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The College of Education doctoral programs focus on preparing students to attain leadership roles in academic and educational research institutions globally. Please see the list of programs below for contact and more comprehensive information.

Visit our admission requirements webpage for information on applying, deadlines and required application materials.



List of Programs:

Counseling , Higher Education, and Special Education:
Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology Program at the University of Maryland is a collaborative program jointly housed in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education (CHSE) and the Department of Psychology. Our program is one of the oldest in the nation and has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1953. In independent evaluations over the past three decades, the University of Maryland is always among the very top ranked counseling psychology programs in the United States. Our faculty represent a broad range of research interests, including psychotherapy process and outcome research, multicultural psychology, vocational psychology, and interpersonal relationships.

The program is designed to prepare students for academic, research, and practice careers at the doctoral level. The program is based on the scientist-practitioner mode, which emphasizes the value of concurrent training in research, practice, and their integration. Consistent with this model, we strive to create a positive environment that trains students broadly in general psychology as a behavioral science, and enables students to become competent in conducting research and providing counseling. Our curriculum is designed to help students experience firsthand how these various activities can inform and enhance one another. Students receive rigorous training through a variety of educational modalities, including (a) general psychology courses, (b) small counseling psychology seminars, (c) research, and (d) applied counseling experiences with intensive personalized supervision.

The training program prepares our students for a diversity of career paths. A survey indicated that our recent graduates hold a wide variety of positions , the most common being staff psychologists in university counseling centers and tenure-track faculty members in universities . Graduates of the program are eligible for certification and licensing examinations as psychologists.

Stu dents are expected to enroll full-time in the program. Most also carry a 10-20 hour per week assistantship during the 9-month academic year. There are usually no summer courses for our graduate students. Formal coursework typically takes three to four years. Students often use their fourth year to complete the comprehensive examination, begin work on their dissertation, and finish any remaining classes. Most students complete their dissertation during the fifth year and go on internship in the sixth year. There is a strong expectation throughout the program for students to be active in research.

A bachelor’s degree in psychology or a closely related field is desirable but not required. Students should have completed a minimum of 15 credits in psychology, including introductory or general psychology, statistics, and three additional courses (in areas such as theories of personality, developmental psychology, social psychology, or cognitive-behavioral psychology). A strong background in math and statistics is helpful.

To learn more about becoming a doctoral student in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education (CHSE), including a complete list of course and admission requirements as well as faculty bios, click here.

Counseling Psychology Ph.D
Dept:
Program Code:
Department of Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education (CHSE)
COCP
Application Process: Graduate School Application and Application Supplementary Form
Application Fee: $75
Transcript Required: Yes (Last 60 undergraduate credits GPA ≥ 3.5; Masters GPA ≥ 3.75)
Standardized Testing: GREs only (1150 combined Score)
Letters of Reference: 3 Letters
Resume: Optional
Personal Statement: Required
Student Deadline: December 1
International Student Deadline: December 1
Prerequisites: None
Miscellaneous: Program shared between the College of Education (Counseling and Personnel Services Department) and the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Psychology Department)
Phone Contact: 301-405-8727
E-mail Contact: No E-mail provided
   

To learn more about the program please go to the [Student Handbook] and [Program Site].



School Psychology

School Psychology (Ph.D.): Earn your doctoral degree in School Psychology from U.S. News and World Report’s number one ranked program in Counseling and Personnel Services for the fourteenth straight year in a row. The goal of the School Psychology Program is to produce school psychologists who function as scientist–practitioners in their professional work. To that end, the program seeks to produce as graduates individuals who are prepared to pursue academic or research careers and become producers of psychological science, and individuals who are prepared to practice at a high level by basing their practice on psychological science and who will, over time, seek and obtain positions of leadership. Our Doctoral Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association, and approved by the National Association of School Psychologists.

Coursework in this program typically takes four years to complete and amounts to 73 credit hours which are then followed by 21–27 credit hours of research and field work. Courses include foundations of psychology, the biological bases of behavior, cognitive psychology, as well as social psychology. Students must also take a quantitative research methods course, courses in substantive (specialty) area knowledge, assessment and intervention, and multicultural diversity. Students are also expected to engage in research leading to publication in scientific and professional journals, and to gain practical experience in consultation, assessment, research, and other professional and scientific roles.

