Education - Ph.D.

Our Education Ph.D. program is an in-person research-oriented degree located on the beautiful Corvallis campus. The program provides unique opportunities for students to develop their research skills alongside world-class faculty whose expertise aligns with the students’ interests. Both full- and part-time students are welcomed into this flexible program that prioritizes small groups. We are committed to equity in education with expertise in cultural and social aspects of education across all contexts. Faculty draw on diverse theoretical perspectives, community engagement and policy work at the community, state, and national levels.

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Three Options for Equity-Based Doctoral Study

Our Education Ph.D. program offers three option areas for students: Agricultural Education; Language, Equity and Educational Policy, and Science/Mathematics Education.

Our students can choose to take coursework across two or more of the options’ content courses if desired. Every step of your coursework is supported by our advisors and faculty.

Our students are prepared to influence important educational issues across local, national, and international contexts upon graduation. This might include becoming educational researcher and faculty in colleges, universities, or community settings.



Average number of students per class

Almost 2,500

Number of scholarships offered through OSU


Faculty to Student Ratio

Top 1.4%

OSU's ranking among universities worldwide

What to Expect

Here are the application program requirements:, and OSU Graduate School requirements:

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Yes! A number of our students work full or part-time while they are pursuing their degree. The program attempts to schedule required coursework on only a few days a week and often in later afternoons in order to accommodate those who are working. 

No! Many students enroll part-time throughout their PhD program. 

The Education PhD at OSU is designed as a campus-based program, located in Corvallis, Oregon. We do not offer our core courses in an on-line format, however some elective courses in the College of Education and across campus may be offered on-line or in a hybrid format.  

Our program does not require a GRE. 

OSU Graduate School makes that determination based on transcripts and other application materials that are submitted with an application. Information is available on the graduate school website. Exceptions to English language testing for a number of English speaking countries are listed. 

Students are accepted into the program one time per year, for matriculation the following fall term. The applications portal opens mid-September for the admission for the following Fall. The priority deadline to be considered for admission and funding is December 1.  The regular deadline for admissions decisions is January 2, 2023. 

We do not require you to have a faculty sponsor during the admissions process because the decisions are made collectively by the faculty.  If one of our faculty’s research areas resonates with you, you should focus on that connection in your admission application essay. You can also name potential faculty mentors in your application, but faculty still assign Major Professors after admission.  

The College of Education offers a few graduate teaching and research assistantships based on a number of factors, such as what funding is available, if the student has research interest in an area that aligns with one of our faculty, faculty advising capacity, grant funding parameters, among other things. GA placements are determined by the faculty once students are accepted into the program.  Other GA positions are often available through an application process with administrative units throughout the university. 

To be considered for a graduate research or teaching assistantship or a fellowship, please submit an application by December 1. (The final deadline for applicants not seeking an assistantship or fellowship is January 2). Only those applications with all the required documents at the deadline will be considered by the faculty. If your application is missing a reference letter or transcript, the faculty will not review it. 

Yes, the Graduate School may approve up to 39 credits to be transferred towards your Education PhD degree, depending on the option you are focusing on (AgEd, LEEP, Sci/Math Ed) and a number of other factors. Review the Graduate School’s information on transfer credits for more information. 

Our learning outcome include definding an original significant contribution to knowledge, demonstrating a mastery of subject material, and conducting scholarly or professional activities in an ethical manner.

All of our classes are conducted in-person on the Corvallis campus.

Practicum where PhD can choose from options such as help supervise student teachers, work with faculty on teaching courses, or run educational programs. Students gain research experience with college faculty or around the OSU campus. Add this video:

Supporting you throughout your degree


Our small cohort model builds community among our students and offers different pathways to your degree. Plus, students benefit from peer and social support throughout all aspects of the PhD journey.

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Financial Support

OSU and the College of Education offer numerous financial aid options.

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Large University Services

We're a small college in a big university, providing you with 1:3 support with OSU's great resources.


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Support through the Graduate Student Writing Center

Get personalized support while you work on your theses, dissertations and more. 

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Participate in the Coalition of Graduate Employees:

This coalition represents the interests and rights of graduate student employees.

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From Scholarships and fellowships to funding for your research.

Why Choose OSU?

Ranked in the top 1% of research universities in the world, OSU produces more research than any other university in Oregon. Corvallis is consistently among the Top 10 college towns in the nation for its innovation, education, entertainment and overall livability.


You get all the attention, plus all the resources.

Graduate Student Only Resources

Career, writing center, and more.


OSU's commitment to inclusive excellence is everywhere


A few words about how important accreditation is. We have met or exceeded the standards for accreditation under both CAEP for teachers and CACREP for counseling. For more information about the standards, please visit the organization’s website.

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Adult & Higher Education Ph.D.

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