PhD, Education

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Credits

The COE PhD offers a specialization in Policy Studies, a collaborative effort of two departments: Educational Foundations and Educational Administration. Policy Studies consists of a multidisciplinary program of study concerned with identifying and ameliorating significant educational problems. The objective of the specialization is to equip high level professionals with enhanced abilities to analyze pressing educational problems and to formulate human and feasible solutions to these problems.

Who should consider this program

This program is appropriate for individuals who seek to pursue impactful careers in academia, educational leadership and policy, and research. If you have questions about your suitability for this program, we welcome your inquiry. Reach out to the program contact listed below.

Common Careers

This PhD program can lead to a wide variety of leadership, academic, and research positions in the government, private, and non-profit sector.

Graduates with the PhD degree are expected to be able to analyze, research, and implement alternatives in educational thought, policy and practice related to the social and ethical problems faced by schools and other educational agencies at the state, national and international levels.

Admission Requirements
Apply to UHM Graduate Division View This Task

You must submit a graduate division application.

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)"

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

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: Policy Studies 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: Policy Studies 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.

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Mail or Fax your Resume/Vitae to:

Doctoral Programs (Policy Studies 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 (Policy Studies 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 (Policy Studies 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

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Application Deadlines
Starting Semester dEADLINE
Regular Fall Admission February 1st
International Students Fall Admission January 15th

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Tuition & Funding

Tuition for the Graduate General & Post-Baccalaureate Unclassified program for the Fall 2019 semester:

  • $1,114/credit – Resident ($653 tuition + $451 fees)
  • $2,009/credit – Non-resident ($1,558 tuition + $451 fees)

There are many resources available to help graduate students pay for college, including College of Education scholarships. There are also several scholarships listed generally through the STAR website (please note that this is only accessible to students with a valid UH ID number – must be admitted as a student prior to looking for scholarships on this site) and the Financial Support section of the Graduate Division website. For more information on financial aid and additional resources, please visit the UH Manoa Financial Aid Office (finaid@hawaii.edu).

It should also be noted that many full-time students are able to find graduate assistant positions across the university. These positions come with tuition remission, a stipend, and health insurance.

Delivery Format

Courses are offered primarily in the fall and spring semesters. Most courses are offered in the evenings, usually from 4:30 to 7 P.M.  Some courses are offered online. It is also possible to take courses during the summer months.

Coursework

Minimum credits required = 43 credits

College PhD Core (12 credits)

  • Multiple Perspectives
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Advanced Methods

Specialization Introductory Core (9 credits)

  • Introduction to education policy studies
  • The politics of education
  • The educational system

Disciplinary and Comparative Perspectives (choose one)

  • History of American education
  • Philosophy of education
  • Introduction to comparative/international education
  • Social and cultural foundations of education

Organization and Governance Perspectives (choose one)

  • School-community relationships
  • Educational finance
  • Educational law
  • Human factors in organization
  • Introduction to higher education

Specialization Seminar Core, Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (choose two)

  • Seminar in educational foundations
  • Seminar in history of education
  • Seminar in philosophy of education
  • Seminar on the social and cultural contexts of education
  • Seminar in comparative education

Organizational Context and Governance Issues in Policy Making (choose two)

  • Seminar on policy formulation
  • Seminar on organization change
  • Seminar on school governance

Field Study or Internship (3 credits): EDUC 740 or EDUC 799 

Dissertation credits: EDEF 800 = 1+ credits

Advising & Faculty
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