Applicants considering the School Psychology Program must have an adequate knowledge base in the following content areas (typically mastered through undergraduate coursework): general psychology, developmental psychology or child development, human learning, biological bases of behavior, abnormal psychology, and personality theory or equivalent content. Although a separate course in each area is not absolutely required, the Admissions Committee must be satisfied that the applicant’s background knowledge is sufficient in these areas.

School Psychology Ph.D (Specialization)
Dept:
Program Code:
Department of Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education (CHSE)
COSP
Application Process: Graduate School Application, then Supplemental Application Form
Application Fee: $75
Transcript Required: Yes (Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.2: Graduate GPA ≥ 3.5)
Standardized Testing: GREs Only (Minimum verbal score of 300)
Letters of Reference: 3 Letters
Resume: Required
Personal Statement: Required (Statement should address goals/objectives related to program)
Student Deadline: December 1
International Student Deadline: December 1
Prerequisites: None
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-8727
E-mail Contact: schlpsy@umd.edu
   

To learn more about the program please go to the [Student Handbook] and [Program Site].

 

Student Affairs

Earn your doctoral degree in the Student Affairs program. Our 66 credit program includes courses and doctoral seminars that focus on the theoretical foundations of student development,leadership, and teaching and instruction applicable to the college student population, as well as special populations.

Other coursework includes classes on student affairs and higher education, as well as a comprehensive research and evaluation track,   As a doctoral student, you will design your own professional concentration. Students also can complete an optional internship.  Students' will complete their programs with dissertations, on which they will work closely with their advisors.

Applicants considering this program should have at least 15 semester hours of social or behavioral science courses (e.g., courses in Sociology, Psychology and Anthropology) through their undergraduate or Master's coursework. Many of our doctoral graduates become pursue careers in student affairs that allow them to be deans and directors in multiple functional areas, including Academic Advising Offices, Student Affairs and Multicultural Centers, Career Centers and Learning Support Services among others. Our students also become graduate faculty in Student Affairs departments across the country.

Student Affairs Ph.D
Dept:
Program Code:
Department of Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education (CHSE)
HISA
Application Process: Graduate School Application, then Application Supplementary Form
Application Fee: $75
Transcript Required: Yes (Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0: Graduate GPA ≥ 3.5)
Standardized Testing: GREs only
Letters of Reference: 3 Letters
Resume: Required
Personal Statement: Required
Student Deadline: December 1
International Student Deadline: December 1
Prerequisites: Masters degree in related field
Miscellaneous: None Stated
Phone Contact: 301-405-8384
E-mail Contact: SAGrad-GA@umd.edu
   

To learn more about the program please go to the [ Student Handbook ] and [Program Site].

Higher Education
Higher Education (PhD.): Earn your doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration in a program. This nationally recognized graduate program in Higher Education prepares students for leadership positions in higher education administration, policy analysis, and scholarship.

In conjunction with their faculty advisor, students can design an area of specialization to meet their individual needs. Higher education students can also take courses in areas such as business, public affairs, and the social sciences.

Applicants must meet the Department of Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education’s admission requirements. Of the three scores that comprise the GRE applicants must have at least one (verbal, quantitative, analytic) in at least the 70th percentile or higher.

Higher Education Ph.D (Specialization)
Dept:
Program Code:
Department of Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education (CHSE)
HIED
Application Process: Graduate School Application, then Application Supplementary Form
Application Fee: $75
Transcript Required: Yes (Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0: Graduate GPA ≥ 3.5)
Standardized Testing: GREs or MATs (GREs= 1 score at 70th percentile, remainder at 40th; MAT scores at 70th percentile)
Letters of Reference: 3 Letters
Resume: Required
Personal Statement: Required
Student Deadline: December 1
International Student Deadline: December 1
Prerequisites: None
Miscellaneous: Writing Sample Required
Phone Contact: 301-405-2858
E-mail Contact: cscott18@umd.edu 
   

To learn more about the program please go to the [Program Site].

