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PhD in Education

The PhD in Education is a rigorous program designed to prepare students for careers as educational researchers, scholars and teachers. The program involves intensive coursework in education and educational research.

This highly competitive full-time program is small by design, admitting approximately 6-10 students per cohort. Students have the opportunity to apply for research or teaching assistantships that provide a generous stipend, tuition remission, and a health insurance subsidy.


Students in the PhD in Education program may choose one of two concentrations.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education

Today’s education experts recognize the importance of providing a quality STEM education to every K–12 student. The STEM education concentration prepares students for research, scholarship and leadership in this vital field.

Individuals are prepared to evaluate programs, identify problem areas, and implement changes to improve outcomes in many different educational environments.

In addition to the core PhD courses, students take three STEM courses that provide a common theoretical foundation in education, psychology and the learning sciences. The remainder of the STEM concentration consists of courses and independent studies in the specific concentration area selected in consultation with the student’s supervising professor and advisor.

Educational Leadership and Policy

Administrators and policymakers provide critical leadership in shaping educational programs. These rewarding careers require extensive knowledge and complex thinking.

The educational leadership concentration prepares students to explore and address the critical issues and challenges faced by today’s educational leaders.

In addition to the core PhD courses, students take three common courses that provide a common theoretical foundation in leadership and organizations. The remainder of the educational leadership concentration consists of courses and independent study in a specific concentration area (educational administration, educational policy, higher education, adult education and organization development, global and international education, etc.) selected in consultation with the student’s supervising professor and advisor.


For questions regarding specific concentrations, please contact:

Jemina Williams
Program Manager
Phone: 215.895.1965


Every Drexel student receives the support of an academic advisor who can help navigate program requirements, select classes and provide guidance in areas such as time management and study skills.

In addition to the guidance provided by our advisors, students are fully supported in their research and study by our accomplished faculty. All full-time School of Education faculty engage in some way with our PhD students.

Prospective students are encouraged to review the School of Education faculty directory and initiate contact with faculty members who have similar research interests early in the application process.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate mastery of subject material, including prior, current, and emerging research and theories in the student’s area of specialization as well as significant issues and topics in the field of education, broadly-construed. This mastery includes:
    • Interpreting relevant literature and relate to critical questions in education
    • Synthesizing existing research and constructing literature-based arguments
    • Identifying, describing, and justifying relevant “gaps” in the literature.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct scholarly inquiry in a responsible and ethical manner.
  • Produce and defend original research that contributes to the body of knowledge in the student’s area of specialization.
  • Become academic leaders in the student’s area of specialization through the development of new ideas, theories and best practices.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the PhD in Education have a variety of options available to them. Our graduates take on careers as researchers, scholars and teachers. They are prepared for challenging, rewarding careers in academics, teaching and administration.