Ph.D. in History, Philosophy, and Policy in Education – Specialization in Education Policy Studies

History, Philosophy, and Policy in Education

Ph.D. in History, Philosophy, and Policy in Education

Specialization in Education Policy Studies

Help shape the future of education.

  • What can we do to boost school access and graduation rates to address racial and other inequities, and how can we balance school choice with the benefits of public education?
  • How do we best evaluate student and teacher performance, and how do we reform schools to improve such performance?
  • How can education law best be used to advance social justice and balance freedom of speech with the instructional mission of public schools?
  • How can schools best accommodate cultural differences and help shape the global, democratic citizens of the future?

These are just a few of the questions and challenges that education policymakers face in the 21st century.

In this Ph.D. program, you will learn how to research a range of educational problems and challenges, with a focus on justice and equality of opportunity, from kindergarten through graduate school, and from the United States to Indonesia.

  • Application Deadlines
    Starting SemesterDeadline
    Fall Dec 1
    Spring Nov 1
    Summer Mar 1
    December 1 is the priority funding deadline for the Dean’s Fellowship and University Graduate School diversity fellowships. Eligible applicants will automatically be considered for fellowships – no separate application is necessary.
    International students are encouraged to apply early to allow extra time for their materials to arrive.
  • Admissions Requirements

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Studies Office will accept unofficial transcripts and self-reported test scores for admission reviews. Any admission made with these documents would be conditioned on receipt of official documents, which should be provided as soon as possible.

    Note: If you are currently enrolled or have applied in the past year, you should qualify for an application fee waiver. Click here for criteria and how to obtain the waiver.

    1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    2. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
    3. Completed online application that includes:
      • Transcripts
      • Personal statement
      • Resume (required from international students only)
      • Two letters of recommendation
      • GRE scores
      • Minimum 79 TOEFL score or minimum 6.5 IELTS score (international students only)

    Learn more about how to apply

  • Program Requirements
  • Tuition and Fees

    Per credit hour

    ResidencyTuition*
    IN Resident$444.27
    Non-resident$1515.17

    *Does not include fees, which will vary depending on the number of credits enrolled. Find more information and calculate your expected costs at Student Central.

  • Funding
    • Learn about the variety of fellowships and assistantships that are available to graduate students.
    • Visit Student Central for information about financial assistance.
    • Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
    • Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit the Center for Veteran and Military Students to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Why earn your doctorate at the IU School of Education? Ph.D. or Ed.D.—which is right for you? Get answers to these questions and more.

    Read the FAQ

New Doctoral Minor

Interested in studying race and racism within educational contexts? Check out our new interdepartmental Minor in Race and Racism in Education, open to doctoral students from across IU.

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Our Faculty

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Professor

Research Areas:
Higher Education Institutional Research, Assessment, and Evidence-Based Practices
Email:
vborden@iu.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-0855
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Professor

Research Areas:
History of Education, Black Education, Desegregation, Activism, Educational Policy, School Reform
Email:
ddanns@indiana.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8398
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Associate Professor

Research Areas:
Legal and policy issues in special education; legal literacy of educators and school leaders
Email:
deckerjr@indiana.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8375
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Professor, Armstrong Chair for Teacher Education 2015

Research Areas:
Moral, civic, and religious education; homeschooling; teacher education
Email:
rkunzman@indiana.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8122
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Associate Professor and Department Chair

Research Areas:
Educational Leadership; Instructional Leadership; Leadership Development; Resource Allocation; School and District Improvement; Improvement Science
Email:
clochmil@indiana.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8235
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Professor; Director, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP)

Research Areas:
Education policy; school choice; access and equity; research utilization
Email:
clubiens@iu.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8389
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Associate Professor

Email:
symartin@indiana.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8582
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Assistant Professor

Research Areas:
Leadership preparation; principal's role in teacher development and career trajectories; education policy
Email:
fperrone@indiana.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8254
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Associate Professor

Email:
msutton@indiana.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8368
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Associate Professor

Email:
andwalto@indiana.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8358
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Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Education

Email:
qwheeler@indiana.edu
Phone:
(812) 856-8385

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