International Education Policy
International Education Policy (Ph.D.): Earn your doctoral degree in International Education Policy from one of the top 27 colleges of education in the country according to U.S. News and World Report. The International Education Policy (IEP) program is designed to provide an interdisciplinary understanding of today’s educational policy and practice. The focus is on the relation of education to economic, political, and social development in both developing and developed countries at local, national, regional, and global levels. The IEP program gives comprehensive attention to education, considering both formal schooling, from pre-school to higher education, as well as non-formal, adult, and community-based education.

This degree seeks to form professionals with deep understanding of the complex array of issues concerning educational policies and practices in developing as well as industrialized countries. It also seeks to form professionals who will either join institutions working on national development efforts in which education is a main sector or who will work in academic settings and international institutions conducting research or helping develop public policies in education for all levels and types.

This doctoral degree requires a minimum of 90 credits beyond the B.A. Twenty-four credits are usually accepted for transfer from a previous M.A. degree, 12 credits are awarded for dissertation research, which means the degree generally requires 54 credits of coursework which can be completed in 2 to 3 years. The program is distinguished by the development of a unique program of study to suit the needs of each student. Initial program plans are flexible and are usually revised throughout a student’s graduate work as particular directions and their implications for coursework develop. Core Courses like research methods that include a quantitative and qualitative requirement, comparative education, political economy of education in a global context are required. Specialization classes include issues like gender and education, education in East Asia, nonformal education, and world religions and their implications for education are offered.


International Education Policy Ph.D (Specialization)
Dept:
Program Code:
Department of Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education (CHSE)
HIEP
Application Process: Graduate School Application, then Application Supplementary Form
Application Fee: $75
Transcript Required: Yes (Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0: Graduate GPA ≥ 3.5)
Standardized Testing: GREs or MATs (GREs= 1 score at 70th percentile, remainder at 40th; MAT scores at 70th percentile)
Letters of Reference: 3 Letters
Resume: Required
Personal Statement: Required
Student Deadline: December 1
International Student Deadline: December 1
Prerequisites: None
Miscellaneous: Writing Sample Required
Phone Contact: 301-405-8384
E-mail Contact: cscott18@umd.edu 
   

To learn more about the program please go to the [Program Site].

Special Education (Three Specializations)

Special Education (Ph.D.) with Specialty Areas: Our doctoral degree is designed to prepare individuals to conduct and disseminate research and prepare future teachers in special education. Graduates assume faculty positions at research universities or leadership positions in state and local education agencies, policy organizations, or the federal government.

General course requirements for each specialty area include a doctoral research seminar in special education, policy issues affecting individuals with disabilities, as well as research methodology courses. Students engage in systematic, supervised research apprenticeships as well as college teaching apprenticeships. Students will also participate in a professional internship that may include settings in professional development schools, and local/state/federal agencies.

Each studentís program of study is developed with the advisor based on the studentís specialty area, experience and background.

Check out Maryland’s new leadership preparation program in Special Education, Project ProPELL: http://www.education.umd.edu/CHSE/ProPELL/index.html.

If you would like to be considered for funding under Project ProPELL, please indicate with in your application: (a) your interest in and experience with language and literacy for high-need students with LD, (b) identify their intended post-graduation employment, and (c) submit a writing sample on a topic of relevance to language and literacy (e.g., a literature review or a case study you have done in a master's level class).

Three Specialty Areas currently offered are:

  • Early Childhood
  • High Incidence
  • Low Incidence

Special Education Ph.D (Three Specializations)
Dept:
Program Code:
Department of Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education (CHSE)
EDSP
Application Process: Graduate School Application, then Application Supplementary Form
Application Fee: $75
Transcript Required: Yes (Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0: Graduate GPA ≥ 3.5)
Standardized Testing: GREs (Minimum 50th Percentile)
Letters of Reference: 3 Letters
Resume: Optional
Personal Statement: Required
Student Deadline: Fall: Preferred Dec 1; Final Feb.1
International Student Deadline: Fall: Preferred Dec 1; Final Feb. 1
Prerequisites: Master's Degree in Special Education or related field
Miscellaneous: Requires 2 years work experience with disabled individuals
Phone Contact: 301-405-8384
E-mail Contact: cscott18@umd.edu
   

To learn more about the program please go to the [Program Site].

