PhD in Education

Welcome to the Graduate Group in Education PhD Program


Our Ph.D. program critically engages students in contemporary issues that impact education research, policy and practice.  Emphasizing collaboration, the program is an interdisciplinary graduate group that draws its faculty from diverse fields of education, humanities, social science, physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and medicine, and engages with key campus centers and programs, such as the M.I.N.D. Institute and the Poverty Center.  To learn more about our faculty, from the left-hand menu click on the Graduate Group Faculty.

Designed to foster scholarly engagement and impact the practice of education, students may select from 5 areas of emphasis:

To learn more about these, click on PhD Program Emphasis Areas from the left-hand menu.

Graduates of our program gain deep knowledge of educational theory and practice related to strengthening schools and other educational settings. Our close proximity to California’s state capital of Sacramento also affords students a rich set of opportunities and networks for influencing education policy.

To learn more about applying to our program, visit Admissions & Financial Aid – PhD Program.


2022 PhD Graduation Brunch

UCD Conference Center

The Graduate Group in Education at the University of California, Davis 
Invites you to The Annual Education PhD Celebration 

A brunch reception and ceremony to Celebrate our PhD Students’ Accomplishments, Build and Bask in our Developing Scholarly Community and Honor the 2022 PhD Graduates in Education.


Kaozong Mouavangsou

MA ’16

As a product of the U.S. educational system, I grew up being miseducated about my own culture and history. Although the school curriculum didn’t explicitly teach me that my culture was inferior, the lack of Hmong history and culture in school made me believe this.

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GGE Research Poster Presentation

On April 19th, the Graduate Group in Education invited its faculty and PhD students to display posters of their 2015/16 conference presentations. This is a great opportunity for students to display their enthusiasm and excitement for their research while learning about others’ work as well.

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