Why earn a doctorate in educational foundations and research?

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Feb. 15
Oct. 1

UND's Ph.D. program in Educational Foundations and Research offers a deep dive into the intellectual and scholarly themes that are foundational to best practice in teaching and research.

As a Ph.D. student, you'll choose one of two focus options:

  • Foundations of Education, which emphasizes critical analysis of the broad intellectual and scholarly themes foundational to good educational practice and policy using insights from psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, culture, gender and political science
  • Research Methodologies, which focuses on applying cutting-edge research skills in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodologies to educational challenges

You will also explore an area of particular interest through a graduate minor or cognate. And you'll join a diverse and interdisciplinary student body collaborating in a state-of-the-art building.

Education Faculty Researchers

Classes are highly interactive, with teaching focused on research assessment, discussion and project-based application to real-world educational issues. Learn from faculty researchers who actively collaborate to empower students through a community of scholarship:

Educational Foundations Research Degree

  • Work closely with faculty mentors in authoring publications and presenting research.

  • Pursue research in your area of passion. Programs are highly customizable, and class times accommodate working professionals. Some courses are available online.

  • Learn the newest research methodologies and technology, using leading theories to tackle current education issues.

  • Become highly employable by developing actionable skills paired with content knowledge highly sought after by a variety of industries. 100% of recent UND Educational Foundations and Research grads are employed.

  • Earn a Graduate Certificate in Learning Analytics or Quantitative Research Methods, a signal to employers that you have particularly in-demand skills.

Educational Foundations Research Careers


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The demand for education professionals with advanced degrees is growing nationwide across a variety of industries. A Ph.D. in Educational Foundations and Research prepares you make your mark as a university professor, research analyst, educator, leader, policymaker, program evaluator or consultant in settings such as:

  • Higher education
  • P-12 schools
  • Federal and state agencies
  • Nongovernmental organizations
  • Curricular and program evaluation

Educational Foundations Research Ph.D. Courses

Gain the Insights to Lead

The Educational Foundations and Research program allows students to engage in impactful initiatives and ideas.