Teaching and learning, Policy and Leadership:
Language, Literacy & Social Inquiry (LLSI)
Language, Literacy and Social Inquiry (Ph.D.): This program provides an opportunity for advanced study for individuals planning to conduct research and to teach at the university, community college, senior high, middle/junior high, or elementary school levels with specialization in one of the following areas: English/Language Arts education, Reading Education, Social Studies Education or Applied Linguistics and Language..

As part of this program, students typically build their backgrounds in supporting academic discipline areas (e.g., literature, written communication, language, theater, speech communication, rhetoric, media literacy, and/or reading) as well as deepen their professional knowledge and abilities in teaching, student learning, assessment, technology, curriculum design, and teacher development. Typical coursework includes trends in secondary education curriculum for English, theory and research in English Education, as well as other courses taken in departments such as English, Theatre, Human Development, Linguistics or Women’s Studies. Doctoral students are required to meet the department’s core requirements which include classes in teaching and learning, research and diversity. The minimum credit requirement to earn your doctoral degree is 60 credit hours beyond your master’s degree as well as a dissertation requirement.


Language, Literacy and Social Inquiry Ph.D (Specialization)
Dept:
Program Code:
Department of Teaching, Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL)
TLPL
Application Process: Graduate School Application, then Application Requirements
Application Fee: $75
Transcript Required: Yes (Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0: Graduate GPA ≥ 3.5)
Standardized Testing: GREs Only (Minimum 50th percentile)
Letters of Reference: 3 Letters
Resume: Required
Personal Statement: Required
Writing Sample: Required
Student Deadline: Fall: December 1
International Student Deadline: Fall: December 1
Prerequisites: None
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-3118
E-mail Contact: TLPL-grad@umd.edu

To learn more about the program please go to the [ Student Handbook ] and [Program Site].


Mathematic & Science Education
Mathematics & Science Education (Ph.D.): Earn your Ph.D. in Mathematics & Science Education from one of U.S. News and World Report’s top ranked departments (15th in 2013) in Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL). The program options in Mathematics Education are offered through the Center for Mathematics Education and are among the strongest in the country. For advanced degree candidates seeking the doctorate, the Center offers specialization in mathematics education at the elementary, middle grades, secondary, or college level. Student completing this degree go on to teach Mathematics at the elementary, middle school, high school or college level. Graduates have also joined faculty in Mathematics Education at universities across the country.

Doctoral students take four foundational courses in mathematics education, as well as coursework in mathematics, learning theory and research methodologies. Electives allow for coursework in educational leadership, urban education, evaluation design, college teaching, or other areas relevant to the student’s goals. Currently the Center for Mathematics Education provides 5-year Fey-Graeber fellowships to highly qualified doctoral students. These 12-month fellowships include a stipend, tuition remission, health benefits and a travel allowance. There is a dissertation requirement.

Applicants must meet the Department’s admission requirements.

Mathematics & Science Education Ph.D (Specialization)
Dept:
Program Code:
Department of Teaching, Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL)
TLPL
Application Process: Graduate School Application and Application Requirements
Application Fee: $75
Transcript Required: Yes (Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0: Graduate GPA ≥ 3.5)
Standardized Testing: GREs Only (Minimum 50th percentile)
Letters of Reference: 3 Letters
Resume: Required
Personal Statement: Required
Writing Sample: Required
Student Deadline: Fall: December 1
International Student Deadline: Fall: December 1
Prerequisites: None
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-3118
E-mail Contact: TLPLgrad@umd.edu
   

To learn more about the program please go to the [ Student Handbook ] and [Program Site].

 

Minority and Urban Education
Minority and Urban Education (Ph.D.): Earn your Ph.D. in Minority and Urban Education, our program is specifically designed to provide graduate students with a broad base of knowledge about the education of minorities and of students in urban areas. This includes issues as the social and political context of urban schools, the practices and policies that govern urban teaching and the education of ethnic, racial, cultural and language minorities in all settings. To that end, this program provides an explicit focus on the scope of issues confronting minority students in urban and other contexts. Opportunities for graduate students and faculty to form long–lasting relationships with school leaders and community educators and activists involved with the Maryland Institute for Minority Achievement and Urban Education (MIMAUE) also exist.

