College of Education and Human Services

How a Degree from Seton Hall Can Advance Your Career
The Seton Hall University Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership, Management and Policy program is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in a college or university. Graduates of the program hold posts such as president, vice president, dean, associate provost, associate vice president and director, and serve as professors and researchers at colleges, universities, and educational and policy organizations throughout the nation.
In addition to working with a distinguished faculty, students count among their peers higher education administrators and teachers living and working in the region as well as students from throughout the nation and world who are attracted to Seton Hall University and the outstanding professional opportunities available in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. Fellow students form the foundation for a valuable network of professional relationships that they can take with them in the future.

How Graduates Have Benefited from the Program

“I began my doctoral program at Seton Hall in 1997 after leaving the healthcare field with many years of service as an administrator. My previous graduate work had well prepared me for my former career, but never did I feel that what I learned in the classroom had any immediate impact on my work. At Seton Hall the reverse was true: Every day I was able to immediately put into practice what I had learned the day before in the classroom. Theory, policy, history and research all came together in a way that was both interesting and useful. I completed the program in 2001 and became a college president in 2004. While this had never been a goal of mine, I had no doubt that my education had given me the tools I needed to be effective in this role. A day does not go by that I do not share with someone how well prepared I am because of Seton Hall.  `Practice what you teach' is what I learned first-hand from the faculty, as well as my fellow students and colleagues. Seton Hall not only gives you the knowledge you need, but the faculty teaches you how to put in into practice.  -- Mary J. Meehan, Ph.D.  '01, President, Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI
“The Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership, Management and Policy program gave me far more than I ever expected when I entered.  I was challenged to think about my profession in new ways, stretched to achieve my best work and supported by the faculty at every step of the way. Perhaps the greatest asset I gained from Seton Hall's program was the confidence to know that I was prepared for the next level in my career. Whether serving on the president's cabinet, speaking to the faculty senate or presenting in the boardroom, my studies helped me to understand how local issues fit into the context of higher education, generally, and to see them through the many lenses found in a university community. The experience was transformational; it changed the way I saw myself contributing to the lives of others and the service I could provide a university.”
 -- Tom Green, Ph.D. '06, Vice President, Enrollment Management, Eastern Michigan University 
The doctoral program in higher education leadership, management and policy at Seton Hall is an amazing opportunity for anyone who is currently working in the field of higher education or aspiring to do so. Having worked in higher education for a number of years, the challenging curriculum, supportive faculty and motivated colleagues have offered an opportunity to expand the breath and depth of my current knowledge base. I would recommend this program without hesitation.  -- Robert L. Miller Jr., M.S., M.B.A, Current Ph.D. Student and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs/Director of Institutional Research, Centenary College

Program Director:
Rong Chen, Ph.D.
(973) 275-2823

For program inquiries:
Kevin Majewski, MA
Graduate Assistant


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