Fully Funded PhD in Education at University of Virginia
The School of Education and Human Development’s Ph.D. in Higher Education program prepares graduates to pursue faculty careers or become senior administrators in colleges and universities. This is a research-based, full-time program that is offered in Charlottesville only.
Ph.D. in Higher Education students complete a program of study that includes at least 60 hours of coursework (excluding dissertation credit).
Acceptance of up to 24 hours of transfer credit from a student’s master’s degree program or from post-master’s work completed at another institution is determined on an individual basis by the student’s advisor and the program head. The program coordinator may exempt students from required courses that they have already taken.
Applicants possessing a relevant master’s degree. Highly qualified scholar-researchers who are interested in working in fields where the emphasis is on the production and communication of scholarship.
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PhD Funding Coverage
Departmental fellowships and assistantships are provided to a select number of applicants each year. A typical funding package includes funding for nine months in a combination of wages and stipends, tuition and all mandatory fees, and funds to cover student health insurance costs.
The University also offers a limited number of competitive fellowships for which students enrolled in Ph.D. programs may apply.
Admission requirements that apply specifically to this program are listed below:
1. Statement of purpose (3-5 pages, speaks to reasons for pursuing the degree, including academic and professional goals)
2. Writing sample (typically a paper written during Master’s program)
3. Applicants are welcome but are not required to come to the School of Education and Human Development for an interview. To schedule an interview or campus visit, please reach out to the contact at the bottom of this page.