Educational Policy and Evaluation, PhD

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The Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Policy and Evaluation prepares you to conduct rigorous, high-impact, transdisciplinary research on education policy that advances the collective understanding of PK–20 and other educational environments. You'll engage in systematic analysis of education policies in schools, universities, research centers, government agencies and NGOs. The program emphasizes intensive training in the theory and methods of education policy research and evaluation and an area of specialization supported by faculty expertise. You'll work closely with nationally and internationally recognized faculty members on collaborative and independent research projects that result in policy briefs, reports, scholarly articles and engagement in education policy.

The program also provides opportunities for internships in applied settings and varied experiences in scholarly publishing. Students in the EPE PhD program are expected to engage in the doctoral program full time and are supported by Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College with funding renewable for four years with continued progress.

Plan of study

Total hours: 54 when you enter the program with a master's degree in a related discipline (30 credit hours)

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Locations & start dates

Tempe campus (Fall)

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Faculty accepting students

I had the honor of working with faculty who treated me as an equal partner and colleague from day one. They actively created opportunities for me to collaborate with scholars from around the world. I would not be where I am today without their support, mentorship and friendship.”

—Janna Goebel, PhD, EPE ’20

Admission requirements

You must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and MLFTC.

You must have earned a bachelor's and master's degree from a regionally accredited institution, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in the last 60 hours of your first bachelor's degree program, or 3.00 in an applicable master's degree program.

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Update Aug. 1, 2021: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is providing a temporary waiver of the GRE admission requirement for all applications for Fall 2022 admission.

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