University of Pittsburgh School of Education
 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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The University of Pittsburgh School of Education’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs prepare students to be nationally competitive and highly qualified for research careers in both academic and non-academic institutions. Our full-time, research-intensive PhDs produce scholars who demonstrate excellent writing and research skills, independent scholarship and productivity, and proficiency in teaching. Under the guidance of our distinguished graduate faculty, students will have the opportunity to produce peer-reviewed publications, present at professional conferences, and collaborate on grant-writing and review, positioning them to excel in their careers as researchers and faculty. Because the PhDs are full-time, students can be fully immersed in their coursework and research in preparation for an impactful scholarly career.

Education Leadership - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

In the PhD Degree, emphasis is placed on the development of competencies necessary to careers devoted primarily to the conduct of research, scholarly inquiry, and teaching. In addition to the course and research requirements, students must enroll for two consecutive terms of full-time, on-campus study, including involvement in research activities, and must complete a dissertation that reports research contributing to the development of theory or methodology in the student's area of specialization or one of the recognized disciplines. At least one member of the doctoral committee must be from the graduate faculty outside the School of Education.

PhD students must take a sequence of courses in a supporting field that is outside the School of Education. For the student who does not have a bachelor's degree or its equivalent in an academic discipline, a minimum of 18 credits must be taken outside the School of Education in one field or in an interdisciplinary concentration as approved by the department; no more than six of these credits may be used to satisfy research methodology requirements. For the student who has a bachelor's degree or its equivalent in an academic discipline, a minimum of nine credits must be taken outside the School of Education in one supporting field or in an interdisciplinary concentration approved by the department; none of these nine credits may be used to satisfy research methodology requirements. For the student who has a master's degree or its equivalent in a relevant academic discipline, no additional credits outside the School of Education are required.

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