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.

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

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.


Kaozong Mouavangsou

MA ’16, PhD ’22

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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