Through the three fields of study, Cognition and Learning, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and Social/Cultural/Political Contexts of Education, the Joint Ph.D. in Educational Studies Program aims to promote scholarly inquiry and the production of new knowledge within the context of a research culture.

We are committed to methodological advances in educational research and the integration of theory and practice. We nurture our students as developing scholars and leaders in faculties of education, school systems, and other institutional settings, thereby contributing to the growth of research and scholarship in Canada and internationally. We promote professional development through collaboration among scholars, practitioners, educational institutions, and faculties of education, thus fostering links between schools and universities, and promoting partnerships locally, nationally, and internationally. We are committed to excellence in our students and faculty and to producing graduates who are lifelong learners.

The Joint Ph.D. in Educational Studies is offered by Brock University, Lakehead University, and the University of Windsor. The Faculty of Education, University of Windsor, invites students to complete the Joint Ph.D. in Educational Studies degree in one of three Areas of Specialization:

  • Policy and Leadership
  • Social/Cultural/Political Contexts of Education
  • Cognition and Learning

Joint Ph.D. Program Highlights

  • Individualized plan of study
  • Multiple approaches to course delivery
  • Site-based, rotation across home universities
  • Distance Education (computer literacy required)
  • Inter-university teams of instructors and supervisory committees
  • Comprehensive portfolio - an innovative personalized approach to comprehensive examinations
  • Flexible residency requirements - four terms (two consecutive)
  • Unique opportunities for collaboration and networking
  • Full-time studies or a combination of full time and part time studies

Qualifying for Admission

Information on typical minimum academic requirements for admission to the Joint Ph.D. in Educational Studies Program are included below:

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree followed by a Master’s degree in education with A standing
  • A graduate degree in another discipline:
    • May be considered if academic suitability can be demonstrated
    • May be required to take additional coursework, either prior to entry into the program or concurrent with program coursework
  • Research competence is demonstrated by the completion of Master's thesis
    • Equivalent evidence of research capacity is required if a thesis has not been completed

English is the primary language of communication and instruction in the program. Applicants from other countries who have not completed a degree at a university where the primary language of instruction is English must demonstrate proficiency in English to be considered for admission. Other restrictions via Home Universities may apply, please see Program Handbook for more information.

This can be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  1. A minimum score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no individual sub-category score less than 6.5
  2. A minimum score of 100 on the Internet Based Test (iBT) version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), including a minimum score of 27 in the Written component and a minimum score of 27 in the Reading component.

The Admission Process

  • The deadline date for applying to the program is November 15th annually -complete application packages must be submitted on or before that date.
  • The selection process for admission is highly competitive, so it is recommended that an applicant contact a faculty member who might be a potential dissertation supervisor before applying
  • There is an online application procedure, and applications are mailed directly to the Office of the Secretariat
  • Typically in January the Program Committee sends out letters recommending acceptance of successful applicants
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