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Engineering with Emphasis in Engineering Education and Transformative Practice, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) Athens, GA, United States
The Engineering Education and Transformative Practice Emphasis offered by The University of Georgia prepares graduates for broad practice and academic applications at the intersection of human and technical systems. 
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  • In a globally connected and changing world, engineers must work across national, domain, and disciplinary boundaries to effectively address complex, socio-technical challenges. To fully assume this expanding responsibility of the engineering profession, we must transform the ways engineering students are educated at the undergraduate level and also equip future engineers at the graduate level with the skills and orientations to become boundary spanners and change leaders. 
  • The emphasis area Engineering Education and Transformative Practice addresses these related challenges in a novel, interdisciplinary PhD program.  Through an innovative fusion of methods of social inquiry, knowledge of human development, and tools for positive change embedded in a context of deep technical competence, graduates of the Engineering with Emphasis in Engineering Education and Transformative Practice offered by The University of Georgia are enabled to provide transformative leadership in a variety of educational, technical, and organizational settings. Upon graduation, students will be able to apply their unique skill set to a diverse range of contexts, including formal and informal education environments, engineering practice, learning organizations, social entrepreneurship, customer discovery, leadership, and policy.
  • The area of emphasis comprises two broad pathways that frame the flexible and context-appropriate development of the individual plan of study and research.
  • Engineering Education focuses on the complex processes that underpin the learning and professional socialization of engineers across the k through gray spectrum. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, questions of teaching and learning in university, k-gray, and informal settings; development of technical competence and broad professional attributes such as creativity, empathy, and ethical reasoning; the innovative use of technology in education; and issues of underrepresentation and inclusiveness in engineering.
  • Transformative Practice focuses on investigating and understanding engineering knowing and doing in contemporary engineering practice settings. Areas of investigation include, but are not limited to, engineering work at the intersection of organizational practices, disciplinary domains, and cutting-edge technological developments; professional development in interdisciplinary and inter-professional spaces; and collaboration, innovation and cross-domain integration that characterize engineering work in the context of 21st century, grand challenges.
Career opportunities:
  • Students earning a PhD in Engineering with Emphasis in Engineering Education and Transformative Practice find success in a range of careers in industry, government, nonprofit organizations and academe in positions of both technical and managerial leadership.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Rolling Admission 
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Engineering Education Research and Methodology
  • Current Issues as a Lens for the Integration of Engineering Education Research and Teaching Practice
  • Educational Research and Evaluation Methods in Engineering
  • Theories of Learning and Human Development in Contemporary Engineering Education Research
  • Foundations of Science and Technology Studies
  • Independent Study in Engineering Formation and Transformative Practice
  • Community-Engaged Research 
  • Quantitative Methods in Higher Education
  • Team and Organizational Development
  • Culture-Centered Communication and Engagement
  • Psychology of Prejudice
  • Contemporary Entrepreneurship and Management Practices for Educators.

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

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    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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Students holding a B.S. degree or M.S. in engineering from an ABET accredited program or a B.S. or M.S. in a related field from an accredited institution are invited to apply for admission.
  • Candidates for the Ph.D. degree with an emphasis in Engineering Education and Transformative Practice are expected to acquire the skills, knowledge, and orientations that enable them to make creative and original contributions to their discipline at the national or international level.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1029 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1029 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    363 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 363 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Athens

  • 720 - 1170 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Most of the graduate students receive financial support in the form of graduate assistantships, which provide a stipend and tuition waiver. Assistantships are awarded annually on a competitive basis to qualified graduate students, and they require part-time teaching, research, or other academic duties 

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