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- Why Rutgers for Your Advanced Degree Journey?
- Exceptional Opportunities
- Leadership for Impact
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- The Rutgers Advantage
Rutgers Graduate School of Education (GSE) has a long-standing reputation for advancing excellence and equity in education. Our Ph.D. and Ed.D. Degree Programs are designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and experiences needed to become a dynamic and influential leader in the field of education.
Joining Rutgers GSE means joining a community of forward-thinking educators, policymakers, and researchers who are shaping the future of education at local, national, and global levels.
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More Than 80 Programs of
Study Taught by Leading
Experts in the Field
Over 17k Active Alumni;
10k Alumni Residing in New Jersey
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We offer three doctoral programs:
- Education Doctorate (Ed.D.)
- Ph.D. in Education
- Ph.D. in Higher Education
The Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) helps future and current leaders develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to solve problems of practice and improve instructional quality. It offers the following concentrations:
- Design of Learning Environments
- Education, Culture, and Society
- Educational Leadership
- Teacher Leadership
- Special Education
Designed with full-time working professionals in mind, the Ed.D.program can be completed in three years plus one summer. Alternatively, a five-year timeline is possible. A typical schedule for either plan can be found here. Classes generally begin after 5pm during summer semesters and at 5:40pm during the fall and spring semesters.
The Ph.D. in Education prepares students to become researchers in academia, government, and the private sector. It offers two concentrations:
This program positions you to:
- create new knowledge about educational processes and policies;
- lead development of research-based instructional, professional, and outreach programs; and
- promote effective and equitable educational practices for all learners.
The Ph.D. in Higher Education prepares higher education researchers who will take their scholarship, knowledge, and research skills into a range of higher education settings such as universities and colleges, state or federal governing and coordinating boards, independent research and policy organizations, and foundations. They are expected to provide leadership, insight, and expertise in the institutional or related higher education settings and to influence educational practice in the United States and abroad through original research efforts.