Ph.D. in Education


The Ph.D. program at URI is designed for educational scholars and leaders who value equity, and who want to develop scholarly expertise and research skills to engage in transformative work across the educational spectrum. 

You will have unique opportunities to delve deeply into your chosen area of interest, and will develop the tools to apply, critique, design, and implement your research with a focus toward improving educational opportunities for all.

Learning Format

Students have the option to complete the program either full or part time. To accommodate the schedules of working professionals, all required courses begin at 4:00 p.m. or later. The program contains a mixture of hybrid and in-person courses (on the URI Kingston campus).

What You’ll Learn

You will acquire a depth of knowledge and specialized expertise required to advance your field within education and work toward equity in education. You will learn to:

  • Describe, analyze, and evaluate historic, philosophic, and theoretical foundations of education in order to identify and respond to critical and contemporary issues in education
  • Apply theory to equitable educational practice within a specialized area of education

You will gain expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and analytic skills. You will learn to:

  • Articulate, evaluate, and apply rigorous quantitative and qualitative methods of educational research.
  • Develop and implement a research design that is appropriate to address specific research questions in a specialized field of education.

You will become a proficient communicator of educational scholarship, its practical applications, and implications for varied stakeholders. You will learn to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate research to varied stakeholders.
  • Synthesize existing research and build new knowledge through scholarly writing.