Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Education Policy

*Applications for a Fall 2020 start will open August 1, 2019

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Urban Education Policy program aims to prepare students to conduct high quality, consequential research promoting educational excellence and social justice. This effort stands on three pillars: preparing students to pursue educational equity through research; studying educational equity across disciplines; and constructing a diverse, inclusive professional community.

The PhD program welcomes applicants whose policy interests are aligned with USC Rossier’s mission to prepare leaders to achieve educational equity through practice, research and policy and who plan to pursue careers as research scholars. Students will benefit from close interaction with a distinguished faculty, a collaborative research community, and a positive student culture.

Our areas of research and study are:

  • Educational Psychology
  • Higher Education
  • K12 Education Policy
  • Teacher Education

The PhD Program Office will be hosting multiple webinars from August 29, 2019 through November 18, 2019 to share information about our program and the application process. Please check back in mid-August for registration links for the webinars.

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Curriculum Overview

Students graduate with the research skills, substantive knowledge, professional network and record of achievement, including academic publications and presentations necessary for success as faculty at top research universities, or as research analysts and policy-makers.

Coursework Examples

  • Organization and Policy: Current Issues
  • Ways of Seeing: Applying Social Science and Critical Theories to Education

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My time in Rossier allowed me to cultivate mutually beneficial networks with peers and mentors who are challenging the status quo in higher education. These connections continue to shape how I navigate the professoriate as an agent of change.

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All applicants are carefully considered through a holistic review process.

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