Three degrees are offered in Higher Education: M.Ed., D.Ed., and Ph.D. The Higher Education student's program of study is not prescribed; the specific design and content are the joint responsibility of the student, the Higher Education advisor, and the minor or discipline field adviser.
Flexibility is considered a valuable asset in the establishment of stimulating, imaginative, and scholarly programs suited to the particular background and interests of individual students and to the demands of the profession and the scholarly study of higher education.
At Penn State, this flexibility rests on the opportunity to choose from among the total resources of the University and from those provided by Higher Education faculty members whose established interests encompass a substantial range of scholarship and specialization. In addition to programs for majors in Higher Education, a minor is offered for students interested in combining such study with another major field of study.
The Higher Education Program offers both the Ph.D. and D.Ed. The career goal of one pursuing a D.Ed. should be the professional practice of higher education administration. The career goal of one pursuing a Ph.D. should be research and scholarly work.