Academic Catalog


Doctor of Philosophy Community College Leadership (PhD)

4100 Education Building

Mitch Williams, Graduate Program Director

The Ph.D. degree in Community College Leadership is designed to meet the executive leadership needs of the nation’s community colleges. The curriculum is designed for professionals who want to increase their knowledge and leadership opportunities in areas such as: curriculum, finance, leadership and administration, policy development, and workforce development. Students develop skills that enable them to assume advanced leadership positions at community colleges; work for state councils of higher education; or work at regional, national, and discipline-specific accrediting bodies.

Students take classes as part of a cohort which provides a shared learning experience, builds community, and broadens students' professional networks. Working professionals across the U.S. engage in live, online weekly class meetings throughout the year, as well as attend an annual, two-week Summer Institute where they engage faculty, colleagues, and guest scholars. The curriculum includes four parts: core courses, a research courses, electives, and dissertation. This program is available online.