What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 69 semester hours

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: Jan. 15
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: Does Not Admit

Educational Policy Studies, Ph.D.

The Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies allows students to examine the philosophy and practice of education and to develop skills in both the methodology and the study of educational practice. Students will prepare to become policy makers and examiners of policy and the effects of policy on education.

There are three concentrations you can choose within this degree program:

Concentration in Educational Leadership

This concentration emphasizes organizational leadership, policy development, supervision and management. The leadership concentration will be designed to satisfy the career objectives of the students. Graduates may anticipate careers in school administration, governmental education agencies and the professorate.

Concentration in Research, Measurement and Statistics

This concentration prepares graduates to investigate research methodologies, to conduct research related to schools, and to conduct and critique research in educational practice, policy and administration. Students develop knowledge and skills in qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation methods.

Concentration in Social Foundations of Education

Social foundations is a broadly conceived field of educational study that derives its character from a number of academic disciplines and interdisciplinary studies. At Georgia State University, the disciplines involved in social foundations inquiry are history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology and political science; the interdisciplinary field is cultural studies. The purpose of social foundations study is to bring the intellectual resources derived from these areas to bear in developing interpretive, normative and critical perspectives of educational theory, policy and practices, both inside of and outside of schools.

For more information about the concentrations, please visit:

Educational Policy Studies, Ph.D.

The Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies allows students to examine the philosophy and practice of education and to develop skills in both the methodology and the study of educational practice. Students will prepare to become policy makers and examiners of policy and the effects of policy on education.

There are three concentrations you can choose within this degree program:

Concentration in Educational Leadership

This concentration emphasizes organizational leadership, policy development, supervision and management. The leadership concentration will be designed to satisfy the career objectives of the students. Graduates may anticipate careers in school administration, governmental education agencies and the professorate.

Concentration in Research, Measurement and Statistics

This concentration prepares graduates to investigate research methodologies, to conduct research related to schools, and to conduct and critique research in educational practice, policy and administration. Students develop knowledge and skills in qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation methods.

Concentration in Social Foundations of Education

Social foundations is a broadly conceived field of educational study that derives its character from a number of academic disciplines and interdisciplinary studies. At Georgia State University, the disciplines involved in social foundations inquiry are history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology and political science; the interdisciplinary field is cultural studies. The purpose of social foundations study is to bring the intellectual resources derived from these areas to bear in developing interpretive, normative and critical perspectives of educational theory, policy and practices, both inside of and outside of schools.

For more information about the concentrations, please visit:

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 69 semester hours

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: Jan. 15
  • Spring: Does Not Admit
  • Summer: Does Not Admit

Program Highlights

“I love Atlanta. Georgia State University was the perfect place to engage with scholars who champion for urban education. I chose educational policy studies because I see policy as a strong vehicle to systemic change in education. As a former high school math teacher, I have witnessed how poorly written policy can get in the way of great teaching. When this happens, no one wins. My hope was that being accepted to the program would teach me how to use research to be an agent of change to better policy for education.”

Amber Mason, Class of 2019
Doctoral student in educational policy studies
with a concentration in research, measurement and statistics

Amber Mason

Careers

Alumni work in such fields as academic researchers, program evaluators, project coordinators, research methodologists, policymakers and college/university administrators.

Examples of employers of our graduates include Atlanta Public Schools, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia Institute of Technology, Fulton County School District, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and University of Georgia.

