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» Ph.D. in Education

The Ph.D. in Education program is intended primarily for individuals seeking a career in higher education or in other research-oriented leadership fields.


Chapman's Ph.D. in Education admits a new cohort each fall. We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2024 Cohort.

The Priority Application Deadline is: February 1, 2024.

*To be considered for fellowships, you must submit by the priority application deadline. Learn more about our fully funded support opportunities.

GRE test scores will not be required for Ph.D. applicants for the Fall 2024 admission cycle. Students may voluntarily submit GRE test scores to be reviewed as part of the comprehensive application review.

What Makes Us Unique?

Chapman's Ph.D. 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  

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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

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For information on Financial Aid, tuition and fees, and more, please visit the pages below:

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Margaret Vento-Wilson ’19

Alumni Spotlight

“My educational experience at Chapman University has had an incredible impact on the leader that I am today. I am grateful for the professors because they encouraged me to engage in critical thinking to further understand research and educational principles. I even had the wonderful opportunity to study abroad in Spain as part of my doctoral studies and have many cherished memories from that enlightening experience.”

— Ashley McAdams ‘16