Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Education Policy

*Applications for a Fall 2020 start are due December 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

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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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The preparation and access to renown faculty mentors have allowed me to navigate my own professional path while building a vast network of professional colleagues and peers, many of whom I fortunate to now call lifelong friends.

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