Take your career further with an advanced degree at New Jersey’s #1-ranked Graduate School of Education.

Leadership Calls You. We Prepare You.
Teaching Calls You.
We Prepare You.

Jumpstart your career at New Jersey’s #1-ranked Graduate School of Education.

Your journey to inspiring the next generation starts here.


Consistently the Top-Ranked School of Education in New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report


More Than 80 Programs of
Study Taught by Leading
Experts in the Field


Over 17k Active Alumni;
10k Alumni Residing in New Jersey


Celebrating 100 Years as a
National Leader in Preparing
Education Leaders

We offer three doctoral programs:

  1. Education Doctorate (Ed.D.)
  2. Ph.D. in Education
  3. 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:

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:

  1. Theory, Organization, and Policy
  2. Learning, Cognition, Instruction, and Development

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.

Ph.D. programs at Rutgers GSE are administered in conjunction with the School of Graduate Studies. Students wishing to pursue a Ph.D. program at the GSE must apply to the School of Graduate Studies.

The GRE is no longer required for applications to any of our Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs!

Begin your educational leadership journey today.

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