Frequency Full-time
Format In-person
Completion Time 4+ years
Credits 72

The Johns Hopkins School of Education’s full-time PhD program offers an individually tailored learning experience based on a student’s interest in finding solutions to pressing education problems. Select applicants receive full tuition and a stipend.

The program provides rigorous interdisciplinary training that develops students’ abilities to conduct evidence-based research on real-world educational challenges. Instruction and mentorship emphasizes the development and evaluation of policies and practices that address real-world educational problems.

Students benefit from a one-to-one apprenticeship model that pairs exceptional interdisciplinary candidates with nationally acclaimed faculty mentors, along with engaging coursework, sophisticated methodological training, and cohort-based learning.

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Core Faculty

  • Jennifer Adams, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Director, International Teaching and Global Leadership

    Affiliation

    Innovative Teaching & Leadership

    Expertise

    International Teaching & Global Leadership

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  • Robert Balfanz, PhD

    Professor
    Co-Director, Center for Social Organization of Schools

    Affiliation

    Center for Social Organization of Schools, SOE Leadership

    Expertise

    Education Policy & Politics, Research, Evaluation & Assessment, Social Context of Education

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  • Ashley Rogers Berner, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy

    Affiliation

    Institute for Education Policy, SOE Leadership

    Expertise

    Curriculum Studies, Education Policy & Politics, Research, Evaluation & Assessment

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  • Rebecca Cruz, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    Affiliation

    Center for Safe and Healthy Schools, Innovative Teaching & Leadership

    Expertise

    Education Policy & Politics, Social Context of Education, Special Education

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  • Marcia Davis, PhD

    Associate Professor (Research)
    Co-Director, Center for Social Organization of Schools
    Director of Research, Baltimore Education Research Consortium

    Affiliation

    Center for Social Organization of Schools, SOE Leadership

    Expertise

    Learning & Instruction, Research, Evaluation & Assessment

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  • Norma L. Day-Vines, PhD

    Professor
    Associate Dean for Diversity and Faculty Development

    Affiliation

    SOE Leadership

    Expertise

    Counseling & Human Development

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  • Hunter Gehlbach, PhD

    Professor
    Faculty Lead, PhD Program

    Affiliation

    Advanced Studies in Education

    Expertise

    Learning & Instruction, Measurement & Research Methodologies

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  • Odis Johnson, Jr., PhD

    Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
    Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Safe and Healthy Schools
    Director, Institute in Critical Quantitative, Computational, and Mixed Methodologies

    Affiliation

    Center for Safe and Healthy Schools, SOE Leadership

    Expertise

    Education Policy & Politics, Measurement & Research Methodologies, Social Context of Education

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  • Richard Lofton, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    Affiliation

    Center for Safe and Healthy Schools

    Expertise

    Social Context of Education

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  • Affiliation

    Center for Social Organization of Schools

    Expertise

    Curriculum Studies, Research, Evaluation & Assessment

    Headshot of Douglas  J.  Mac Iver, PhD
  • Martha Abele Mac Iver, PhD

    Associate Professor
    Associate Dean of Research

    Affiliation

    Center for Social Organization of Schools, SOE Leadership

    Expertise

    Research, Evaluation & Assessment

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  • Olivia Marcucci, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    Affiliation

    Advanced Studies in Education, Center for Safe and Healthy Schools

    Expertise

    Social Context of Education

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  • Affiliation

    Advanced Studies in Education

  • Stephen Morgan, PhD

    Bloomberg Distinguished Professor

    Expertise

    Measurement & Research Methodologies, Social Context of Education

  • Jonathan Plucker, PhD

    Research Professor
    Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
    Faculty Lead, Master of Science in Education Policy

    Affiliation

    SOE Leadership

    Expertise

    Education Policy & Politics, Gifted Education, Learning & Instruction

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  • Eric Rice, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    Affiliation

    Counseling & Educational Studies

    Expertise

    Social Context of Education, Urban Education

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  • Alexandra Shelton, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    Affiliation

    Innovative Teaching & Leadership

    Expertise

    Learning & Instruction, Special Education

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  • Angela R. Watson, PhD

    Assistant Research Professor

    Affiliation

    Institute for Education Policy

    Expertise

    Education Policy & Politics

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Program Overview

With its goal of pursuing big ideas and sharing knowledge to address real-world challenges, Johns Hopkins University takes pride in its founding mission as the U.S.’s first research university. The full-time Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education at the Johns Hopkins School of Education embraces that tradition. We offer a world-class, research-focused program that prepares exceptional scholars to investigate and develop policies and practices that improve educational outcomes from pre-K through secondary school and beyond.

Students draw insights from different disciplines (e.g., educational psychology, learning sciences, sociology of education), synthesizing their knowledge to craft multidisciplinary, evidence-based approaches to address educational policies and practices — particularly those that can improve outcomes for historically underserved populations. Immersion in modern research methods — advanced statistical techniques, open science approaches, and data science — facilitates students’ capacities to argue for research-based educational reforms.

Students benefit from the mentorship of nationally acclaimed researchers in an apprenticeship model as well as collaborative learning opportunities from courses, research groups, and their cohort. Our graduates go on to careers in higher education as professors, policymakers, and influential scholars at research-intensive universities, institutes, and centers.

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 also covers 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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After SOE

Through our PhD program, students acquire cutting-edge research skills that position them for tenure-track faculty positions in higher education, policymaking roles with state agencies or school systems, and leadership positions in educational research organizations.

Careers

  • Research and Post Secondary Teaching
  • University Professor
  • University Researcher
  • Policy Analyst

What set my experience apart was the chance to work with remarkable mentors who are not only impactful researchers in the field, but also genuinely care about me as a person.

Amanda Neitzel (Inns), PhD ’18 Deputy Director, Consortium for School-Based Health Solutions
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