Fully Funded PhD in Education at University of Arkansas
The Doctor of Education in Education Policy will prepare scholars for careers in academia, think tanks, and public service in the field of K-12 Education Policy. The program of study is based on empirical and theoretical research in the social sciences and other academic disciplines.
Our program is distinguished by its exceptional methodological rigor and reform themes, and boasts completion rates of 79% (4-year) and 89% (7-year). Students are required to be in residence at the University for at least the first three years of the program.
Applicants first apply for program entry. Once admissions decisions have been made, successful applicants will be considered for fellowship awards by the department and by the University of Arkansas Graduate School.
In addition to meeting university requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the successful applicants to the program typically have combined GRE scores over 300, an analytic writing score of 4.0 or higher, and a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 undergraduate or 3.5 in a master’s program.
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PhD Funding Coverage
The Department of Education Reform offers graduate assistantships and can nominate successful applicants for competitive merit-based fellowship awards.
Graduate assistantships offer qualified applicants a full tuition waiver, a health insurance benefit plus an attractive annual stipend.
They allow the student to gain valuable experience by participation in supervised large research projects for 20 hours per week in EDRE.
There are two fellowships available to potential Education Reform students; the Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship, and the Doctoral Academy Fellowship. Interested applicants can find information on these at Funding Options.
Students in the program are also able to collect data in the field for research projects and present at national and international conferences free of charge, without needing to fund raise.
1. Distinguished Doctoral Fellowships
Distinguished Doctoral Fellowships are combined with graduate assistantships to provide a package of stipends totaling $40,000 per year (2021-2022), a tuition waiver and further benefits. The DDF may be renewed for up to three years following the initial year while maintaining normal progress in the Education Policy degree program.
2. Doctoral Academy Fellowships
Doctoral Academy Fellowships are combined with graduate assistantships to provide a package of stipends totaling $30,000 per year (2021-2022), a tuition waiver and further benefits. These awards may be renewed for up to three years following the initial year while maintaining normal progress in the degree program.
You will need to arrange the following application materials for submission to the Graduate School, through the admissions website:
1. GRE test scores, from a test taken within the past 5 years, sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. This is required of all applicants.
2. Official transcripts of all college- and university-level coursework, received directly from the registrars of the institutions you have attended.
3. At least two letters of recommendation. The admissions website has a function that allows you to invite people to upload letters of recommendation. These letters should be written by persons (supervisors, professors, etc.) who are in a position to evaluate your capability to undertake a demanding doctoral program in education policy. Please ensure that all letters are printed on the person’s institutional letterhead and are signed by hand.
4. Education Policy Ph.D. Departmental Application.
5. Statement of Purpose of 1,000 words or fewer, in which you share your background and reasons for your interest in research related to education policy and reform.
6. Curriculum vitae.
The Ph.D. in Education Policy program takes in students once a year, in August only. To be eligible for admission and fellowship consideration, all application materials must be received by the Graduate School no later than Jan. 10 in the year of intended entry. Applications for admission received after this date will be evaluated only on a space-available basis at the discretion of the department.