Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Education Policy

*Applications for a fall 2021 start will open August 1, 2020. The deadline has already passed for a fall 2020 start.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Urban Education Policy program prepares you 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 is fully funded, and welcomes applicants whose policy interests in urban education align with USC Rossier’s mission. The program prepares leaders to achieve educational equity through practice, research and policy, and seeks candidates 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 at the University of Southern California.

Our areas of research and study are:

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

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Curriculum Overview

As a graduate of the PhD program, you will have first-rate research skills, substantive knowledge of urban education, and a strong professional network. Additionally, your record of achievement will include the 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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