PhD in Education

Chapman University

Program Description

PhD in Education

Chapman University

The Ph.D. in education program is intended primarily for individuals seeking a career in higher education or in other research-oriented leadership fields. The program focuses on the formulation of new ways to think about issues and solve problems in the field of education. The doctorate in education offers a unique combination of four emphases: Cultural and Curricular Studies, Disability Studies, Leadership Studies and School Psychology.

Our Ph.D in education is characterized by five distinct, yet interwoven, components:

  • The notion and practice of social justice
  • Student collaboration supported by student cohorts
  • Faculty mentorship of students
  • A rigorous core of philosophy, foundations and methods of the respective emphasis area

Program at a Glance

  • Cohort model with entry each fall
  • Cohort of 18 students, 6 in each emphasis area

4 emphasis areas:

  • Cultural and Curricular Studies
  • Disabilities Studies
  • School Psychology
  • Leadership Studies

  • A 57 unit program that can be completed full time or part time study
  • All classes are held in the late afternoons or evenings (no online classes)
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio, with close collaboration between students and doctoral faculty on publications, presentations, and grant proposals

Admissions Requirements

Acceptance into the program is based on an evaluation of the whole student, with no single criterion used to base an admission decision. There are no cut-off scores for the GRE or GPA.

To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the following:

  • Online graduate application to the Chapman University Ph.D. in education program.
  • Supplemental application to the Chapman University Ph.D. in education program (through online application).
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts showing evidence of a master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination results in the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections.
  • Three letters of recommendation, including two from graduate-level professors who can describe the academic potential of the applicant, and one from someone who can speak to the applicant's professionalism (e.g., a current employer or a current colleague). Letters from relatives will not be considered.
  • A personal essay (minimum 2250 words) will be used to assess the applicant's writing skills, career commitment, leadership potential, research interests, and professional goals (uploaded through the online application). This essay should indicate the professors with whom the applicant wishes to study and the ways in which the applicant's research interests align with faculty expertise. The essay should be substantive enough for the faculty to determine the depth of the applicant's thinking and commitment to a rigorous program.

  • A current resume showing relevant education and work experience (uploaded through the online application).

Ph.D. Research Forums

At least once a year the Ph.D. in Education program brings in leading scholars in the academic field for a research forum open to our CES students and faculty to attend. It is a way for our students to interact with experts in the field as well as gain knowledge in moving forward with their research and possibly dissertation topics.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Cost & Fees

Tuition (per semester)

  • Student Full time tuition ( 12 - 18 credits) $22,355
  • Student Part time tuition (per credit) 1,390
  • Student Overload (per credit over 18 credits) 1,390
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2017
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22,355 USD
USA - Orange, California
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full-time tuition (12-18 credits).