PhD in Policy Studies in Urban Education

Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Applicants must submit transcripts from the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and from all postbaccalaureate work. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Baccalaureate Field No restrictions.
  • Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study and for all postbaccalaureate course work.
  • Tests Required GRE General.
  • Minimum English Competency Test Score
    • TOEFL 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based). Note: Total score is higher than the sum of the subscores; 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21 (New Paper-Based—after August 2018); 550 (Institutional Testing Paper-Based—prior to August 2018), OR,
    • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three letters from faculty members or others familiar with the applicant’s previous academic training, academic and research ability, and experience.
  • Personal Statement This required statement must address the applicant’s professional and scholarly goals.
  • Other Requirements A College of Education application form and a set of transcripts must be submitted.
  • Deadlines Application deadlines for this program are listed on the Graduate College website.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required
    • Educational Organization and Leadership Concentration: 100 semester hours from the baccalaureate degree, 68 from the master’s degree.
    • Social Foundations of Education Concentration: 100 semester hours from the baccalaureate degree, 68 from the master’s degree.
  • Course Work
    • Required Course Hours
      • Educational Organization and Leadership Concentration—Minimum beyond the master's: 32 semester hours in required courses, 12 in required concentration-specific courses, 12 in elective courses.
      • Social Foundations of Education Concentration—Minimum beyond the master's: 32 semester hours in required courses, 16 in required and selective concentration-specific courses, 8 in elective courses.
Course Title
Required Courses
College Doctoral Core (12 semester hours)
Urban Contexts and Educational Research
Introduction to Educational Research: Paradigms and Processes
Introduction to Educational Research: Designs and Analyses
Research Methodology (12 semester hours)
Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry in Education
Essentials of Quantitative Inquiry in Education
One additional 4-semester-hour course in qualitative or quantitative research methodology (must be approved by the faculty advisor).
Educational Policy Studies Program Core (8 semester hours)
Introduction to Doctoral Education in Policy Studies a
Introduction to Academic Writing in Educational Policy Studies (2 hours) a
Professional Career Training in Education Policy Studies (2 hours) b
Concentrations
Select from the following areas of concentration:
Educational Organization and Leadership
Social Foundations of Education

Educational Organization and Leadership Concentration

Course Title
Required Concentration-Specific Courses (12 semester hours)
The Education Policy Process
Organization Theory in Education
Administrative and Leadership Theory in Education
Electives
Each student will support the concentration-specific courses with 12 semester hours of elective courses, selected with the faculty advisor. Elective courses should be chosen to meet one or more of three criteria: (1) expand breadth of study; (2) deepen depth of study; (3) enrich study of research methodology.

Social Foundations of Education Concentration

Course Title
Required Concentration-Specific Courses (16 semester hours)
Social Theory in Educational Foundations
Select three (12 hours) of the following:
City Schools: Education in the Urban Environment
Advanced Foundational Studies in Philosophy of Education
History and Historiography in Education
The Criminalization of Youth in Urban Schools
Political Economy of Urban Education
Politics of Gender, Sexuality, and Education
Globalization and Education
Cultural Studies in Education
Economics of Education
Historical and Philosophical Analysis of Education Policy
The Education Policy Process
Sociology of Education
Cultural Pluralism and Education Policy
Women in Education
Critical Race Theory: Race and Racism in Education
Special Topics in Educational Policy
Electives
Each student will support the concentration-specific courses with 8 semester hours of elective courses, selected with the faculty advisor. Elective courses should be chosen to meet one or more of three criteria: (1) expand breadth of study; (2) deepen depth of study; (3) enrich study of research methodology.
  • Examinations 

    • Comprehensive Written Qualifying Examination: Required. Successful completion of the comprehensive exam qualifies students to enter the dissertation proposal stage of the program. The examination focuses on program curriculum, the student’s area of concentration, and research methods. No student with a cumulative GPA below 3.00/4.00 will be permitted to take the qualifying examination. Students who fail to pass all components after the second attempt will be recommended by the program faculty to the Graduate College for dismissal from the program.

    • Preliminary Examination: Required. The preliminary examination is taken at the completion of all course work. The examination is primarily oral but may contain a written component. The primary purpose of the preliminary examination is review and approval of the dissertation proposal and admission of the student to degree candidacy.

  • Dissertation Required. Students must earn at least 12 semester hours in EDPS 599.

  • Other Requirements All students must complete a training course sponsored by the Office for the Vice Chancellor for Research on the ethics of conducting research with human subjects. Students are required to submit an annual report of their academic and professional progress.

Interdepartmental Concentrations

Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling in select concentrations after consulting with their graduate advisor. Interdepartmental concentrations available for this degree include: