Education

Individually Designed Program

PhD in Educational Studies, On-Campus

Reach your interdisciplinary educational goals your way.

If you're an experienced professional who wants to make a contribution to your field of interest and gain an advanced degree, this flexible program allows you to meet that goal. Working with your faculty advisor and doctoral committee, you’ll have a key role in designing a program of study that fits your needs exactly.

This program encourages you to draw from your own life experiences to inform your work. You'll also join a collegial cohort community that allows you to learn from your classmates and PhD faculty and staff.

During the program, you’ll learn qualitative and quantitative research methods. You'll examine the nature of inquiry. Explore the forces that shape roles of professionals in institutions of social change, and interact with experts in the field. And you can choose elective courses from across the university and at neighboring institutions.

Your coursework allows you to develop a scholarly voice informed by a critical review of knowledge that brought you to doctoral study. You'll examine your sociocultural perspective, and gain insights from disciplines relevant to your program of study and research interests.

The program comprises three phases. In Phase I, you’ll take courses in research methods and interdisciplinary inquiry. In Phase II, you'll complete chosen elective courses and write a qualifying paper. In Phase III, you'll conduct research and write your dissertation.

Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus PhD program

45 credits
Gain Skills and Expertise
Our PhD program prepares you to:
$88,134
Average salary for education professionals with a doctoral degree in New England (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
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Superintendents and other hiring managers across Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates. With a combination of theory and practice, our graduates are prepared for leadership positions on day one. (Source: Radius Global Market Research)
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Associate Professor Susan Patterson
Dr. Susan Patterson
Susan is the director of the Individually Designed PhD program. She started her professional career as a middle and high school teacher of history and economics. At Lesley, she has been teaching in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programs, particularly in the appropriate integration of technology in the classroom.
Careers
Where You'll Work
Our PhD graduates go on to careers in:
PhD in Educational Studies Programs

Faculty

Total approximate cost for this PhD degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Individually Designed Program
  • Tuition
    $1,030/credit x 45
    $46,350
  • Fees
    PhD Matriculation Fees
    $10,465
    Registration Fees
    $400
    Activity Fees
    $180
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

  • Tuition
    $1030/credit x 45
    $46,350
  • Fees
    PhD Matriculation Fees
    $7,475
    Registration Fees
    $280
    Activity Fees
    $120
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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