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

Select concentration in:

  • Educational Leadership (note: Applicants seeking the Educational Leadership concentration will need to be employed in a K-12 system and be able to complete the required hours of clinical leadership experiences; In addition, applicants to the Educational Leadership concentration will be subject to an interview prior to an admission decision)
  • Research, Measurement & Statistics or
  • Social Foundations

When applying to the Educational Policy Studies, Ph.D. program, you will need to submit the following:

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with the application)
  • Resume (upload with the application)
  • Writing Sample (upload with the application)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (recent letters from persons who can evaluate academic promise such as professors; upload with the application)
  • Must have completed master’s level degree
  • Official Transcript: minimum 3.30 graduate GPA required for admission
    • submit transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • GRE scores (50th percentile required for Research, Measurement & Statistics concentration): An official score on the Graduate Record Examination General Test is required for admission to Ph.D. programs in the College of Education & Human Development. While it is important to note that GRE scores are used along with other criteria established by departments and programs when determining admission, a score of 155 or higher on the verbal section and 151 or higher on the quantitative section will make the application more competitive.
    • institution code 5251
    • scores may not be more than five years old at time of application

Note:

Interviews will be conducted by department faculty — you will be notified if you are selected for an interview.

Program of Study

A. Core Area (18)

The core area consists of 15 semester hours of research coursework and three semester hours of social foundation of education and psychology of learning coursework.

Research Core (15 hours)

Choose one course (3):

  • EPRS 8500 Qualitative/Interpretive Research in Education (3)
  • EPRS 8530 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education (3)

Required (12):

  • A two-course sequence (6 hours) in research methodology (see below for specific tracks/courses)
  • Two courses (6 hours) in advanced research methods as identified by the Doctoral Advisory Committee

Quantitative Methodology

  • EPRS 8540 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education II
  • EPRS 8550 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education III (3)
  • EPRS 8820 Program Evaluation and Institutional Research (3)
  • EPRS 8830 Survey Research, Sampling Principles and Questionnaire Design (3)
  • EPRS 8840 Meta-Analysis (3)
  • EPRS 8660 Bayesian Statistics (3)
  • EPRS 9550 Multivariate Analysis (3)
  • EPRS 9560 Structural Equation Modeling (3)
  • EPRS 9570 Hierarchical Linear Modeling I (3)
  • EPRS 9571 Hierarchical Linear Modeling II(3)
  • EPRS 9900 Research Design (3)

Qualitative Methodology

  • ANTH 8010 Qualitative Methods in Anthropology (3)
  • EPRS 8510 Qualitative Research in Education II (3)
  • EPRS 8520 Qualitative Research in Education III (3)
  • EPRS 8640 Case Study Methods (3)
  • EPRS 8700 Visual Research Methods (3)
  • EPRS 9120 Poststructural Inquiry (3)
  • EPRS 9400 Writing Qualitative Research Manuscripts (3)

Single-Case Methodology

  • EPY 8850 Introduction to Single-Case Methodology (3)
  • EPY 8860 Applications of Single-Case Methodology (3)

Historical/Philosophical Methodology

  • EPSF 9850 Historical Research in American Education (3)
  • EPSF 9930 Philosophical Analysis and Method (3)

Measurement Methodology

  • EPRS 7920 Classroom Testing, Grading, and Assessment (3)
  • EPRS 8920 Educational Measurement (3)
  • EPRS 9350 Introduction to Item Response Theory (3)
  • EPRS 9360 Advanced Item Response Theory (3)

Social Foundations of Education and Psychology of Learning Core (3 hours)

In addition to highly specialized research in specific areas, doctoral students in the College of Education & Human Development must possess a deep understanding of comprehensive, theoretical principles and broad ideological conceptualizations.

Through historical, philosophical, sociological and anthropological inquiry, knowledge of social foundations fosters the types of speculative investigations essential for thorough understandings of those theoretical principles and ideological conceptualizations necessary to uphold the integrity of the Ph.D. degree.

The psychology of learning component is based on the following guiding principles: (1) Educational leaders make judgments that affect learning and (2) doctoral students should have a substantial understanding of the psychology of learning.

