This degree is part of the Social Studies Education Program housed in the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum.

The PhD in social studies education provides you increased opportunities to assume leadership roles in a variety of academic, knowledge-driven and/or governmental and politically-based institutions and organizations.

In dialogue with faculty members, you help co-direct the structure of your PhD experience. This occurs in two ways:

  1. You are given flexibility in the design of your own coursework, research endeavors and scholarship.
  2. You are given a say in how the program is operated by voting on coursework requirements, expectations for the program and program goals.

This degree is only offered on campus and does not lead to certification.

Degree Requirements

In order to receive a PhD in social studies education, you must complete a minimum of 72 hours of coursework beyond a bachelor’s degree. This coursework includes a minimum of 12 hours of social studies core courses, a minimum of 9 hours of research method courses and your dissertation.


Admission Requirements

You must meet two sets of minimum qualifications in order to be considered for admission:

A committee of faculty members reviews your application’s credentials. You are not guaranteed admission even if you meet the minimum qualifications.

How to Apply

You must submit the following materials to the Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum via the online Graduate Studies application:

  • Unofficial transcript
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (international students only)