Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Human Development, Research and Evaluation Methods

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: PhD

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

We need researchers who understand societal problems firsthand AND have the tools to tackle them. Join CU Denver’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education and Human Development concentration in Research and Evaluation Methods to become exceptionally data savvy and immediately apply your learning to your field. Students gain expertise in methods and advanced analysis techniques while participating in research, evaluation, and teaching experiences.

Application​ deadlines

January 1


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Program Details

Interest Categories: Education Human Development Psychology Social & Behavioral Sciences

Campus: CU Denver

The field of education needs experts in data use and research approaches to address critical problems in society. The PhD in Education and Human Development concentration in Research and Evaluation Methods prepares you to become exceptionally data savvy while collaborating with top faculty in the field.

The goal of this concentration is to prepare you to:

  • Design and carry out meaningful, engaged research in education, human development, and social science fields.
  • Become collaborative, mindful, culturally responsive researchers and evaluators. We take a strong social justice stance to our field. 
  • Learn advanced quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research techniques.

Why Research and Evaluation Methods at CU Denver?

Teaching and Research Experiences

You will participate in teaching and research experiences early and throughout the program.

Build Your Dossier

Leverage opportunities to present and publish with your faculty to build a strong resume alongside your coursework.

Conduct Research and Evaluation Studies

As part of the course requirements, you will learn how to design and conduct multiple research and evaluation studies including a dissertation study.

Networking & Collaboration

Gain access to faculty networks while building your own connections through multiple collaboration opportunities across the university and your field of interest.

Sample Courses

  • RSEM 7100 - Advanced Qualitative Methods 3 credits
  • RSEM 7130 - Advanced Measurement: Item Response Theory 3 credits
  • RSEM 7800 - Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) 3 credits
  • RSEM 7400 - Culturally Responsive Research and Evaluation Methods 3 credits
Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:4 to 5 years

Required Credits for Completion:75

Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

The following deadlines are firm, early submissions are encouraged.

Fall Semester: January 1

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.

Application Requirements

  • Minimum requirements:
    • Master's degree or equivalent
    • 3.5 GPA in graduate-level course work recommended
  • 3 recommendation letters: two letters should come from faculty in a university program in which you were previously enrolled
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • If applying for a license, a copy of your teaching license is required
  • Resume/CV: Applicants must have and show evidence of relevant professional and/or academic experience.
  • Written Statement: In 2-4 pages (double-spaced, Times New Roman 12 point font or larger). This should be a brief biographical description of your educational experiences and preparedness for doctoral studies and your research goals or a problem of practical or theoretical importance that could lead to a research study. Be sure to address how your career goals would fit into the concentration area.
  • Recommended: Master's thesis and/or published materials — Examples of published materials include articles, book chapters, newsletters and technical reports.
  • $50.00 application fee
  • Admissions Interview: An interview may be required as part of the admissions process. If so, applicants will be contacted with more details.
  • International Applicants only: Proof of English Language Proficiency (International applicants should review the following information regarding English language proficiency)
For more information, email or call 303.315.6300.

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