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Doctoral Degree Programs

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 cutting-edge faculty devising and conducting 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.


Students Receive Multi-Year Fellowships
Student Travel Grants Awarded in 2018
Students Present at Professional Conferences

Ph.D. Specializations

Program Overview


Full-time study

In-person, seminar style classes

Main campus - Riverside

Most classes meet 4-7pm



Doctoral students are eligible to receive competitive fellowships:

Tuition remission

Health insurance

Researcher & teaching opportunities



Take advantage of research opportunities with award-winning faculty

Explore the array of research interests and centers

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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