Doctor of Philosophy in Education

The full-time PhD is an evidence-based research training program that applies a one-to-one apprenticeship model to pair exceptional interdisciplinary candidates with nationally acclaimed faculty mentors. Candidates develop research skills necessary to investigate whole-school educational reforms at the pre-K through secondary school levels and to establish careers in higher education, educational research, and policymaking.

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Hunter Gehlbach, PhD
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Doctor of Philosophy

At A Glance*

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Format

FULL-TIME

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Location

BALTIMORE

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Credits

72

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Start Term 

FALL 

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Completion Time

4+ YEARS

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Application Deadline

JANUARY 31
2020

*Information for students entering program for academic year 2020-2021

Application Requirements and Deadlines
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Enrollment:Full-Time
Start Terms:Fall only
Application Deadline: The PhD program application for the Fall 2020 application cycle has closed. The final deadline to submit a completed application was January 31, 2020. The Fall 2021 application cycle is scheduled to open in mid-August 2020. Please complete a Request for Information form to receive important updates and announcements for the Fall 2021 admission period.
Prerequisite:A master’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university. Previous degrees must document outstanding academic achievement in an area of study closely associated with the objectives of this PhD program.
Application Requirements:Online application form
$80.00 application fee
Resume/CV
Essay:A personal statement of professional goals (not to exceed 750 words) including responses to the following questions:
1) How will participating in the program advance your career?
2) What experiences have you had that relate to school improvement?
3) What do you hope to learn as a result of being a student in the doctoral program?
Writing sample: a sample of an applicant's most professional writing that demonstrates analytic and critical writing skills (average 10-20 pages).
Three Letters of Recommendation:At least three letters of recommendation - two submitted by faculty members who are familiar with the student's previous academic work, and one submitted by a supervisor or administrator who has been in a position to evaluate the student’s professional development.
Official GRE scores
Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
An interview may be required
International Applicants:Please reference the International Student Admission Instructions for additional requirements.
Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change for ensuing academic years, and will be updated on the School of Education website accordingly.

Doctoral Programs
EdD program$1,458 per credit
PhD program$43,923 per academic year

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Program Description

The full-time Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD) at the Johns Hopkins School of Education is world-class, research-focused program that prepares exceptional interdisciplinary scholars to investigate policies and practices that improve learning in students from pre-K through secondary school. Immersion in research methods starts on day one. Students benefit from the mentorship of nationally acclaimed education reform researchers in a one-to-one apprenticeship model. The Johns Hopkins PhD favors a whole-school reform approach. Doctoral candidates work in an individually tailored area of interest supported by faculty advisers with a strong emphasis on methodology and statistics, honing the skills necessary for successful research dissertations and to begin productive careers in higher education as professors, researchers, and policymakers at leading research-intensive universities, institutes, and centers.

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Core Faculty

Robert Balfanz

Marcia Davis, PhD

Marcia Davis

Lieny Jeon

Lieny Jeon

Martha MacIver

Martha Mac Iver

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Eric Rice

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Marc Stein

Ashley Berner

Ashley Berner

Norma L. Day-Vines

Norma Day-Vines

Richard Lofton

Richard Lofton

Stephen L. Morgan, PhD

Stephen Morgan

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Amy Shelton

Julia Burdick-Will

Julia Burdick-Will

Hunter Gehlbach

Hunter Gehlbach

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Douglas J. Mac Iver

Jonathan Plucker

Jonathan Plucker

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Robert Slavin

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PROGRAM PLAN

Program outline and requirements

Program requirements include earning a minimum of 72 graduate credits taken at the doctoral level at Johns Hopkins University. While the program will be tailored to the specific learning needs of each student, it includes the following coursework components:

  • Research Methods and Statistics courses (minimum 18 credit hours)
  • Core Seminars (15 credit hours)
  • Major and/or minor area electives and readings (minimum 21 credit hours)
  • Dissertation Research (18 credit hours)

In addition to successfully completing the coursework requirements, candidates must satisfy the following program benchmarks:

  • Research progress
  • Written and oral comprehensive examinations
  • Dissertation proposal oral examination
  • Graduate Board oral examination
  • Final dissertation exam

All School of Education PhD students will devote at least four years to full-time study and research as a resident student. Students are expected to maintain enrollment as full-time graduate students over the course of the program. With the approval of their adviser and PhD program director, students may petition to transfer up to 12 credit hours of previously completed graduate-level coursework to substitute for selected courses.

Dissertation

The program is designed as an apprenticeship model leading to a traditional research dissertation. The expectation is that students will develop the skills and knowledge throughout the program required to pursue a traditional research dissertation. Although the dissertation is not part of the formal coursework, the program is designed to put a student on track to develop an area of expertise as the foundation for an independent research project directed by the adviser. Students are expected to complete and defend a dissertation proposal by the end of the third year and use the final year to complete and defend the dissertation. The dissertation is expected to demonstrate mastery of the relevant literature and scholarship in the collection and interpretation of data. The work should be appropriate for publication in high-impact journals in the student’s area of expertise. The dissertation will be presented at a final oral defense before the student’s Dissertation Advisory Committee.

Fellowship

All PhD students at the School of Education are eligible for a Fellowship for up to four years. The Fellowship includes a yearly stipend and will cover tuition and fees. The Fellowship will also cover individual health, dental, and vision insurance. All PhD students must be registered full-time and be in good academic standing every semester to continue to be eligible for their Fellowship.

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Course descriptions, locations, and availability

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Program Goals

Graduates will be prepared to fill faculty and research scientist positions at research-intensive universities, research institutes, and centers that conduct and manage large-scale education-based evaluations. Upon successful program completion, graduates will be expected to:

  • Bridge successfully the theory and research to evidence-based practice gap.
  • Become actively involved in public policy development and evaluation.
  • Conduct research on complex databases linking educational practices to student outcomes, or lead laboratory- or school-based research programs that inform efforts to improve educational practices and student outcomes.
  • Develop national models of educational practice that guide curriculum development and educator preparation.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What educational backgrounds do most students in the program come from (as in, their experiences in education)?

Students in the program come in with a range of experiences. Most, but not all, have been in the K–12 space as teachers. All have master’s degrees, and about two-thirds of those are in education. We have stressed strong graduate GPA and GRE scores, but we also look at the whole package. We look for students who have some understanding of what it means to really dig in to research. Students in this program are full time, and the program is designed to develop the independent scholar for academic and other research settings.

What are the research interests of students in the program?

As to the research interests of our students, they mirror the interests of our faculty. We ask that applicants research our faculty/advisers and reach out to the ones that mirror their own interests.

How long is this program and is it funded?

All School of Education PhD students will devote at least four years to full-time study and research as a resident student. All PhD students at the School of Education are eligible for a fellowship for up to four years. The fellowship includes a yearly stipend and will cover tuition and fees.

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