PhD in Education for Social Justice

The PhD Program in Education for Social Justice was established to build critical scholars capable of impacting the complex world of education through their research and practice. Scholars graduate with rich understandings and experiences of how they might use education to build more equitable, tolerant, and socially just societies and institutions.

Students will emerge poised to take on a variety of roles in the educational realm including:

  • Change-agents in institutes, districts, and schools
  • Educational researchers and instructors
  • Teacher-researchers with instructional expertise

The priority application deadline is April 1, 2020. The final application deadline is May 15, 2020.

A Program Built With Your Goals In Mind

Students can choose from either a professional or academia-focused pathway based on your career goals. Course delivery modes include seminars, immersive experiences, research-intensive coursework, asynchronous instruction, synchronous discussion, and independent work. Each pathway also includes a global studies experience requirement. 

Candidates will:

  • Use theory to address pressing educational questions and challenges
  • Engage in critical conversations of social justice, culture, and opportunity
  • Analyze and critique existing educational research using qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method research techniques
  • Apply the knowledge gained to their personal and professional lives

Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

A variety of scholarships and grant are available to help you fund your graduate program and our dedicated team at SOLES is here to help you navigate your options. 

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Program Pathways

Professional (100% Online): Earn a Ph.D. or Ed.S. degree 

100% Online Ed.S. Requirements
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 
4 Years Online 6 Units Per Semester
48 Total Units Doctoral Seminars I, II, III, IV
Hybrid Ph.D. Requirements
Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) 
3 Years Online 6 Units Per Semester
36 Total Units Doctoral Seminars I and II

Academia (Hybrid): Earn a Ph.D. degree 

100% Online Ph.D. Requirements
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 
2 Years Online 2 Years In-Residence (USD)
6 Units Per Semester 48 Total Units
Doctoral Seminars I, II, III, IV Dissertation 

Eligibility By State

Due to regulations from the Department of Education, as of February 23, 2013, the University of San Diego is unable to enroll students in its online degree programs who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin.