Study toward the doctoral degree in education at Washington University is designed to deepen a student's analytic understanding of education and to develop competence in research and teaching. The goal of the Ph.D. program is to prepare students to join the community of scholars who contribute to our understanding of education. Successful applicants will make clear the nature of their commitment to an academic career in their research statement.
In addition to regular courses and research seminars, the program includes a doctoral seminar, and opportunities for teaching and public presentations of research. Required and elective courses provide the student with a foundation of scholarship in education and prepare the student for the qualifying examination and the Ph.D. dissertation.
Students working toward a Ph.D. in education are expected to develop a broad understanding of education as a complex activity and as a field of study. Students are also expected to acquire theoretical and empirical expertise in an area of concentration. Finally, students are expected to acquire methodological competence in empirical inquiry.
Application and Admission
Decisions regarding admission to the doctoral program are made once a year by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in consultation with the Doctoral Admissions Committee of the Department of Education (comprised of Department's tenured and tenure track faculty). All students are admitted for the fall semester. In order to be considered for admission, an applicant must submit a complete dossier to Washington University no later than January 1.
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