PhD in Education

Typical Length 5 years

Delivery Campus-Based

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The PhD degree with an emphasis in K-12 or higher education is designed to enhance organizational leadership by providing advanced study for highly qualified individuals with demonstrated professional leadership skills and capacity to conduct scholarly research in higher education. Students who have a master’s degree in a closely related field must complete 21 prerequisite credits in higher education or 18 credits in K-12 in addition to the doctoral program requirements. The doctoral program includes a set of research courses, seminars in higher education, cognate courses, a professional research experience or teaching internship, and a dissertation that makes an original research contribution to the field.

The primary purpose of the Ph.D. specialization in Educational Administration is intended to facilitate leadership in educational organizations by providing highly qualified professionals that serve the State of Hawai`i, the nation, and the Pacific Region. The content areas of the program include (1) policy and governance, (2) leadership and administration, (3) organizational theories and practice, and (4) quantitative and qualitative research.

The program includes work in the following:

(1) College Core, a set of research core requirements for all doctoral students enrolled in the College of Education

(2) Areas of Specialization (i.e., seminars in educational administration leading to an emphasis in K-12 or higher education)

(3) Cognate Field, course work taken outside the field of educational administration

(4) Fieldwork, Teaching or Research Internship

(5) Dissertation.

Common Careers

University or college professors, educational researchers, and/or educational leaders in various educational organizations or institutions.

Admission Requirements
Apply to UHM Graduate Division View This Task

You must submit a graduate division application.

Online Applications

To submit your application please go to the UHM online application.

Make sure you choose the application type “Graduate Studies”.

For checklist item #7 (Planned Course of Study) select "Education-PhD (No Spring Admission)"

For directions and information on the UHM Graduate application process, go to the Graduate Division Forms page and select - Graduate Admissions Application General Information and Instructions.

Information for prospective students can be found on the prospective students page of the UHM Graduate Division website.

Paper Applications

If you choose to submit a paper application you must download and complete the paper application (select “Graduate Admissions Application and Fee Payment Form”). Please carefully review the Graduate Division application instructions (select “Graduate Admissions Application General Information and Instructions”) and comply with the most current requirements and submission procedures.

It is a good idea to submit copies of all Graduate Division application materials to the COE department you are applying to with your COE application materials.

When completing a paper application, if you wish to qualify to pay resident tuition at UHM based on residency status or Board of Regents exemptions you should also submit the Residency Declaration Form.

Send your paper application along with Residency Declaration Form to the UHM Office of Graduate Education at:

2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822
Completed Master's Degree View This Task

Applicants must have graduated, or will graduate, from a UHM recognized, accredited, master’s degree program prior to beginning the PhD, Education: Educational Administration - K12 program.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE) View This Task

The GRE is required for admission to this program. GRE scores cannot be older than five years from the application deadline. There is no minimum score requirement for the GRE. Instead your GRE scores are considered as a component of your overall application packet. In order for your GRE scores to be considered, they must be received by the Graduate Division prior to the application deadline.

Your scores must be sent from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and may take up to 15 days for them to be received by UH.

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) code for UHM is 4867.

Send your official GRE scores to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822
Submitted Transcripts View This Task

A transcript from each post-secondary institution attended.

You should also including transcripts from, any study abroad or exchange programs, summer programs, and non-degree work and extension programs. Your official transcripts need to be sent directly to the Graduate Division from the issuing institution(s), or in sealed institutional envelopes if submitted with the application.

UH Transcripts

Transcripts are not required for course work completed at any of the UH campuses. Graduate Division Student Services will obtain UH transcripts on behalf of applicants.

International Students

Refer to the Office of Graduate Education International Admissions Requirements website for specific international requirements.

Send your official transcripts to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

Unofficial Transcripts

You may submit a copy of your unofficial transcripts directly to the department. However, you are still required to have your official transcripts sent directly to the UH Mānoa Graduate Division at the address above.

Upload your unofficial transcripts.
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Submitting unofficial transcripts to the department alone does NOT meet the transcripts requirement.

Statement of Objectives View This Task

A written statement of objectives as part of your application.

You are required to write a response to the following question as part of your application to the PhD, Education: Educational Administration - K12 program.



Use the following directions to submit your statement of objectives.

  1. Save your statement as either a word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.
  2. Name the file with your name and the word statement
    (e.g. StudentName_Statement.pdf).
  3. Upload your statement to Mākālei
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Submit Resume or Curriculum Vita (CV) View This Task

Your resume or CV.

