Higher Education On-Campus Ph.D. – Higher Education

Higher Education On-Campus Ph.D. Program

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is designed for individuals interested in postsecondary research and/or policy analysis.

Imagine yourself as a faculty member at one of the nation’s leading research institutions or developing progressive education policy alongside leaders in the field. The curriculum in this on-campus Ph.D. program is focused on preparing students for academic or research-based position by combining concepts from economics, public policy, sociology, and organizational theory. Graduating students are prepared for research, faculty, and administrative positions through a combination of core, research-based, and elective, coursework.

Students of this program establish an independent research agenda, develop the ability to contribute to the scholarly literature, and form a connection to policy evaluation. Graduates of this program work in a variety of state policy, research, and teaching positions within state education agencies and postsecondary institutions throughout the United States and abroad.

Additional information about the On-campus Ph.D. program can be obtained by contacting the Program Coordinator, Dr. Justin Ortagus.

Program Requirements

  • bachelor’s, master’s, or terminal degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a degree deemed equivalent by the University Of Florida Office Of Admission.
  • minimum grade point average of 3.0 upper-division (last 60 credits) undergraduate work.
  • An acceptable grade point average for previous graduate work.

For additional questions or concerns about the On-campus Ph.D. program not addressed on the webpage, contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Justin Ortagus. To check on the status of your application please email Angela Rowe.

Program Overview

  • Entry: Fall
  • Typical course load: varies
  • Full-time/Part-time: Full-time/Part-time
  • Application Deadline: January 15th
  • Average Class Size: 10-15 Students
  • Program Completion: ~5 years

Program Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Justin Ortagus

Justin Ortagus, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Director of the Institute of Higher Education, & Program Coordinator for the On Campus Ph.D. program

Cliff Haynes, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator of HDOSE, & Program Coordinator for Online SPHE program

Lindsay Lynch headshot

Lindsay Lynch, Ed.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator for Online Ed.D. program

Affiliate and Emeritus Faculty

Dale F. Campbell, Ph.D.
Retired LEAD Program Coordinator

Zina L. Evans, Ph.D.
Vice President for Enrollment Management and
Associate Provost 
Affiliate Associate Professor

Jeanna Mastrodicasa, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Operations,
IFAS Affiliate Assistant Professor

Arthur Sandeen, Ph.D.
Emeritus UF Vice President for Student Affairs

Mary Kay Schneider-Carodine, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Affiliate Assistant Professor

R. Craig Wood, Ed.D.
Professor, Higher Education Law