Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Cultural & Educational Policy Studies


Lewis Towers 11th Floor

820 N. Michigan Ave

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy in Cultural & Educational Policy Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The PhD in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies, conferred by The Graduate School, is designed to prepare students for research and teaching at the university-level or in research-oriented organizations. The PhD degree program is offered in each of the following areas of concentration: Comparative and international education, history of education, sociology of education, and philosophy of education.

Program Benefits

  • Examine education policy and practice through a multidisciplinary approach, with an overarching emphasis on social justice.
  • Work with faculty members who are accomplished teachers, education researchers and prominent in their respective fields of specialization.
  • Learn to conduct original research that can inform educational policy and practice.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply disciplinary (humanities, social science) perspectives to issues and questions in educational policy and practice.
  • Possess an independent and specific area of expertise.
  • Critically assess the methodological, epistemological and ethical foundations of research.
  • Recognize education’s cultural dimensions and leverage cultural analyses in their work to improve educational experiences and institutions.
  • Bring educational research to bear on forming and implementing educational policy and practice.


Completion of the Ph.D. degree program requires 60 semester hours, a comprehensive examination, a dissertation and a final oral dissertation defense. Students are required to obtain adequate preparation in research courses appropriate to their depth area.



Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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