Ph.D. in Education - Research, Statistics & Evaluation


Graduates of Curry's Ph.D. in Education Research, Statistics and Evaluation program are prepared for careers in university settings or research organizations. This is a research-based, full-time program that is offered in Charlottesville only.

“The RSE program at Curry provides a lot of opportunities to develop a diverse methodological skill-set. Moreover, the faculty members are extremely supportive and encouraging; and one can find opportunities to get involved with research projects. In total, it has been a great learning experience.”

– Kathan Shukla, Ph.D. '15

The Ph.D. degree is the highest academic degree awarded by the University. The primary purpose of the Ph.D. degree is to develop educational scholars who seek to conduct original research and interpret and communicate the results of such research as authors, university professors, and governmental or research agency officials.

Program Details


  • Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

    The student desiring to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy degree with emphasis in Research, Statistics, and Evaluation should submit an online application and supporting materials to the Curry School of Education and Human Development. The applicant must:

    • hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent;
    • have an outstanding record as a student;
    • a master's degree (preferred) or a demonstrated level of relevant work experiences is required;
    • upload unofficial transcripts showing undergraduate and graduate work to the online application;
    • submit via the application form two (2) references strongly endorsing him/her for doctoral work;
    • submit unofficial Graduate Record Examination scores
    • submit a writing sample the typical length of a manuscript (30 pages or less)
    • submit a goal statement (1-2 pages); and
    • meet any additional department or area of specialization requirements.

    Applicants may submit unofficial test scores and transcripts with their application. However, official test scores (taken with 5 years) and official transcripts showing degree conferral are required prior to matriculation.

    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.

  • Application Due Date

    December 1

    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.

  • Degree Requirements

    To earn a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education the following minimum requirements must be met:

    • The student must successfully complete a program of study determined by the Program Committee in one of three strands (statistical methods, qualitative research, or program evaluation).

    • All students must successfully complete 21 foundational course units in RSE (listed below) in addition to course work specified by the program committee.

    More information can be found in the RSE Ph.D. Handbook

  • Funding Opportunities

    Departmental fellowships and assistantships are provided to a select number of applicants each year.

    The University also offers a limited number of competitive fellowships for which students enrolled in Ph.D. programs may apply. All Ph.D. applicants are automatically considered for the Dean's Fellowship Program, which provides top Ph.D. students with four full years of tuition and fees, health insurance, and $32,000 per year of study.

    All graduate students at the University may use the services of the Office of Student Financial Services which assists students in obtaining loans to defray part of their educational expenses and in finding part-time employment. Students who have serious financial need and who are not dependents of their parents may qualify for federal work-study.

    Although it is not always possible to provide financial aid to all students who apply, the Department has been rather successful in assisting its graduate students, especially those in doctoral programs, in obtaining financial assistance. It is not at all uncommon for students, once here and engaged in University affairs, to learn of opportunities that become available at unexpected times during the year.

    To receive more information contact the program coordinator, Dr. Tim Konold, at tk2e@virginia.edu.

  • Typical Length of Study

    Varies greatly

    Semester of Entry:

    fall semester

    Full or Part Time:

    Full-time only.

  • Course Overview
  • Sample Jobs After Graduation

    The Research, Statistics, and Evaluation program provides students the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to excel in a variety of research settings. Graduates of our program have gone on to work at universities, government agencies, departments of education, evaluation firms, major research hospitals, large insurance companies, national testing companies, school divisions (in research and development), and various other fields that require a sophisticated understanding of research methods. Doctoral-level graduates are qualified for a wide variety of positions of leadership. Graduates have become professors in schools; others have found positions of leadership in state or national educational agencies and organizations, or in profit and non-profit private educational firms or in industry.

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.