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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education and Social Policy (PhD)

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Requirements for the Degree

The program will offer a PhD in Education and Social Policy with the opportunity to earn a

  if the program’s coursework and qualifying exam are completed.

  • PhD students are required to take 12 credits from the core curriculum, 12 methods credits, and 6 research design credits. Additionally, students will have 18 elective credits: six of those will be advanced methods, three will be their chosen discipline (e.g., sociology, psychology, political science), and nine will be in their area of interest (e.g., early childhood policy or social policy). The program is designed to allow the completion of coursework in two years, though taking coursework into the third year is acceptable.

Policy, Education and Human Development Core:

Twelve credits.

Methods Requirements

Twelve credits.

Regression/Multivariate Analysis:

Three credits.

Advanced Quantitative:

One of the following:

Mixed Methods/Evaluation:

One of the following:

Research Design Sequence:

Six credits.


Eighteen credits.


Four credits.

For PhD students, each semester for four academic years, there will be pass/fail colloquium students are required to attend (one credit per semester for the first four semesters, and after that, a zero credit required colloquium).


Nine credits.

Last Revised for 2021-2022 Academic Year

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