Higher Education: Doctorate – Program Features

Project-Based Learning



Maryville’s nationally accredited program is recognized throughout the St. Louis region as a leader in administrator preparation. With a strong foundation of theory, practical application, and a developed personal philosophy about leadership, the program produces highly respected leaders. Our graduates assume roles in higher education teaching, support, and leadership within such varied areas as student affairs, enrollment management, student services, and the academic professions.

The program’s cohort plan, consisting of 15 to 22 students who advance through their classes together, builds a permanent network of trusted colleagues as they proceed through the two-and-one-half year program and into a new career. Cohorts will focus exclusively on the higher education concentration.

A capstone project is begun early in the doctoral degree program and is completed at the conclusion of the last class. Through their research and investigation, students investigate their practices, and institute procedures that will increase their effectiveness as practitioners. The capstone should be supported in their professional context and has a practical, positive impact for their university, school or organization.

An internship experience, completed over the course of the program, is designed to focus on hands-on experience with professionals involved in various aspects of operations and governance of higher institutions.

Professional Partnerships

Maryville is proud to work with numerous corporate and civic organizations in St. Louis and beyond through partnerships created in support of our academic programs and student opportunities. The list of the University's partners is long, impressive, and ever expanding: Rawlings, Mercy, St. Louis Public Schools, Parkway School District, Edward Jones, Northwestern Mutual, RGA, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, and Maritz, just to name a few.

Our partners provide students with opportunities to experience hands-on involvement in real-world projects, requiring them to hone market-ready skills even before they graduate. Students also experience a variety of work environments and develop a network of industry contacts through these partnerships, so Maryville graduates often have a competitive edge in the job market. In fact, many of our partners provide valuable internships—which can lead to full-time jobs with the firm or agency.


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