The Ph.D. in education is a multidisciplinary program, offered by
the Graduate Group in Education.
“The Graduate Group in Education at UC Davis is a unique feature
of the Ph.D. program, enabling students to develop a
multidisciplinary course of study and connecting various
disciplinary traditions to the study of complex educational
issues.” — Michal Kurlaender, Associate Professor
Hosted by the School of Education, the Graduate Group in
Education is composed of faculty from a wide range of academic
disciplines including Education, Agriculture & Environmental
Science, American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Geology,
Human and Community Development, Linguistics, Mathematics, Native
American Studies, Physics, Plant Biology, Sociology, Statistics,
and Spanish. This arrangement offers students unique
opportunities to build personal programs where theory, research
and practice merge to prepare them for exciting careers in
educational research, teaching and other leadership roles.
Students are typically able to complete the program in four to
six years, including two to three years of required and elective
courses, a qualifying examination, and a dissertation.