College of Education and Human Services

Doctoral students will be considered for matriculation after completing 18 core course credits and by demonstrating competence in the core courses by successfully passing a qualifying written examination. The 18-credit core provides a common educational experience to doctoral students in both the Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs. The six courses include three courses with specific higher education content (Introduction to Higher Education as a Field of Study, Historical Development, and Organization and Governance of Higher Education), two courses that provide a foundation for research skills (Directed Research and Statistical Methods in Education) and a policy analysis course that provides a foundation for understanding how public policy for education is shaped. The core courses are:

ELMP 6005
Statistical Methods
ELMP 6101
Introduction to Higher Education as a Field of Study
ELMP 7765
Policy Analysis in Administration
ELMP 8891
Directed Research
ELMP 9993
Organization and Governance in Higher Education
ELMP 9997
Historical Development of American Education

Students are prohibited from taking additional credits until successfully passing the qualifying written examination and will have only two opportunities to pass the qualifying written examination.


I. Advanced Content (minimum 9 credits)

ELMP 6102
American College Student
ELMP 7774
Comparative Study
ELMP 9994
Faculty Personnel
ELMP 9995
Finance of Higher Ed.
ELMP 9998
Curriculum & Instruction

II. Research Skills (minimum 12 credits)

ELMP 8616*
Intermediate Statistical Methods
ELMP 8986
Qualitative Research
ELMP 8890
Survey Research
ELMP 8894
Applied Quantitative Research
ELMP 8895
Program Evaluation
ELMP 8896
Multivariate Statistics
ELMP 9962
Advanced Qualitative Res.
*Required courses in 12 credit minimum

III. Dissertation Seminar (6 Credits)
ELMP 9979
Dissertation Seminar I
ELMP 9980
Dissertation Seminar II

For additional information on courses and curricula, please see the Graduate Catalogue.

Program Director:
Rong Chen, Ph.D.

(973) 275-2823

For program inquiries:
Kevin Majewski, MA
Graduate Assistant


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