At the Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD), we recognize that our progress as individuals and communities, nationally and globally, must embrace an understanding of education as both a field of practice and a field of study. This Ph.D. program will concentrate on innovative solutions to critical national and global problems in which education and human development play a significant role but which require theoretical and methodological tools from multiple disciplines.
Unique in comparison to peer institutions, students will be selected for GSEHD's Ph.D. in education based on a commitment to the exploration, research, analysis, and problem solving of a compelling key challenge of our time. From the first day of admission to the program, students will be part of a Cross-Disciplinary Research Team of faculty and peers. Over four years of intensive study, as part of a team, students will test and create theories, pursue research, and build knowledge to pioneer ground-breaking, integrated solutions to urgent issues.
The Ph.D. Cross-disciplinary Research Teams (CRT) build on our faculty’s intellectual strengths, research interests, and professional success while also drawing upon the community of colleagues across GW. In working with their CRT, doctoral students will be encouraged to take an expansive approach to solving problems by integrating perspectives from the fields of education, philosophy, economics, sociology, anthropology, psychology, neuroscience, health, and law.
Washington, D.C., offers a unique environment for discovery, scholarship, and meaningful contribution to national and global policy and practice. As members of a CRT, graduates will be positioned to inform, inspire, and influence debate and decision making from local school districts to the federal government, from national research foundations to global institutions including the World Bank Group. We anticipate the inaugural CRTs to begin in fall 2017. Selection for the program is competitive and based on past achievements and fit to the goals and mission of the program. Along with other application materials, interested applicants must submit a statement of purpose articulating a cross-disciplinary education research topic, a rationale supporting the study of that topic, and how it fits within the selected CRT. The topic for the first CRT has been selected and will explore education and inequality at a local, national, and global scale.
Master’s degree in a field relevant to the proposed cross-disciplinary graduate study.
Official transcripts from every institution attended whether or not a degree was completed; graduate and undergraduate.
Official GRE Test scores not older than five years. International students must also submit TOEFL scores not older than two years. TOEFL score minimum for admission is 100 on the Internet-based or 600 paper-based; IELTS of 7.0. The institutional code is 5246.
Three (3) letters of recommendation, with one preferred from a professor in the applicant’s Master’s degree program. Letters will document potential for analytical thinking, research skills/experiences, scholarly writing capabilities, and capacity to explore cross-disciplinary/complex issues.
An essay of less than 1200 words, in which the candidate states his/her purpose in undertaking cross-disciplinary graduate study including: (a) rationale for seeking a Ph.D. in the specified cross-disciplinary research focus; (b) articulation of personal research interests; and (c) how his/her background and related qualifications have prepared him/her for this work and will align with long term goals.
Current curriculum vitae.
Candidates are encouraged to submit a current writing sample. The sample should reflect the candidate’s abilities to articulate complex ideas and to utilize evidence in support of his/her arguments. The writing sample should also provide an example of the candidate’s research skills, as well as her/his engagement with scholarship in pursuing his/her research interests.
Interview by faculty to include a scholarly discussion of how the candidate’s work will fit with the proposed topic of the Cross-Disciplinary Research Team.
Admitted students will be assigned an advising committee consisting of a primary and secondary advisor. Students will work with their primary advisor prior to the first semester to specify classes to be taken in the first academic year.
SEHD 8100 Experimental Course/ Foundations of Education I and II (taken twice; 3 credits each time)
SEHD 8100 Experimental Course/Pro-Seminar (taken twice: 3 credits each time)
6 credits from the following:
EDUC 8130 Survey Research Methods (3 credits)
EDUC 8131 Case Study Research Methods (3 credits)
EDUC 8140 Ethnographic Research Methods (3 credits)
EDUC 8142 Phenomenological Research Methods (3 credits)
EDUC 8144 Discourse Analysis (3 credits)
EDUC 8170 Educational Measurement (3 credits)
EDUC 8171 Predictive Designs and Analyses (3 credits)
EDUC 8172 Multivariate Analysis (3 credits)
EDUC 8173 Structural Equation Modeling (3 credits)
SEHD 8100 Experimental Course/(Advanced research method) (3 credits)
Graduate-level courses determined in consultation with the advisor at the time of admission. Course selections are determined by the focus of the cross-disciplinary research team and the specific interests of the student.
SEHD 8999 Dissertation Research
The successful completion of:
Second-year research project
Oral dissertation proposal defense
Dissertation oral defense