Education Policy, PhD

Students in the Education Policy Ph.D. program pursue an individualized program of study that reflects their specific interests in education policy at the local, state, national, or international levels.

The Education Policy Ph.D. program equips graduates with the knowledge and methodological tools to use, understand, and conduct research on the pressing educational issues of the day. Students pursue an individualized program of study that reflects their specific interests, and are required to write a significant qualifying paper and complete a dissertation on an issue in education. At the heart of the Ph.D. program is the research apprenticeship, where students work on research projects alongside faculty members. Doctoral students are matched with Education Policy faculty members whose research interests align with their own. Our program prepares students for a variety of careers, including faculty positions at institutions of higher education, and policy research positions at research firms, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.

View the University’s Academic Requirements for PhD Degrees.

The total number of course units required for graduation is 16.

Disciplinary Foundation Courses
Select two of the following:2
Philosophical Aspects of Education Policy
American Education Reform: History, Policy, Practice
Sociology of Education
Politics and Education
Economic Aspects of Educational Policy
A course approved by your advisor
Research Design
EDUC 591Applied Research Methods to Inform Policy and Practice1
Quantitative Research Methods
EDUC 751Introduction to Applied Quantitative Methods for Education Research: Pre-K to 201
Select two intermediate or advanced level quantitative methods courses approved by student's advisor2
Qualitative Research Methods
EDUC 682Qualitative Modes of Inquiry1
Select one of the following:1
Advanced Qualitative and Case Study Research
Or another qualitative research or mixed methods course approved by the student's advisor
Educational Policy
Select four Education Policy-related courses approved by the student's advisor4
Select four courses4
Total Course Units16

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2018 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.