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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Please note, we expect to begin accepting applications for AY2018-2019 on July 1, 2017. The deadline for submission for AY2018-2019 will be January 15, 2018.

The full-time Doctor of Philosophy program at the School of Education is designed to prepare exceptional interdisciplinary scholars to address policy and practice challenges associated with improving preK-12 learning outcomes.

The School of Education’s PhD program offers a unique learning experience where the course of study is individually tailored based on the student’s interest in finding solutions to pressing problems in education. The framework for the program is based on the apprenticeship model, which includes one-to-one mentoring and participation in research from day one. The program is designed to ensure that graduates are equipped to assume roles as university faculty, researchers or leaders in policy-making.

Students will take courses offered by the university’s world-class divisions and work on research teams at School of Education’s Center for Social Organization of Schools, Center for Research and Reform in Education and Success For All, the nationally acclaimed research-driven, whole-school reform model. In addition, the School of Education has 20 joint faculty appointments with the university’s schools of medicine, nursing and public health.

Each year between four and eight PhD candidates will be admitted and receive full tuition assistance, as well as a $25,500 annual stipend to support full-time study.

Program Highlights

  • Integrate interdisciplinary perspectives into the student's program of study
  • Access the resources of a world-renowned research institution
  • Work with the School of Education's leading educational reform researchers, research centers, and AERA Fellows
  • Enroll in courses offered by the university's world-class divisions, including education, arts and sciences, public health and medicine

Program Outline and Requirements
Program Goals
Admissions Requirements
SOE Faculty Bios
PhD Student Handbook

Questions? Our admissions staff would be happy to help you at or 877-JHU-SOE1.


Contact Us

Faculty Contact
 Dr. Amy Shelton

Sr. Academic Program Administrator
Janet Mason