Ph.D. in Education - Educational Policy Studies
With an emphasis on student-faculty mentoring and applied learning, our Educational Policy Studies Ph.D. program prepares graduates to directly impact educational policy through careers in academia or research organizations. This is a research-based, full-time program that is offered in Charlottesville only.
Policymakers at the federal, state and local levels are actively exploring strategies to improve educational outcomes for all students. Increasingly, these strategies include dramatic changes in the way schools are organized, in who teaches and how these teachers are prepared, and in how schools are held accountable for student outcomes. Unfortunately, there is little good evidence on which to base many of these important policy decisions. This has led to a growing need for careful, experimental and quasi-experimental and descriptive research to inform key education policy issues.
“EdPolicyWorks and the Education Policy Ph.D. program do a great job of exposing students to really smart, thoughtful people in academics and the private sector. Students get good face time with these people and can ask questions from our own research or pick their brains on important topics.”– Scott Latham, Educational Policy Ph.D. student
The Curry program in Educational Policy Studies provides students with preparation that draws on a theoretical foundation and employs appropriate methods to offer evidence on important education policy questions. The program is organized on four conceptual components:
- Strong preparation in methods that permit causal inference
- A grounding in a social science discipline
- An understanding of the working of schools
- Working knowledge of the existing educational policy landscape and literature
While coursework is important to student preparation, a close mentoring relationship with faculty is crucial to the design of the program. Students work closely with faculty on research projects to examine the impact of a variety of educational policies on student outcomes. Graduates are prepared to take positions in academia or research organizations.
In addition to earning a Ph.D. in Education, many students pursue the MPP through UVA’s Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.
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Application decisions will be released by February 15th.
Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required materials are submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be read and may be cancelled if left incomplete. Materials should be tracked using the checklist in the application.
Graduates are prepared to take positions in academia as postdoctoral fellows or university faculty, or as education researchers in research organizations.
The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.