The Minority & Urban Education program prepares doctoral students to work as educators, curriculum specialists, researchers and teacher educators in schools and universities in urban school districts and districts with large minority populations.

Students enrolled in this program will take courses on research methods, culturally responsive strategies for urban schools, urban education, studying student learning in a diverse context as well as electives in African American Studies, Sociology or Urban planning, among others. There is a dissertation requirement.


Minority and Urban Education Ph.D (Specialization)
Dept:
Program Code:
Department of Teaching, Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL)
TLPL
Application Process: Graduate School Application, then Application Supplementary Form
Application Fee: $75
Transcript Required: Yes (Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0: Graduate GPA ≥ 3.5)
Standardized Testing: GREs Only (Minimum 50th percentile)
Letters of Reference: 3 Letters
Resume: Required
Personal Statement: Required
Writing Sample: Required
Student Deadline: Fall: December 1
International Student Deadline: Fall - December 1
Prerequisites: None
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-3118
Email Contact: Program Questions: Professor Victoria MacDonald at vmacdona@umd.edu
Admission Questions: TLPL-grad@umd.edu
   


To learn more about the program please go to the [Student Handbook ] and [Program Site].

Music Education
Music Education (Ph.D.): Earn your Ph.D. in Music Education from one of U.S. News and World Report’s top ranked departments (15th in 2013) in Curriculum and Instruction. Over the years the undergraduate and graduate Music Education programs have grown to a position of national prominence. In addition to an outstanding Music Education faculty, a Music faculty with expertise in Musicology/Ethnomusicology, Theory, Composition, Conducting, and Performance is available with whom the students have the opportunity to study and excel. The Music Education faculty includes nationally recognized specialists in general music, choral, band and string education. The degree emphasizes musicianship, research, and advanced instructional methods.

Students pursuing a Ph.D. in music education can expect to take the Department of Curriculum and Instruction’s core requirements for all doctoral students which include classes on research and foundations of music education. Other classes include advanced methodology in music education, music understanding and knowledge as well as classes in a related area such as learning theories or ethnomusicology. There is a dissertation requirement.

Applicants must possess successful teaching experience and show evidence of musicianship. Applicants should have a bachelor of music education with certification, five years of successful teaching and a master’s of music education is suggested.

Music Education Ph.D (Specialization)
Dept:
Program Code:
Department of Teaching, Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL)
EDCI
Application Process: Graduate School Application, then Application Supplementary Form
Application Fee: $75
Transcript Required: Yes (Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0: Graduate GPA ≥ 3.5)
Standardized Testing: GREs Only (Minimum 50th percentile)
Letters of Reference: 3 Letters
Resume: Required
Personal Statement: Required
Student Deadline: Fall: December 1
International Student Deadline: Fall - December 1
Prerequisites: None
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-3118
E-mail Contact: TLPL-grad@umd.edu
   

To learn more about the program please go to the [ Student Handbook ] and [Program Site].

Professional Development/ Teacher Education
Professional Development and Teacher Education (Ph.D.): Earn your Ph.D. in Professional Development and Teacher Education from one of U.S. News and World Report’s top ranked departments (15th in 2015) in Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL). Graduate study in Teacher Education/Professional Development is designed to prepare students become teacher leaders, research scholars, and change agents in schools, colleges and universities. The doctoral program specialization in teacher education/professional development prepares teacher education scholars with strong research orientations, who will go on to become leaders in college and university settings based on their research agendas in teacher education and teacher development. It is also suited for students who plan to conduct research on these issues in school settings.

The doctoral program focuses coursework in four areas which consist of classes in the Department's core requirements including qualitative research, pedagogy of teacher education, as well as teacher preparation, diversity and social change among others. Other courses include intermediate statistics, an option for an apprenticeship in education as well as work in cognate area electives. The doctoral degree requires 60 credit hours beyond the master’s degree and a dissertation requirement.


Professional Development/ Teacher Education Ph.d (Specialization)
Dept:
Program Code:
Department of Teaching, Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL)
TLPL
Application Process: Graduate School Application and Program Requirements
Application Fee: $75
Transcript Required: Yes (Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0: Graduate GPA ≥ 3.5)
Standardized Testing: GREs Only (Minimum 50th percentile)
Letters of Reference: 3 Letters
Resume: Required
Personal Statement: Required
Writing Sample: Required
Student Deadline: Fall: December 1
International Student Deadline: Fall: December 1
Prerequisites: None
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-3118
E-mail Contact: TLPL-grad@umd.edu
   

To learn more about the program please go to the[ Student Handbook ] and [Program Site].

