Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes
Prepares candidates to become exceptionally data savvy and directly apply their learnings starting with the first course. Graduates become educational researchers who understand problems firsthand and have the tools to tackle them.
Interest Categories: Education & Counseling
Campus: CU Denver
The field of education needs experts in data use and research approaches to address critical problems in education. Join University of Colorado Denver's doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education and Human Development concentration in research and evaluation methods to become exceptionally data savvy while collaborating with top faculty in the field.
The goal of this concentration is to prepare students to:
You can trust CU Denver to provide an education that will prepare you for excellence in your career as a faculty member, researcher, or leader in non-profit and community organizations. The university and school are recognized for preparing leaders of distinction who value educational excellence and social justice. Additionally, CU Denver's School of Education and Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report's “Best Graduate Schools,”. Graduates of our program are leaders in research and evaluation in multiple roles: in higher education, school districts, museums, and evaluation and educational research firms.
The goal of this concentration area is to prepare students to design and carry out significant applied research on individual and organizational change in the field of education and human development. Through problem-based pedagogy and hands-on learning, students will be prepared to be collaborative applied researchers who work with community, university and school partners. Course content includes mixed methods, advanced statistics, advanced qualitative data analysis, advanced measurement techniques, and practicum experiences. Graduates of the program are prepared to work as faculty members, school district and organizational researchers, data analysts and assessment coordinators in non-profit/community organizations, and more!
The curriculum includes a combination of on-campus, hybrid, remote, and online courses each semester.
Every student must be available to attend on-campus courses each semester.
Recommended Completion Time:4 to 5 years
Required Credits for Completion:75
The following deadlines are firm, early submissions are encouraged.
Fall Semester: January 10*
*Extended deadline for Fall 2022 only
The core course rotation begins every fall. We encourage students to review the concentration area choices on our website and contact one or more of the faculty associated with that concentration area for an appointment prior to submitting their application. This ensures the students have an opportunity to discuss their research area of interest, as well as introduce themselves to the faculty. Also, the financial support we provide our PhD students is often tied to federal and state funding decisions, so meeting with a faculty member will let you know if any funding opportunities will be available in the upcoming year.
As part of gaining admission to the PhD program, students are paired with a doctoral faculty advisor/mentor. The doctoral faculty may request a personal interview to complement the information provided in the application materials.