When choosing a degree, it’s nearly always in a student’s best interest to strive for the highest level of education possible. In many fields, a doctoral degree is considered standard. In others, it is not yet standard but is always considered as an asset when hiring. In addition, many industries have begun to require or prefer doctoral degrees where, once, only a Bachelor’s degree was needed.
In virtually every situation, if a doctoral degree is not required, it’s certainly a huge asset to a student both as they begin their career and throughout their lives. The following is a list of HBCU schools currently offering doctoral programs, as well as a quick review of which programs are offered at each school.
Alabama A&M University
Located in Huntsville, Alabama A&M’s Graduate Studies program offers doctoral degrees in Food Science, Education and Physics, as well as nearly twenty separate doctoral degrees in varying aspects of agriculture, forestry and plant sciences.
Albany State University
Located in Albany, Georgia, Albany State’s Graduate Program offers a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership through their College of Education.
Bowie State University
Bowie State is the oldest Historically Black College in Maryland and one of the ten oldest in the country. The Bowie State Graduate School offers doctor at oral programs for both Educational Leadership and Computer Science.
Clark Atlanta University
At their Atlanta, Georgia campus through various departments, Clark Atlanta’s Graduate Studies program offers several doctoral degrees. These include Social Work, Education, Doctor of Arts in Humanities with a concentration in either History or Romance Languages. Students can also choose a doctoral degree in Chemistry or a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science.
Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville State University is the second-oldest public institution of higher education in North Carolina. At their Fayetteville, North Carolina campus, FSU offers a doctorate in Educational Leadership.
Florida A&M University
Located in Tallahassee, FAMU’s Graduate Studies program offers several doctoral programs. These include degrees in Physics, Educational Leadership and Entomology, as well as several different doctorates in the fields of Engineering and Environmental Science.
Grambling State University
At their Grambling, Louisiana campus, GSU’s Graduate Studies department offers three doctorate degrees in Education. These are Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction and Developmental Leadership.
Located in Hampton, Virginia, HU’s Graduate College offers doctoral degrees in Physical Therapy as well as several disciplines of Physics and Astronomy.
One of the country’s oldest HBCUs, Howard’s Graduate School offers a broad range of doctoral degrees in the following disciplines (some disciplines offer multiple degrees): English, African Studies, Medicine, Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work, Psychology, Political Science, Chemistry, Communications, Economics, Education, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computing Engineering, Nutritional Sciences Curriculum Studies and History.
Jackson State University
Located in Jackson, Mississippi, JSU’s Graduate School offers doctorates in Urban Higher Education, Psychology, Chemistry and Environmental Science.
At their Langston, Oklahoma campus, LU’s Graduate Education school offers students can pursue a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy.
Meharry Medical College
Located in Nashville, Tennessee, the Meharry Medical College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and offers a doctoral degree in Biomedical Sciences.
Morehouse School of Medicine
At their Atlanta, Georgia campus, the Morehouse School of Medicine offers two doctoral degrees; Doctor of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Morgan State University
Located in Baltimore, Maryland, MSU’s advanced studies program offers doctorates in Bio-Environmental Science, Business Administration, several Engineering disciplines, English and several Education fields.
Norfolk State University
At their Norfolk, Virginia campus, NSU’s graduate program offers doctorates in Social Work and Psychology.
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina A&T State University – Located in Greensboro, NCAT’s graduate program offers excellent opportunities for doctoral degrees in STEM fields, with 11 doctoral degrees available through 9 doctoral programs. Students can pursue a Ph.D in Computational Science and Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Energy and Environmental Systems (with three potential concentrations), Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Nanoengineering. Non-STEM doctoral possibilities include Rehabilitation Counseling and Leadership Studies.
Prairie View A&M University
At their Prairie View, Texas campus, PVAMU’s Graduate Studies program offers students doctorate options in Educational Leadership, Electrical Engineering, Clinical Adolescent Psychology and Juvenile Justice.
South Carolina State University
Located in Orangeburg, South Carolina, SCSU’s Graduate Program offers a doctoral degree in Education.
Southern University and A&M College
At their Baton Rouge, Louisiana campus, Southern’s Graduate Studies program offers students the choice between doctorates in Public Policy, Science and Mathematics Education and Special Education.
Tennessee State University
Located in Nashville, TSU’s Graduate Studies & Research program offers doctorates in Biological Sciences, Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, Education, Computer & Information Systems Engineering, and Public Administration.
Texas Southern University
At their Houston campus, TSU’s Graduate School offers doctoral degrees in Counselor Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Administration, Urban Planning and Environmental Policy and Environmental Toxicology.
Located in Tuskegee, Alabama, TU’s Graduate Degree Programs offers doctorates in the disciplines of Integrative Bio-sciences, Material Science and Engineering, and Interdisciplinary Pathobiology.
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
At the oldest HCBU in the state, UAPB’s Graduate Studies and Continuing Education program offers students the opportunity to earn a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree in Aquaculture/Fisheries. This is the only such program in Arkansas, and gives students the skills they need to succeed either in Arkansas’ $167 billion aquaculture industry or anywhere in the world.
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
At their Princess Anne, Maryland campus, UMES’s Graduate Program offers doctoral degrees in the fields of Food Science and Technology, Educational Leadership, Marine-Estuarine Environmental Sciences and Organizational Leadership.
Xavier University of Louisiana
Located in exciting New Orleans, Louisiana, Xavier is the only Catholic HBCU in the country. Xavier’s Graduate Program provides opportunities for students to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm. D). The College of Pharmacy at XU emphasizes cutting-edge knowledge blended with outreach to the medically undeserved.