Technology, Learning and Leadership

Technology, Learning & Leadership (P.hD.): The graduate programs are tailored to meet the needs of individual students and may include preparation for both school and non–school settings. Graduate programs focus on interdisciplinary study that emphasize scholarship in critical areas of education research, including teacher preparation, STEM fields of education, literacy and language acquisition, education policy and leadership. Graduates will be prepared to develop innovations in research, teaching, assessment, and leadership through the use, design, and understanding of learning technologies.

All doctoral students are required to take the Department of Curriculum and Instruction’s core requirements which include courses on research methodology. A dissertation is required with this program. Applicants must meet the Department of Curriculum and Instruction’s admission requirements.

Technology, Learning and Leadership Ph.D. Specialization

Dept:
Program Code:

Department of Teaching, Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL)
TLPL
Application Process: Graduate School Application, then Application Supplementary Form
Application Fee: $75
Transcript Required: Yes (Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0: Graduate GPA ≥ 3.5)
Standardized Testing: GREs Only (Minimum 50th percentile)
Letters of Reference: 3 Letters
Resume: Required
Personal Statement: Required
Student Deadline: Fall: December 1
International Student Deadline: Fall: December 1
Prerequisites: None
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-3118
E-mail Contact: TLPL-grad@umd.edu
   

To learn more about the program please go to the [ Student Handbook ] and [Program Site].

Education Policy and Leadership
Education Policy and Leadership (Ph.D.): Earn your doctoral degree in Education Policy and Leadership, where students who specialize in Education Policy and Leadership are given an opportunity to examine all aspects of education policy, including its development, its implementation, and its consequences for citizens, children, and educators. Although all students in the department take coursework in policy studies, this specialization provides students with an opportunity to develop a more in–depth program of study in the political, philosophical, economic, sociological, and legal analysis of education policies and practices.

Graduates from this program pursue positions as scholars, researchers, policymakers, policy analysts, and advocates for youth and educational leaders in private and public organizations.

Coursework examines the historic and current roles of federal, state, and local governments in shaping educational systems and processes; the distribution of educationally relevant resources and the consequences of those policies for educational equity; and the possibilities and challenges associated with school reform and institutional change. Specific attention in courses is given to current reforms and policies, including school finance litigation, school choice, competing models for school reform, and high–stakes accountability policies. This is a 90–credit program that requires a dissertation.

Applicants must meet the Education Policy Studies program admission requirements. The GRE scores for all applicants must have at least 50th percentile.


Education Policy Ph.D (Specialization)
Dept:
Program Code:
Department of Teaching, Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL)
TLPL
Application Process: Graduate School Application, then Application Supplementary Form
Application Fee: $75
Transcript Required: Yes (Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0: Graduate GPA ≥ 3.5)
Standardized Testing: GREs (GREs= 50th percentile)
Letters of Reference: 3 Letters
Resume: Required
Personal Statement: Required
Writing Sample: Required
Student Deadline: Fall: December 1
International Student Deadline: Fall - December 1
Prerequisites: None
Miscellaneous: Writing Sample Required
Phone Contact: 301-405-3118
E-mail Contact: TLPL-grad@umd.edu
   


To learn more about the program please visit the [Program Site].


Human Development and Quantitative Methodology:
Human Development
Human Development (Ph.D.): Earn your doctoral degree in Human Development from one of the top 27 colleges of education in the country according to U.S. News and World Report. Our program provides students with a strong background in the theoretical literature and empirical research on developmental science and on educational psychology. Students learn about fundamental cognitive, neurobiological, affective, linguistic and social processes as they are expressed in educational and social settings, and among diverse groups.

Our graduates have careers at universities or other venues where research on developmental science and educational psychology is conducted.

