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Educational Studies, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #401 (ARWU) Norman, OK, United States
The doctoral program in Educational Studies offers liberally educated practitioners of education professional preparation for the professoriate in Educational Studies and other fields of Education, for educational innovation in other fields, or for intellectual and moral leadership in other educative roles. 
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Working initially with an assigned adviser, each doctoral student appoints an advisory committee of five graduate faculty members, chaired by one from Educational Studies, to assist with formation of an individualized doctoral curriculum plan. 

Educational Studies Ph.D. requirements include core courses in philosophy, history, and sociology of education; a program of coursework that includes both a major emphasis and a minor emphasis as well as specific research tools tailored to each student’s professional purposes and talents; a residency program that includes relevant professional teaching, research, and service activities; a general examination and a dissertation. 

In lieu of a minor emphasis, a doctoral student may work with an advisory committee co-chair from another field to design a second major emphasis to construct an applied scholarly specialty in Educational Studies (e.g., educational disability studies, bilingual educational studies, philosophy of STEM education, sociology of educational athletics, history of educational psychology, biographical studies of educational leadership, Native American educational studies, etc.). 

Also, the doctoral program of study may include coursework that meets requirements for a graduate certificate offered by another academic unit (e.g., for principals or superintendents, or in Women’s & Gender Studies), to sharpen the focus of a student’s Educational Studies scholarship.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Educational disability studies
  • Bilingual educational studies
  • Philosophy of STEM education
  • Sociology of educational athletics
  • History of educational psychology
  • Biographical studies of educational leadership

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • Transcripts 
  • Financial Support Documentation 
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Admission Application Fee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28263 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28263 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    18378 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18378 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Norman

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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