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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Please note, we are no longer accepting applications for the 2017-2018 cohort. Application to the 2018-2019 cohort will begin in July 2017.

A new approach to educational research is required to meet the educational challenges of the 21st century. Research must help solve problems of practice and inform the policies needed to scale and support evidence-based practices. Achieving this will require both an interdisciplinary approach and the integration of research, policy, and practice.

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

One of the few programs of its kind in the country, it draws upon the intellectual resources from across the Johns Hopkins community, and provides an extraordinary learning environment that promotes multi-disciplinary collaboration among students and leading evidence-based scholars. Students will take courses across the university’s world class divisions and work on research teams at the SOE’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 SOE 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 and a $25,500 annual stipend to support full-time study.

In addition the, PhD program offers a unique learning experience where students can plan their course of study based on their interests of finding solutions to pressing problems in education. The framework for the program is focused on research methodology, core knowledge, and the dissemination and application of that knowledge to ensure program graduates are equipped to assume roles as university faculty, researchers, or leaders in policy-making. 

Program Highlights

  • Integrate interdisciplinary perspectives into the student’s program of study
  • Access the resources of a world-renowned research institution 
  • Work with SOE's leading educational reform researchers, research centers, and AERA Fellows
  • Enroll in courses across 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.


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Faculty Contact
 Dr. Amy Shelton

Sr. Academic Program Administrator
Janet Mason