Select one (3):

  • EPSF 8270 Philosophy of Education (3)
  • EPSF 8280 Anthropology of Education (3)
  • EPSF 8310 Sociology of Education (3)
  • EPSF 8320 Politics and Policy in Education (3)
  • EPSF 8340 History of American Education (3)
  • EPSF 9260 Epistemology and Learning (3)
  • EPY 8030 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
  • EPY 8050 The Psychology of Instruction (3)
  • EPY 8070 Understanding and Facilitating Adult Learning (3)
  • EPY 8080 Memory and Cognition (3)
  • EPY 8180 Learning and the School-Age Child (5 to 18 Years) (3)
  • EPY 8200 Advanced Developmental Psychology: Cognition and Intellect (3)
  • EPY 8220 Advanced Developmental Psychology: Personality and Socialization (3)

The social foundations and psychology of learning core requirements must be completed during the first two years of the student’s program.

B. Major Area (24)

The students must take EPS 9270 during the first year after being admitted and EPS 9260 during the subsequent academic term.

Required (6):

  • EPS 9260 Issues of Race, Class and Gender in Education (3)
  • EPS 9270 Research in Educational Policy Studies (3)

The students select one of the following three concentration areas:

B.1 – Ph.D. Concentration in Educational Leadership (18 hours)

In consultation with your doctoral advisory committee, please choose six courses from one of these specializations: Leadership and administration (which can be designed to add on to the PL Georgia Leadership certification to a level 6 or level 7 certification), leadership and policy or leadership and urban education. These specializations are specifically designed for candidates who aspire to positions in academia and other closely related areas. For questions about the PL certification requirements, please contact the educational leadership program coordinator.

Leadership and Administration Specialization (18):

This specialization can be designed to add-on the PL Georgia leadership certification to a level 6 or level 7 certificate. Completion of the prerequisite courses – EPEL 7000 and EPEL 7330 is required prior to beginning the concentration courses for those seeking PL leadership certification.

  • EPEL 8000 Research in Educational Leadership and Organizational Culture (3)
  • EPEL 8020 Leadership for Change in a Diverse Society (3)
  • EPEL 8260 Theory in Educational Leadership (3)
  • EPEL 8330 Advanced Law, Policy, and Governance (3)
  • EPEL 8420 Advanced Instructional Leadership (3)
  • EPEL 8500 Central Office Leadership (3)
  • EPEL 8620 Psychological Aspects of Leadership (3)
  • EPEL 8650 The Principal (3)
  • EPEL 8690 Research-Based Decision Making for School Leaders (3)
  • EPEL 8970 Seminar in Educational Leadership (3) (repeatable)

Leadership and Policy Specialization (18):

This specialization is not designed to meet Georgia PL certification requirements.  It is specifically designed for students who seek to gain a clearer understanding of the issues associated with educational leadership and how those issues are related to the policy arena.

  • EPEL 8020 Leadership for Change in a Diverse Society (3)
  • EPEL 8260 Theory in Educational Leadership (3)
  • EPEL 8330 Advanced Law, Policy and Governance (3)
  • EPEL 8620 Psychological Aspects of Leadership (3)
  • EPS 8800 Independent Study (3)
  • EPS 8810 Directed Reading and Research (1-3)
  • EPS 8970 Seminar in Educational Policy Studies (3)
  • EPS 9980 Research Seminar in Educational Policy Studies (3)
  • EPSF 8280 Anthropology of Education (3)
  • EPSF 8320 Politics and Policy in Education (3)

Leadership and Urban Education Specialization (18):

This specialization is not designed to meet Georgia PL certification requirements.  It is specifically designed for students who seek to better understand educational leadership as it relates to the urban education and the issues associated with educating urban children.

  • EPEL 8020 Leadership for Change in a Diverse Society (3)
  • EPEL 8260 Theory in Educational Leadership (3)
  • EPEL 8970 Seminar in Educational Leadership (3) (repeatable)
  • EPEL 9000 Concepts of Leadership and Research in Educational Leadership (3)
  • EPEL 9970 Advanced Seminar in Educational Leadership (3)
  • EPS 8800 Independent Study (3)
  • EPS 8810 Directed Reading and Research (1-3)
  • EPSF 8010 Cultural Studies in Education: Film (3)
  • EPSF 8040 Cultural Studies in Education: Gender (3)
  • EPSF 8260 Sociology of Inner-City Children (3)
  • EPSF 8340 History of American Education (3)

Other appropriate courses numbered 8000 to 8999 may be selected with the consultation of your advisor and the coordinator of educational leadership programs.

