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San Diego State University

Joint PhD Program in Education




The Ph.D. is awarded on the basis of the candidate's achievement in these areas:


    • understanding of diversity and its implications for education;
    • analysis and development of educational policy;
    • expertise in systemic organizational change;
    • application of theory and research-based knowledge to the transformation of communities;
    • use of effective educational practices, including tools available through technology; and
    • contribution to the knowledge base in education.



The student demonstrates these capabilities through coursework, qualifying exams, and completion of a dissertation under the supervision of a committee composed of faculty from both universities. Students complete a minimum of 24 units at San Diego State University and 24 units at Claremont Graduate University.



Both Claremont and San Diego State offer a broad range of doctoral seminars and other graduate courses in education and in related fields. In consultation with faculty advisors from the two cooperating universities, students develop an individualized program of study appropriate to their particular interests and designed to support their development of the capabilities described above.

Full or Part-Time Study

While full-time study is encouraged, most students in the program are working professionals. Full-time students can expect to complete the program in three years; part-time study significantly extends the time to degree completion. Fall and spring classes at both schools are offered in the late afternoon and evening. A variety of courses are also available during the summer at CGU. Students are required to integrate their SDSU and CGU coursework.

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Graduate Bulletins for San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University are available on-line in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format.


Other CGU Resources

The School of Educational Studies Web Site provides links to a variety of resources of interest to doctoral students, including academic program descriptions and requirements, a full list of seminars in education offered at CGU, and current class schedules.


Other SDSU Resources

The current Schedule of Classes and the Academic Calendar for the current year are accessible from the Student or Faculty/Staff pages of the SDSU Web site.

The Student Handbook can be downloaded by clicking on the link SDSU/CGU Student Handbook.