Doctor of Philosophy in Education

Become an Education Change Agent

The doctor of philosophy (PhD) in education degree program is designed to create opportunities for cross-disciplinary research by concentrating on critical national and global problems in which education and human development play a significant role. To adequately address issues, scholars require both a strong foundation in education as well as theoretical and disciplinary grounding in multiple disciplines. The PhD program is distinguished by four characteristics: candidates apply to a cross-disciplinary research concentration that is focused on a critical problem related to education and human development; approaches to the research problems require a cross-disciplinary lens; students engage in individual and collaborative research throughout their program; and candidates aspire to careers in which the production of research is paramount.


Choose a Concentration to Match Your Research Interests and Career Goals

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Comparative and International Education Concentration Research education as a means of developing individuals, communities, nations, and the world, as well as the institutions that support educational improvement and the common good.
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Curriculum and Instruction Concentration Conducts research in the field of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) toward academic, social, cultural, environmental, and civic advancement. 
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Education and Inequality Concentration Study the intersection of power, race, place, and identity as key areas informing consideration of education and inequality.
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Education Policy Concentration Develop expertise in examining and assessing education problems and their interaction with their broader social environments. 
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Human and Organizational Learning Concentration Take a cross-disciplinary approach to the study and application of leadership, learning, culture, and change at the individual, organizational, and societal levels.
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Human-Technology Collaboration Concentration Drawing upon faculty and experts from education, data science, engineering, psychology, business, public health, and medical informatics, this program takes an interdisciplinary approach to education and research into how the collaborations of people and machines shape the future.