B.2 – Ph.D. Concentration in Research, Measurement and Statistics (18 hours)

Select six courses (18 ) from the list below:

  • ECE 9380/EPRS 9380 Discourse Analysis (3)
  • EPRS 8500 Qualitative/Interpretative Research in Education I (3)
  • EPRS 8510 Qualitative Research in Education II (3)
  • EPRS 8520 Qualitative Research in Education III (3)
  • EPRS 8530 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education I (3)
  • EPRS 8540 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education II (3)
  • EPRS 8550 Quantitative Methods and Analysis in Education III (3)
  • EPRS 8600 Computer Use in Educational Research (3)
  • EPRS 8620 Program Evaluation I (3)
  • EPRS 8640 Case Study Methods (3)
  • EPRS 8660 Bayesian Statistics (3)
  • EPRS 8670 Practicum in Research or Program Evaluation (3)
  • EPRS 8700 Visual Research Methods (3)
  • EPRS 8820 Program Evaluation and Institutional Research (3)
  • EPRS 8830 Survey Research, Sampling Principles and Questionnaire Design (3)
  • EPRS 8840 Meta-Analysis (3)
  • EPRS 8920 Educational Measurement (3)
  • EPRS 9120/ECE 9120 Poststructural Inquiry 93)
  • EPRS 9350 Introduction to Item Response Theory (3)
  • EPRS 9360 Advanced Item Response Theory (3)
  • EPRS 9400 Writing Qualitative Research Manuscripts (3)
  • EPRS 9550 Multivariate Analysis (3)
  • EPRS 9560 Structural Equation Modeling (3)
  • EPRS 9571 Hierarchical Linear Modeling I (3)
  • EPRS 9570 Hierarchical Linear Modeling II (3)
  • EPRS 9600 Advanced Computer Methods for Educational Research (3)
  • EPRS 9900 Research Design (3)
  • EPRS 9920 Seminar in Special Topics in Qualitative Research (3)
  • EPS 8950 Professional Development Seminar (1)

B.3 – Ph.D. Concentration in Social Foundations of Education (18 hours)

Select six courses (18) from the list below:

  • EPS 8970 Seminar in Educational Policy Studies (3)
  • EPSF 8010 Cultural Studies In Education: Film (3)
  • EPSF 8040 Cultural Studies in Education: Gender (3)
  • EPSF 8260 Sociology of Inner-City Children (3)
  • EPSF 8270 Philosophy of Education (3)
  • EPSF 8280 Anthropology of Education (3)
  • EPSF 8310 Sociology of Education (3)
  • EPSF 8320 Politics and Policy in Education (3)
  • EPSF 8330 Globalization and Education Policy (3)
  • EPSF 8340 History of American Education (3)
  • EPSF 8350 Comparative Educational Systems (3)
  • EPSF 8440 Foundations of Curriculum Development (3)
  • EPSF 8640 Critical Race Theory and Urban Education (3)
  • EPSF 9260 Epistemology and Learning (3)

C. Cognate Area  (12)

The major and cognate areas should represent a cohesive program of study.

D. Dissertation (15)

Required (15):

Program total: Minimum of 69 semester hours

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Additional information

campus

Atlanta Campus

Contacts

Program Coordinators
Kristen Buras
Social Foundations concentration
kburas@gsu.edu
404-413-8286

Kevin Fortner
Research, Measurement and Statistics concentration
cfortner2@gsu.edu
404-413-8275

Educational Policy Studies
epsdept@gsu.edu
404-413-8030

College of Education & Human Development, Suite 450
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303 USA

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