Doctor of Philosophy in Education / International Education
Northcentral University

Program Details

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD-Ed) program is suitable for students who want to combine a strong base of theoretical knowledge with an individualized focus to conduct research in and about PK-12, postsecondary and adult learning environments. 

PhDs in Education are found in many different roles in academia, industry and not-for-profit organizations, including educational consultant, academic researcher, policy maker, educational theorist, and faculty member or administrator in a higher education or organizational setting. Students pursuing the PhD in Education have the opportunity to customize and focus their program through their coursework, doctoral research courses and the doctoral dissertation.

The PhD in Education with a specialization in International Education at Northcentral University will introduce you to the practices, strategies and techniques that can be adapted to intercultural/multicultural contexts and used by international organizations. You will research the global dimensions of several crucial contemporary issues, including the hopes of global cooperation, and the complexity of educational accountability, authority and professionalism. 

As a PhD in International Education graduate, you will have developed knowledge and skills in cross-national comparative analysis, global educational transfer and borrowing, international development, and the relation between culture and education. You will also understand the commonalities, differences and connections between global and comparative education, and the meaning and significance of globalization in education, and will be prepared to seek leadership positions in the field and conduct research.


  • Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Education program requires a conferred post-baccalaureate master’s degree and/or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution
  • Send your official transcripts from other schools you attended

School Accreditation Statement

NCU is a WSCUC accredited institution. WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Geographic Restrictions

This program is not authorized for residents of Arkansas.