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Attallah College of Educational Studies

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» Ph.D. in Education

Fall 2023 Priority Application Deadline*
February 1, 2023

The Ph.D. in Education program is intended primarily for individuals seeking a career in higher education or in other research-oriented leadership fields. The program focuses on the formulation of new ways to think about issues and solve problems in the field of education. The Ph.D. in Education offers a unique combination of five emphases

  1. Cultural and Curricular Studies
  2. Disability Studies
  3. Leadership Studies
  4. School Psychology
  5. Teacher Education

Our Ph.D in education is characterized by four distinct, yet interwoven, components:

  1. The notion and practice of social justice
  2. Student collaboration supported by student cohorts
  3. Faculty mentorship of students
  4. A rigorous core of philosophy, foundations and methods of the respective emphasis area  


Chapman's Ph.D. in Education program admits one new cohort each fall.*


* To receive full consideration for fellowships and assistantships, all application materials must be submitted by the priority deadline. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis after the deadline, and the application may close at any time.

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Program at a Glance

  • Cohort model with entry each fall
  • Cohort of 14 students each year
  • 5 emphasis areas: A 57 unit program that can be completed full time or part time study
    • Cultural and Curricular Studies
    • Disability Studies
    • School Psychology
    • Leadership Studies
    • Teacher Education
  • All classes are held in the late afternoons or evenings
  • Low student-to-faculty ratio, with close collaboration between students and doctoral faculty on publications, presentations, and grant proposals
  • Chapman Ph.D. in Education alumni serve in a broad range of positions throughout higher education, K-12 education, education nonprofits, the private sector, and beyond. See our Ph.D. Career Outcomes webpage for more details by program emphasis and our Ph.D Dissertations webpage for alumni research topics.

Contact Us

Keith Howard, Ph.D.
Director of the Ph.D. in Education Program
(714) 628-2868

Laura Burns, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Graduate Program Specialist

Information Sessions

To learn more about the Attallah College Ph.D. in Education program, please register for an Information Session. 

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Doctoral Handbook »

Margaret Vento-Wilson ’19

Alumni Spotlight

“Chapman’s Ph.D. in Education program was far and away my first choice based on the backgrounds and expertise of the professors, the depth and complexity of the coursework, and the design of the program itself. I use the skills I gained in the program every single day in my work. The ready access to my instructors, their belief in me, their support of my work, and their expertise and compassion were all remarkable.”

— Margaret Vento-Wilson ’19