Educational Studies, Ph.D.

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Minimum Total Hours: 90

Program Code: D330

Program Requirements

Foundational Core (9 hours minimum)
Interdisciplinary Educational Studies or Philosophy of Education
Choose one of the following courses:3
School and Society
EDS 5033
The Educational Philosophy of John Dewey
Classics in Educational Thought
History of Education
EDS 5943History of Race and Education in Oklahoma3
or EDS 6793 History of U.S. Education
Sociology of Education
EDS 5703Sociology of Education3
or EDS 5913 Latinas/os and Education
Major Coursework (12 hours minimum)
12 hours (minimum) in one of the following areas: Interdisciplinary Educational Studies (with a specified topical focus), Philosophy of Education, History of Education, Sociology of Education. 112
Minor Coursework (9 hours)
9 hours minimum in any field(s) (such as an applied, disciplinary, or interdisciplinary specialty) directly relevant to the topical focus of the major and of the dissertation. 29
Research Proficiencies
Approaches to Educational Inquiry (9 hours, minimum)
Choose at least 3 courses from the following: 39
Linguistic and Conceptual Analysis
Introduction to Research and Evaluation in Education
Writing Educational Inquiry
Race and Representation in Educational Research
Naturalistic and Qualitative Research in Education
Post-Master's Seminar (Topic: Pro-Seminar)
Post-Master's Seminar (topic: Advanced Qualitative Inquiry in Education)
Historical Research Methods in Education
Plans for Dissertation Inquiry (3 hours, minimum)
EDAH/EACS 6970Post-Master's Seminar (with topic: Prospectus Development)3
or EDS 6033 Inquiry Design
Dissertation Research (6 hours minimum, 15 hours maximum)
EDS 6980Research for Doctoral Dissertation6-15
Additional Coursework
Remaining graduate-level hours to bring degree total to 90. May include master's credit, additional electives or other coursework. 33-42
Total Credit Hours90

At least 9 hours of the Major must consist of EDS courses, but neither Foundational Core coursework nor Research Proficiencies coursework may count toward the Major. 


Neither Foundational Core coursework nor Research Proficiencies coursework may count toward the Minor. Students are encouraged to complete their minor outside of Educational Studies. 


When deemed appropriate to the dissertation by the Advisory Committee, a student may substitute for one of these courses a more appropriate research course from any of the following academic units: Anthropology, Communication, Educational Psychology, English, Fine Arts, History, Philosophy, Political Science, or Sociology.

General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees

A student should expect to spend at least the equivalent of three full academic years beyond the bachelor’s degree to obtain the doctoral degree. During this period the student will take appropriate graduate coursework, successfully complete the general examination, and successfully defend and submit the final dissertation.

All coursework applied to the doctoral degree must carry graduate credit.

The doctoral degree requires at least 90 post-baccalaureate hours, including both formal coursework and hours of research.

The minimum hour requirement for a specific doctoral degree program cannot be waived.

No more than one-half of the credit hours, both OU and overall, excluding Research for Doctoral Dissertation (6980), may be S/U-graded coursework.

The student must be in residence at OU for at least two consecutive 16-week semesters during the pursuit of the doctoral degree while enrolled and engaged in coursework or research activities as prescribed by the major academic unit.

For more detailed regulations and requirements for Doctoral degrees, please consult the Graduate College Bulletin: