URI/RIC Joint Ph.D. in Education

The Joint Ph.D. program with Rhode Island College is no longer accepting applications and will officially close when current students graduate. Prospective students interested in a doctoral degree in education can learn about the new URI Ph.D. program in Education which will begin in fall 2024.


Core Seminars

During Years One–Three in the program, students take year-long Core Seminars with other members of their cohort following the same course sequence.

  • Year One—EDP 610-611 Educational Inquiry and Foundations
  • Year Two —EDP 620-621 Human Development, Learning and Teaching
  • Year Three—EDP 630-631 Organizational Theory, Leadership, and Policy Analysis

Research Methods

The following three research methods courses are required. Students may supply these courses with more advanced work in research methods applicable to their specialization area and dissertation topic.

  • EDP 612 Qualitative Analysis in Educational Research
  • EDP 613 Quantitative Analysis in Educational Research with an SPSS Lab
  • EDP 623 Research Design

Bi-Weekly Field Research Seminars

Starting in Year Two, students participate in biweekly EDP 641 Field Research Seminars, which include members from the 2nd-year and 3rd-year cohorts. Co-taught by professors from URI and RIC, these seminars provide a forum for students to present their evolving research ideas, questions, and methodologies. Feedback and discussion help to develop each presenter’s research ideas—en route to the dissertation–while  sharpening the research tools of other members of the seminar.

In Year Two, students also enroll in EDP 622 Community Service and Service Learning, dealing with the larger networks of human services and support in which public education is embedded. EDP 622 is offered in the spring semester.