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PhD in Education

Drexel University School of Education

Drexel’s PhD in Education is designed for those who aspire to be leaders in the field of education as researchers, scholars and instructors in higher education and in educational, community or corporate settings.

The PhD is grounded in cross-cultural educational leadership, policy, and theory-driven research and demands extensive preparation in quantitative and qualitative research methods. Delivered on-campus, the program is situated in the framework of collaborative, transformational learning and knowledge generation.

The program of study involves both formal coursework and professional research and development activities. Students work closely with faculty members and collaboratively engage to focus on solving significant educational problems, often receiving course credit for independent studies in problem-based research activities. The result is a broad knowledge base and specialized content knowledge that includes multiple perspectives on education.


Currently, two areas of concentration are available for PhD students:

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education
  • Educational Leadership and Policy with options in:
    • Global and International Education
    • Creativity and Innovation
    • Higher Education
    • Educational Policy
    • Human Resource Development
    • Educational Administration
    • Special Education

Our highest priority is to provide an atmosphere of scholarship and engagement for our PhD students. Research preparation is a foundation of the program and presentation of papers, publications, and participation in conferences are the priorities. As a result, students are encouraged to secure funding so that these activities may become the focus of their involvement while at Drexel. Teaching assistantships and fellowships, which include tuition remission and/or stipends (full and partial), may be available in the school of Education.

For more information about the program and funding options, please contact:

Jemina Williams
Program Manager
Phone: 215.895.1965