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The Higher Education program at The University of Alabama was founded in 1971, when a small number of such programs existed in the United States. The program today has a dynamic and nationally-recognized faculty, whose areas of scholarship include community colleges, higher education finance, college teaching and learning, student access and outcomes, and organizational behavior. Over the years, hundreds of program graduates have made a deep and positive impact in a range of higher education settings.

The program draws students with professional experience and interests in multiple institutional types, including two-year and four-year institutions, for-profit institutions, policy groups, and non-profit organizations. Across the degree programs, the curriculum is designed to challenge and expand students’ understanding, enabling creative thinking, rigorous analysis, and innovative problem solving.

The program in Higher Education at The University of Alabama welcomes applications from highly-qualified individuals who have strong academic preparation, leadership potential, and a clearly-articulated commitment to the field of higher education. Admission is competitive, as we admit a small number of students each year for our various programs.

Program Coordinators:  Dr. Karri Holley and Dr. Cindy Ann Kilgo



Application Deadlines

Tuscaloosa campus:

  • Masters of Arts (MA) in Higher Education: January 15
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Higher Education:  January 15
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) in Higher Education: January 15

Executive program:

  • Doctor of Education (EdD) Executive Cohort:  February 15

Online program:

  • Masters of Arts (MA) in Higher Education (online): July 15 (fall) and November 1 (spring)

Qualified students interested in graduate assistantships should have all application materials by the application deadline.


Dr. Nathaniel Bray

Professor, Higher Education
207 Carmichael

Dr. Arleene Breaux

Clinical Associate Professor, Higher Education
328E Graves Hall

Dr. David Hardy

Associate Professor, Higher Education
101D Carmichael

Dr. Karri Holley

Professor, Higher Education
323C Graves Hall

Dr. Stephen Katsinas

Professor, Higher Education
212 Carmichael

Dr. Cindy Ann Kilgo

Assistant Professor, Higher Education
315J Graves Hall

Dr. Frankie Santos Laanan

Department Head and Professor, Higher Education
315E Graves

Dr. Claire Major

Professor, Higher Education
301C Graves

Dr. Steve Mobley, Jr.

Assistant Professor, Higher Education
307A Graves Hall

Dr. Krystal Williams

Assistant Professor, Higher Education
308 Graves


Donna Smith

Program Support, MA/Doctoral
302 Graves Hall