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Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies, Educational Policy

The PhD program in Educational Policy at The Ohio State University prepares you to become an expert who uses and engages in scholarly research to influence and shape conversations as well as foster new thinking about important issues facing educators today and in the future.


As a student in the Educational Policy doctoral program, you will work with faculty engaged in ongoing research in educational policy. As your interests and experiences develop, you will begin to craft an emergent program of study that reflects your own interests. You will identify and formulate your research areas of interest, attend conferences and work and write with faculty early in your studies - and continue to do so throughout the program.

Educational policy research can focus on specific policy agendas that have national and local implications, such as the current federal Race to the Top legislation or current state policy. Your research may focus more generally on aspects of policy movements (virtual high schools, venture philanthropy, etc.). To conduct your research, you may employ qualitative, quantitative, historical or other methods, or you may pursue more theoretical questions. The program mobilizes faculty expertise in these and other areas.

Our students' research includes leadership in education, school safety, education reform and parental involvement in schools. For more information about faculty expertise, see the links below.

Career Paths

With a doctorate in Educational Policy you are ready for a career as a scholar at a college or university. Graduates also go on to leadership roles in government, non-profit agencies and all levels of education.


Deadline to Apply: 
December 1
Program Start: 
Autumn semester
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
Master's degree, academic writing sample is required
Minimum Program Hours: 

Program requirements: Core courses (6 hours), specialization courses (30 hours), research methods (9 hours), dissertation (6 hours), research apprenticeship (9 hours)
Academic Opportunities: Graduate associateship, scholarships, university fellowships

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Ann Allen, PhD, Professor
Antoinette Errante, PhD, Associate Professor
Yvonne Goddard, PhD, Associate Professor
Jan Nespor, PhD, Professor

Affiliated Faculty
Karen Beard, PhD, Assistant Professor
Belinda Gimbert, PhD, Associate Professor
Roger Goddard, PhD, Professor and Novice G. Fawcett Chair
Joshua Hawley, PhD, Associate Professor - John Glenn College of Public Affairs
James Moore, PhD, EHE Distinguished Professor
Tatiana Suspitsyna, PhD, Associate Professor
Richard Voithofer, PhD, Associate Professor
Bryan Warnick, PhD, Professor