Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Education Policy

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Urban Education Policy 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

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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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At USC Rossier, I selected courses from a broad variety of disciplines. It all fits together, providing a deeper understanding of education.

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All applicants are carefully considered through a holistic review process.

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PhD in Urban Education Policy
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