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Doctoral Degree Programs

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The School of Education's doctoral program prepares the next generation of thought leaders and researchers in education. As a Ph.D. student, you can choose to specialize in one of the following areas: Education Policy Analysis and Leadership; Education, Society, and Culture; Educational Psychology; Higher Education Administration and Policy; School Psychology; or Special Education.

As a doctoral student, you'll work alongside faculty devising and conducting cutting-edge research that brings about positive change for students of all ages and abilities. You'll have opportunities to present research, co-author scholarly papers, and explore ideas with some of the most respected leaders in the field of education. Once you graduate with a doctorate, you’ll join a vibrant SOE alumni network, and be prepared to enter a position in educational research, university teaching, local school leadership, or similar area.



No GRE required



No master’s degree or major prerequisites required



94% students receive multi-year fellowships



Most diverse Education faculty in the UC System, UCOP Info Center 2020


Program Overview

  • Full-time study
  • In-person, seminar style classes
  • Main campus - Riverside
  • Most classes meet 4-7pm
  • Duration: five years


Doctoral students are eligible to receive competitive fellowships:

  • Tuition remission
  • Health insurance
  • Researcher & teaching opportunities


Ph.D. Specializations

The SOE offers six specializations within the Ph.D. in education program. You'll find faculty research interests within the specializations align with the program curriculum. Prospective students should identify the specialization and corresponding faculty member that align with their own research interests and clearly identify them in the statement of purpose essay.

Student Spotlight

Emad Alussaif, Ph.D. '20

"My dream is to be a researcher, and SOE's special education program is home to some of the world's top special education researchers. Faculty at SOE provide us with the tools, methods, and knowledge that shape our way of thinking systematically and scientifically. The professors work closely with you, and are happy to help you anytime, no matter where you from are, what language you speak, or what type of help you seek. At SOE, you are surrounded by the professionals who will take hold of your hand and help you achieve your goal."

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