Doctoral training involves intense research apprenticeships with faculty mentors, coursework in core courses and advanced seminars, as well as opportunities to learn from leaders in the fields of educational and developmental psychology through colloquia and professional development seminars. Some students enroll in our Ph.D. program in Human Development without a specialization whereas others choose a specialization in either Developmental Science or Educational Psychology. Core courses include: History and Systems of Human Development, Language Development, Cognitive Development and Learning, Social Development and Socialization Processes, Psychophysiological Processes, and Research Methods; students also are required to master intermediate–level statistics. Students receive close mentoring in developing their research capabilities and agendas through Research Apprenticeship experiences. As part of this apprenticeship experience, all Ph.D. students are required to complete an empirical research project prior to Advancing to Candidacy.

Applicants with a B.A. or B.S. who are admitted into our doctoral program typically have an excellent undergraduate record (GPA 3.5 or above) with research experience in developmental or educational psychology (or a closely related field), and desire training for a research–oriented career. If an applicant has an M.A. or M.S. in one of the social sciences or education, or with an M. S.W., or M.S.N., it is possible to have up to 9 credits of social science and education courses from the masters degree count toward the 72 hours required for the doctorate if they are recent and if they are approved by the faculty as being related to the student’s overall course program. The applicability of these courses will be evaluated after the student is enrolled in the program. In most cases, students who hold a Masters degree in a discipline unrelated to human development should consider the advice offered above to those entering with a B.A. or B.S. degree.


Human Development Ph.D (Non–Specialization)
Dept:
Program Code:
Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology (HDQM)
EDHD
Application Process: Graduate School Application, then Application Supplementary Form
Application Fee: $75
Transcript Required: Yes (Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0: Graduate GPA ≥ 3.5)
Standardized Testing: GREs only
Letters of Reference: 3 letters
Resume: Optional
Personal Statement: Required
Student Deadline: Fall: Preferred: December 1; Final: March 1
Spring - Preferred: August 30, Final: September 30
International Student Deadline: Fall: Preferred: November 15; Final: February 1
Spring - Preferred: August 30; Final: September 30
Prerequisites: None
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-2827
E-mail Contact: humandev@umd.edu
   

To learn more about the program please go to the [Student Handbook] and [Program Site].


Educational Psychology
Human Development with Specialization in Educational Psychology (Ph.D.): Earn your doctoral degree in Human Development with a specialization in Educational Psychology from the 7th ranked program in Educational Psychology in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report. The specialization in Educational Psychology is designed to mentor students in the areas of cognitive, social, motivational, emotional, and neurobiological aspects of learning and human development. This specialization involves intensive research apprenticeships with faculty mentors, coursework in core courses and advanced seminars, and exposure to leaders in Educational Psychology through the colloquia and professional development seminars organized by students and faculty associated with the specialization.

Students who fulfill the requirements of the specialization will gain expertise in the scientific domain of Educational Psychology. Educational Psychology involves the application of psychological theory and research methodology to educational contexts and the science of learning. In particular, this specialization is designed to give students more experience and greater proficiency in research in such areas as learning and cognitive development, achievement motivation, self–regulated learning, strategic processing, and social developmental issues associated with schooling, such as the influence of parents, peers, and teachers on student achievement, social adjustment to school, and self–concept.

Core courses include: History and Systems of Human Development, Language Development, Cognitive Development and Learning, Social Development and Socialization Processes, Psychophysiological Processes, and Research Methods; students also are required to master intermediate–level statistics. Students also receive close mentoring in developing their research capabilities and agendas through Research Apprenticeship experiences. As part of this apprenticeship experience, students are required to complete an empirical research project prior to Advancing to Candidacy.



Educational Psychology Ph.D (Specialization)
Dept:
Program Code:
Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology (HDQM)
EDHD
Application Process: Graduate School Application and Application Supplementary Form
Application Fee: $75
Transcript Required: Yes (Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0: Graduate GPA ≥ 3.5)
Standardized Testing: GREs only
Letters of Reference: 3 letters
Resume: Optional
Personal Statement: Required
Student Deadline: Fall - Preferred: December 1; Final: March 1st
Spring - Preferred: August 30; Final: September 30
International Student Deadline: Fall- February 1st
Spring- Perferred: August 30; Final September 30
Prerequisites: None
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-2827
E-mail Contact: humandev@umd.edu
   


To learn more about the program please go to the [Student Handbook] and [Program Site].


