Human & Organizational Learning Cross-Disciplinary Team (Example 2)

Apply to the Ph.D in Education

Conduct research on complex organizational topics while developing theories and models to guide global, equitable, and sustainable organizational practices on our inaugural Human and Organizational Learning Cross Disciplinary research team. This team will be dedicated to understanding the changing nature of working in an environment of rapid sociocultural and technological changes. Examples of general problems addressed in this program of study include:

  • How do institutional environments, informal learning ecosystems, and emerging lifelong learning patterns foster innovation in global and indigenous workforce development models and framework?
  • What are the emerging learning and leadership strategies in an environment driven by rapid socio-cultural and technological changes such as artificial intelligence and data analytics to foster sustainable economic and organizational models?
  • How can neuroscience and emerging findings from evolutionary biology contribute to our understanding of learning and development in organizations?
  • What are the implications of the changing nature of work on effective organizational structures and change processes, and on social equity and inclusion?


Master’s degree in a field relevant to teaching and learning is required.


Official transcripts from every institution attended whether or not a degree was completed; graduate and undergraduate.

Standardized Test Scores

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.

Recommendations Required

Three (3) letters of recommendation, with one preferred from a professor in the applicant’s Master’s degree program.

Statement of Purpose

An essay of 1200 words or less, through which the candidate clearly identifies the purpose in undertaking cross-disciplinary graduate study in teaching and learning that includes: (a) rationale for seeking a Ph.D. in Human & Organizational Learning; (b) articulation of personal research interests and how those align with those of the faculty in the program; and (c) how the applicant’s background and related qualifications prepared for this work and align with long term goals.

Curriculum Vitae

Current curriculum vitae.

Writing Requirement (Optional)

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 evidence of the candidate’s research skills and engagement with scholarship.


Interviews may be required. Applicants should be prepared to discuss the alignment of their research interests with those of the program faculty,


    Application Deadline: This program is currently accepting applications for Fall 2021.

    For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions FAQ page.


PhD Foundations of Educational Science (6 credits)

PhD Pro-Seminars (6 credits)

PhD Research Methods (12 credits)

EDUC 8120 Group Comparison Designs and Analyses (3 credits)
EDUC 8122 Qualitative Research Methods (3 credits)
Advanced Research Methods – Quantitative (3 credits)
Advanced Research Methods – Qualitative (3 credits)

HOL Core (15 credits)

HOL 8100: Socio-cultural and Technological Changes in the Workplace (3 credits)
HOL 8100: Technology and the Human Mind (3 credits)
HOL 8701: Adult Learning Research, Theory and Practice (3 credits) HOL 8703: Human Systems Change (3 credits)
HOL 8704: Leadership in Organizations (3 credits)

Cross-disciplinary Individualized Coursework (9 credits)

PSYC 8251: Behavioral Neuroscience
PSC 8229: Politics and Public Policy
IBUS 8464: Seminar on Knowledge & Innovation in the International Economy
ECON 8345: Industrial Organization
HFR 8313: Knowledge Translation in Healthcare
THS 8103: Principles of Collaboration and Team Science
ECON 6255: Economics and Technological Change
IAFF 6142: Technology Creation and Diffusion
PUBH 6004: Environmental and Occupational Health in a Sustainable World
IASF 6141: International Science and Technology Policy
EMSE 6290: Climate Change: Policy, Impacts and Responses

Dissertation Research (12 credits)

HOL 8999 Dissertation Research (12 credits)