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The Curriculum & Instruction strand of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Education Sciences program is designed for individuals seeking careers in higher education settings or other educational fields with an emphasis on conducting or analyzing educational research. To be eligible for the program, applicants must have an undergraduate and Master’s degree from accredited universities.

Each student’s program of study will consist of coursework in research methodologies, a series of core seminars related to curriculum and instruction, and a number of courses in the student’s area of specialization (e.g. Instructional Systems Design, Literacy, Social Studies Education).

After completing coursework, students will partake in a qualifying examination and then progress to the dissertation phase in which they will conduct original research related to an issue in their field of study. A student’s qualifying exam and dissertation research will be guided by a major professor and an advisory committee.

All applicants are encouraged to apply for 20-hour per-week assistantships, including teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and general graduate assistantships. These assistantships can help graduate students finance their studies by paying for all or some tuition costs and/or providing stipends.

Why You Should Enroll

The Curriculum & Instruction strand of the Education Sciences Ph.D. program is designed for individuals hoping for:

  • Full or part-time options in pursuing a Ph.D.
  • Preparation in educational research methodologies
  • An opportunity to teach and conduct research in higher educational settings
  • A career as a teacher educator
  • Careers related to educational research or working with educational consulting firms
  • Positions as curriculum or instructional specialists for school districts or state boards of education

Program Details

Delivery Method: Coursework is a mixture of in-person, remote, and hybrid instruction.

Credit Hours: A minimum of 36 hours prior to qualifying examination and dissertation phase

Time to Completion: Varies depending on full or part-time status. Candidates are required to reach qualifying exam stage within 5 years of entering the program

Tuition Cost: Refer to Full or Part-time tuition rates for Graduate Students on the UK Tuition and Fees page:

For details about application requirements and a link to the online application, refer to the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Education Sciences homepage


Check out the FAQ below or feel free to contact us with any questions you might have regarding this program. We can’t wait to hear from you! 

Ryan Crowley

Associate Professor, Interim Director of Graduate Studies

(859) 257-3158

State Authorization & Licensure

If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.

Tuition and Fees

For information regarding current program cost please refer to the UK Tuition and Fees page.

Refund Policies

You can find tuition refund policies, deadlines, amounts, and other important information on the UK Student Account Services website.

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