University of Southern California

Rossier School of Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Education Policy (PhD)


University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA 90007

United States


(213) 740-2311

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Urban Education Policy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The PhD program curriculum reflects Rossier’s urban mission and vision. Areas of concentration include K-12 policy and practice, higher education policy and administration, educational psychology and teacher education. Courses incorporate both quantitative and qualitative methodology and provide core knowledge of urban education policy. Students gain an integrated understanding of global education issues from intellectual encounters on campus and opportunities to participate in study throughout the Asia Pacific rim. The PhD is a four year, 63-unit program. The curriculum is divided as follows: • Core Block (4 courses - 16 units) introduces perspectives and analytical approaches that inform our understanding of urban educational issues. • Concentration Block (5 courses -15 units) provides students the opportunity to explore educational topics in depth. • Research Block (5 courses - 15 units) equips students with tools to pursue systematic, programmatic and empirical investigation. • Cognate Block (3 courses - 12 units) reflects an interdisciplinary perspective on educational issues. • Dissertation Block (3 courses - 5 units) prepares students for their dissertation research and continues through the writing and defense of the dissertation.



International Student Requirements:

Verification of Official TOEFL score report from ETS

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 63

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Financial Aid is available Federal Student Loans. Applicants may apply by completing the FAFSA and applying code 001328. Several scholarships also available.

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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