PhD, Education

Typical Length Varies

Delivery Campus-Based



The COE (College of Education) PhD offers a track in Global & International Education through the Department of Educational Foundations. This track is designed to prepare individuals in range of leadership, academic, policy, and research positions to meaningfully incorporate global perspectives into their professional practice. Put differently, this PhD track is relevant for those who occupy or aspire to the following position classroom teacher, school leader, school system administrator, higher education practitioner, study abroad facilitator, community leader, education analyst or researcher, university faculty, and professionals working in non-profit or non-governmental organizations. 

This unique PhD track examines how the cultural, technological, economic, and political aspects of globalization affect education policy and practice in a multitude of ways from early childhood education through advanced graduate studies. As the effects of globalization continue to manifest and to evolve, the insights gained are not only essential for professionals across every level of education but also across geographic regions, from the United States to the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Globalization presents challenges and opportunities by making the world more interconnected, by facilitating the dissemination of ideas and knowledge, by encouraging the movement of peoples, by creating new political bodies that create education policies at the supranational level, and by placing new pressures on local communities and national economic systems—all of which has major implications for education.

A key feature of this PhD track is that it goes beyond a focus on understanding these dimensions of globalization to also provide program participants with tools, frameworks, lessons, and strategies that can be adapted to numerous educational and organizational contexts. There are valuable resources embedded in this program that can help you improve your practice—and the practices of your organization—whether you are a classroom teacher, a school leader, a higher education professional, a school system administrator, or any of the other professional positions mentioned above. The courses in this program will focus on topical issues that are common to all educational systems and are appropriate for education professionals in diverse geographical locations. As indicated by the course titles further below, the courses focus, among other things, on how to analyze the effects of globalization on education policy and the curriculum (within and beyond the United States); drawing lessons from the policies and practical responses of a range of countries; critically understanding multiculturalism and diversity (and how to embody these ideals at multiple levels); analyzing education from a “systems” perspective that emphasizes the interconnectedness of each aspect of education reform and educational change; and examining the strategies and responses of teachers, principals, higher education professionals, and communities when it comes to how they “internationalize” their curricular, leadership, and programmatic activities.

Who should consider this program

This program is appropriate for individuals who seek to pursue impactful careers in academia, educational leadership, 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.

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: Global & International Education 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: Global & International Education 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.


Mail or Fax your Resume/Vitae to:

Doctoral Programs (Global & International Education 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.


Mail your sample of scholarly writing to:

Doctoral Programs (Global & International Education 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

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 (Global & International Education 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:

600/100 (Paper/Internet)

25 Listening
25 Speaking

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 dEADLINE
Regular Fall Admission February 1st
International Students Fall Admission January 15th

How to Apply
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)

Note: 8 credits is full time, most courses are 3 credits

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 (

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.


Minimum credits required = 40 credits

College PhD Core (9 credits)

  • Multiple Perspectives on Educational Research
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Quantitative Methods

Global & International Required Courses (15 credits)

  • Intro to Comparative/International Ed
  • Globalization in Education
  • International Development Education
  • Seminar on the Social and Contexts of Education
  • Advanced Research Methods (dissertation stage)

Global & International Education Electives (6 – 12 credits; select two – four courses)

  • Education and the World Order
  • Topics in Comparative Education
  • Seminar in Comparative/International Education
  • Seminar in Global Education
  • Leadership and Governance in Education
  • Foundations of Curriculum
  • Cultural Diversity in Education

Cognate, Area Studies, or Other EDEF Courses (6 credits – select two courses, unless 12 credits in Electives)

  • Philosophy of Education
  • History of Education
  • Politics of Education
  • Higher Education
  • Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Southeast Asia Studies, etc.
  • Disciplinary Studies (History, Philosophy, Sociology, Political Science, etc.)

College of Education PhD Internship (3 credits; select one)

  • Field Internship (International Location)
  • College Teaching

Additional Coursework

  • Dissertation Credits = 1 credit minimum
Advising & Faculty
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