Developmental Science
Human Development with Specialization in Developmental Science (Ph.D.): Earn your doctoral degree in Human Development with a specialization in Developmental Science. The Developmental Science specialization is designed to train students in the areas of social, cognitive, emotional, and biological aspects of human development. This specialization involves intensive research apprenticeships with faculty mentors, coursework in core courses and advanced seminars, and exposure to leaders in Developmental Science through the colloquia and professional development seminar organized by the Center for Children, Relationships, and Culture, which is housed in the Department of Human Development.

The goal of the program is to train students for research careers in academic or applied areas of child development; graduates have obtained positions as university professors and research scientists.

Core courses include: History and Systems of Human Development, Language Development, Cognitive Development and Learning, Social Development and Socialization Processes, Psychophysiological Processes, and Research Methods; students also are required to master intermediate–level statistics. Students receive close mentoring in developing their research capabilities and agendas through Research Apprenticeship experiences. As part of this apprenticeship experience, students are required to complete an empirical research project prior to Advancing to Candidacy.

Applicants with a B.A. or B.S., who are admitted into our doctoral program typically have an excellent undergraduate record (GPA 3.5 or above) with research experience in developmental or educational psychology (or a closely related field), and desire training for a research–oriented career. If an applicant has an M. A. or M. S. in one of the social sciences or education, or an M.S.W. or M.S.N., it is possible to have up to 9 credits of social science and education courses from the masters degree count toward the 72 hours required for the doctorate, if they are recent, and if they are approved by the faculty as being related to the student’s overall course program. The applicability of these courses will be evaluated after the student is enrolled in the program. In most cases, students who hold a Masters degree in a discipline unrelated to human development should consider the advice offered above to those entering with a B.A. or B.S. degree.


Developmental Psychology Ph.D (Specialization)
Dept:
Program Code:
Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology (HDQM)
EDHD
Application Process: Graduate School Application and Application Supplementary Form
Application Fee: $75
Transcript Required: Yes (Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0: Graduate GPA ≥ 3.5)
Standardized Testing: GRE
Letters of Reference: 3 letters
Resume: Optional
Personal Statement: Required
Student Deadline: Fall - Preferred: December 1; Final: March 1st
Spring Preferred: August 30; Final Sepember 30
International Student Deadline: Fall- Prefered: November 15; Fianl: February 1
Spring: - Preferred August 30; Final: September 30
Prerequisites: None
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-2827
E-mail Contact: humandev@umd.edu
   

To learn more about the program please go to the [Student Handbook] and [Program Site].

 

Measurement Statistics and Evaluation Doctorate
Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation (Ph.D.): Earn your doctoral degree in Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation. Graduates of this program pursue positions in government, educational institutions, and private industry.

Coursework combines content from statistics, measurement, evaluation and related fields. There is a common core of courses comprised of classroom assessment, applied measurement issues and practices, applied multiple regression analysis, multivariate data analysis among many others. In addition, at least 12 credits of elective courses must be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor. A minimum of 30 credit hours (including EDMS 899) must be taken following admission. A typical program of study includes approximately 85 credits (including dissertation credits and relevant master’s coursework).

Applicants must meet the Program of Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation’s admission requirements.


Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation Ph.D (Non-Specialization)
Dept:
Program Code:
Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology (HDQM)
EDMS
Application Process: Graduate School Application and Application Supplementary Form
Application Fee: $75
Transcript Required: Yes (Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0: Graduate GPA ≥ 3.5)
Standardized Testing: GRE General; International-TOFEL
Letters of Reference: 3 Letters
Resume: Optional
Personal Statement: Yes
Student Deadline:

Fall: Preferred: November 15; Final: March 1st
Spring - Preferred: August 30; Final: September 30

International Student Deadline: Fall: Preferred: November 15:; Final: February 1
Spring - Preferred: August 30; Final: September 30
Prerequisites: Requires a Masterís degree in related field. A background in math (typically including calculus and linear algebra) as well as prior relevant coursework in quantitative methods is also required.
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-3621, Dr. Gregory Hancock or any EDMS faculty member
Email Contact: ghancock@umd.edu
   


To learn more about the program please go to the [Program Site].