Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Human Development, Research and Evaluation Methods
School of Education & Human Development
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.
The field of education needs experts in data use and research approaches to address critical problems in education. The Ph.D. 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 and human development.
Become collaborative, applied researchers who work with the community, university, and school partners through problem-based pedagogy and hands-on learning.
Learn advanced quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research techniques.
Work as data literate faculty members, school district and organizational researchers, data analysts, and assessment coordinators in educational, non-profit, and community organizations.
Why Research and Evaluation Methods at CU Denver?
Teaching and Research Experiences
You can participate in teaching and research experiences early and throughout the program.
Build Your Dossier
Leverage opportunities to present, write and publish with your faculty to build your dossier.
Conduct a Dissertation Study
As part of the course requirements, you will learn how to design and conduct a dissertation study.
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.
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 4-6 pages (double-spaced, Times New Roman 12 point font or larger), discuss research goals and a problem of practical or theoretical importance that could lead to a research study. Be sure to address how your research would fit within one of the concentration areas.
Recommended: Master's thesis and/or published materials — Examples of published materials include articles, book chapters, newsletters and technical reports.
Students applying to the Research, Assessment and Evaluation Concentration should submit a transcript that shows statistics proficiency. To demonstrate proficiency, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
$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)