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If you're aiming for a career in scholarship at the university level, you'll need to pursue a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. An intensive, theory-based degree, the Ph.D. program at Penn GSE will require you to undertake independent research culminating in a dissertation that makes an original contribution to knowledge about educational practice or policies.
You'll be expected to become knowledgeable of both qualitative research (e.g., case study methods, ethnography, and historical research) and quantitative analysis (e.g., descriptive and inferential statistics, survey research, and regression analysis) and expert in the research methodologies relevant to your course of study.
At Penn GSE, our Ph.D. program will also give you hands-on experience and practical skills through service-based placements, mentoring, and research assistantships. To learn more about Penn GSE's objectives for its Ph.D. graduates, click here.
If you're interested in advancing your studies beyond the master's and pursuing senior leadership positions in the professional practice of education, the doctor of education (Ed.D.) degree at Penn GSE may be the best choice for you. The Ed.D. is a terminal degree designed to give you the theoretical and foundational knowledge and research skills needed to excel in your chosen field. Students engage in a variety of educational fields including K-12 leadership, postsecondary education, policy, and consulting.
During the program, you will conduct independent research culminating in a dissertation that focuses on problems of practice of interest to you. Our Ed.D. program will also give you hands-on experience and practical skills through service-based placements, mentoring, and research assistantships.
What if you already hold a master's degree in your field but want to further expand your skills? You might want to look into one of our master of philosophy in education (M.Phil.Ed.) degrees.
The M.Phil.Ed. requires a minimum of six course units.
Interested in advancing your career in education practice or related fields? You may consider one of our master's of science in education (M.S.Ed.) degrees.
At Penn GSE, our M.S.Ed. programs cover a wide range, everything from school counseling, to teacher education, to language and literacy, to education policy - and many other specialties in between. Our 21 programs will give you a foundational knowledge of the field of education and prepare you for professional positions in a broad range of organizations. Many will prepare you for professional certification in your field.
Most of these programs can be completed in one year of full-time study. Some include research methods course requirements and/or completion of a mentorship or field placement.
The M.S.Ed. requires a minimum of 10 course units.
The master of science (M.S.) degree at Penn GSE is designed to give you specialized knowledge and skills for advanced graduate study. We currently offer this degree in one of our specializations: Statistics, Measurement, Assessment, and Research Technology.
The M.S. requires a minimum of eight course units.