You are required to submit your resume or CV. You can either upload a copy directly to Mākālei or mail or fax a copy to the department.

Upload your resume or CV
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AlertYour resume or CV must be in either Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.

Or

Mail or Fax your Resume/Vitae to:

Doctoral Programs (Educational Administration - K12 Specialization)
UHM College of Education
1776 University Avenue, Wist Rm 113
Honolulu, HI 96822
Fax: (808) 956-9100

Sample of Scholarly Writing View This Task

A sample of scholarly writing as part of your application.

Scholarly writing may include a published research article, an unpublished manuscript such as, a research proposal, a thesis, a class writing assignment, or a professional research report written for your job. You can either upload a copy directly to Mākālei or mail a copy to the department.

Upload your sample of scholarly writing
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AlertYour writing sample must be in either Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) or PDF (.pdf) format.

Or

Mail your sample of scholarly writing to:

Doctoral Programs (Educational Administration - K12 Specialization)
UHM College of Education
1776 University Avenue, Wist Rm 113
Honolulu, HI 96822

Three Letters of Recommendation View This Task

Three (3) letters of recommendation

List three professional references who will write your letters of recommendation, e.g., supervisor, professor, advisor, instructor, etc. These references will be sent an email with directions for submitting the letter. Please verify in advance, the listed references have agreed to provide a letter and inform them they will receive an email with instructions. The College reserves the right to contact professional references other than those listed.

Name E-mail Phone Relationship Send
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Please make sure the letters are submitted by: February 1
Letters can be submitted by one of the following:

  1. Upload to Mākālei (preferred):
    • You will be able to see any letters that are uploaded into Mākālei. If you or your references want the letters to be private, letters should be faxed or mailed in.

  2. Fax: (808) 956-9100
  3. Mail:
    • Doctoral Programs (Educational Administration - K12 Specialization)
      UHM College of Education
      1776 University Avenue, Wist Rm 113
      Honolulu, HI 96822

English Proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) View This Task

Applicants who are not native English speakers may need to take the TOEFL or IELTS (Academic) tests. For more information view the Graduate Division website. For more information on the TOEFL and IELTS tests and to determine if you need to take them please visit the Graduate Division's English Proficiency website.

Minimum acceptable scores for the 2 tests are:

TOEFL -
600/100 (Paper/Internet)
Subtests:

25 Listening
25 Speaking

IELTS -
6.00 for the Overall band test results

Send your official scores to the UHM Graduate Division at:

2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

Identification Documents View This Task

International students are required to submit a copy of their Identification documents (i.e. Passport or Identification Card)

As required by U.S. federal regulations, all international applicants are required to submit a copy of their passport identification pages, or a copy of their national identification card if a passport is not available.

Send your identification documents to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses

International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses ,including expenses for any accompanying spouse or children. Upon admission to UHM, only international applicants with proof of funding will receive visa documents. The Confidential Financial Statement Form for International Applicants is required of most international applicants.

Send your financial statement to the UHM Graduate Division at:
2540 Maile Way
Spalding 354
Honolulu, HI 96822

How to Apply
Application Deadlines
Starting Semester General Admission International Students Admission
Fall February 1 January 15
Spring N/A N/A

How to Apply
Delivery & Format

A minimum 40 credit program with courses offered in combination as online, hybrid, or in-person on the Mānoa campus. Courses are offered through the Departments of Educational Administration in the College of Education. Students are able to complete the program in 5 years.

Coursework

The PhD in Education Program, Educational Administration Track requires a minimum of 40 credit hours in addition to the Master Core courses (21 credits for Higher Education or 18 credits for K-12).  All doctoral students will be required to have 18-21 units of 600 level prerequisite courses (depending on K-12 or higher education emphasis). Students who have already completed a master’s degree in higher education or K-12 leadership/administration generally have fulfilled these requirements.

Each course is generally 3 credits.

  •    Education Research (3 credits minimum)
  •    Qualitative Research (3 credits minimum)
  •    Quantitative Research (3 credits minimum)
  •    Advanced Methods for Dissertation Research (3 credits minimum)
  •    Advanced Doctoral Seminars (12 credits minimum)
  •    Cognate Field, courses taken in another field (12 credits minimum)
  •    Field Experience (3 credits minimum)
  •    Research Problem and Dissertation (1 credit, variable)

The cognate can include courses taken in another field (e.g., sociology) or a combination of graduate courses from various departments that is approved by the student’s advisor and are appropriate to the proposed dissertation topic.