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Social Sciences, Humanities, and Interdisciplinary Policy Studies in Education (SHIPS), Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #2 (WUR) Stanford, CA, United States
The power in the SHIPS approach to doctoral study is the way it opens up the possibilities for educational research that comes from combining two distinctive approaches. One is to develop expertise in a disciplinary tradition.
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In this vein the school offers seven programs in Humanities and Social Sciences in education (HSS): anthropology; economics; history; linguistics; organizational studies; philosophy; and sociology. The other approach is to develop expertise in a major issue area in education. In this vein, the school offers four programs in Issue Domains in Education (IDE): educational policy; higher education; international comparative education (ICE); and race, inequality, and language in education (RILE). In addition, students can pursue a dual specialization in one HSS discipline and one IDE area.

All doctoral students in SHIPS may pursue one of three programs options, enrolling in one of the following:

  • A program in one of the seven HSS disciplines, or
  • A program in one of the four IDE areas, or
  • A dual specialization program in one HSS discipline and in one IDE area

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Organizational studies
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Educational policy
  • Higher education
  • International comparative education
  • Race, inequality, and language in education

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 TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

Application Requirements

  • Application Form
  • Application Fee.$125. Application fees are non-refundable and submitted with the online application. The GSE provides a limited number of fee waivers during the application cycle.  To learn more please visit Stanford's Graduate Fee Waivers webpage.
  • Statement of Purpose. Your statement should be typed, single-spaced and should be between one to two pages
  • Resume. Resumes are required of all applicants. Please upload your resume in the online application.
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • College and University Transcripts

Tuition Fee

  • Fellowship/assistantship salary and tuition guaranteed for first five years of the program for all students, including international students

Living costs for Stanford

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


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