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Interdisciplinary PhD in Educational Sciences with a focus on Educational Leadership

Program Details

The University of Kentucky (UK) offers a hybrid Interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree in Education Sciences with a concentration in Educational Leadership. This program may allow students to gain the knowledge and skills needed for a successful career in educational research. This program may also be ideal for those pursuing careers in research universities, research groups in educational agencies and educational research labs and corporations. Students will be well trained in methodological issues in education research.

The curriculum requires year-round, full-time study. In special circumstances students may be accepted as part-time students. Each new class of students begins their program during the fall semester. The curriculum requires students to take core courses in research methods and then follow a certain track of courses in their area of specialization. UK offers many areas of specialization including Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Educational Policy studies: Educational evaluation and policy, Educational Policy Studies: Philosophical and cultural inquiry, Health Education, Interdisciplinary early childhood education, Physical Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, Special Education, or STEM.

The Educational Leadership concentration requires at least 18 credits of coursework in courses that include Knowledge Base for Leaders, Leadership in Educational Organizations I & II, and Leading Organizational Change. Students will need to complete these courses along with the required research methods courses for a total of 45 credit hours.

All accepted students are encouraged to apply for a 20 hour a week research assistantships on grant projects in the College of Education and other areas at the university. Students are also required to complete all coursework and attend local, state and national professional conferences during the first and second years of the program. In addition to attending these conferences, students will also present their research at a conference by their third year. Each student will also submit manuscripts to professional journals during the program; these presentations and publications can be works with groups of co-authors or a single author.


Successful completion of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum graduate GPA of 3.5; a minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 300 for GRE tests taken on or after August 1, 2011 (a minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 1000 for GRE taken before August 1, 2011), and a minimum score of 4.0 on the analytic reasoning section of the test; and completion of a graduate-level basic statistics course with a grade of B or higher.

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges