Educational Policy Studies & Evaluation Degree Program Descriptions
M.S. in Higher Education with Optional Concentration in Student Affairs
This master’s degree serves those contemplating careers in higher education or already working in a college or university. It may also be organized as a foundation for doctoral study. Students may choose to develop a program which examines the history, sociology, philosophy, and/or comparative international analyses of post-secondary settings broadly defined. Students may also choose to concentrate their studies in the field of higher education administration, including student affairs administration. This degree program is compatible with the new Graduate Certificate in International Higher Education for students interested in comparative higher education.
M.S. in Educational Research Methods & Policy Studies (Online or In Person)
The Educational Research Methods Master’s degree (M.S.) provides students with a specialization in the application of educational research methods and policy studies. These methods can be applied to a host of disciplines, including the social sciences, physical sciences, K-12 instruction/administration, and business. Students will receive a foundation in key, introductory elements of research and policy studies through the core courses, along with advanced professional preparation for a new career or career advancement as a researcher, evaluator, K-12 instructor/administrator, or policymaker. This master’s degree program also provides an excellent gateway to further doctoral study.
Ph.D. in Studies in Higher Education
The Ph.D. program Studies in Higher Education (SHED) requires research on some aspect of higher education, broadly defined. Students may select an area of concentration from the history and philosophy of higher education, the socio-cultural study of higher education, legal and organizational study of higher education, or research, measurement, and evaluation in higher education. Ph.D. dissertations are expected to advance knowledge in the field and/or further develop existing theory. The program is ideally suited for those who wish to develop the scholarly competence required for service as faculty.
Admission requirements and procedures are the same as for the Ed.D..
Ph.D. Studies in Higher Education Specialization in Diversity Equity & Inclusion
The Ph.D. Studies in Higher Education specialization in Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion prepares students for high-level administrative positions in diversity, equity, and inclusiveness leadership in higher education settings. The core of this specialization highlights a nine-hour Graduate Certificate in Senior Diversity Officer Leadership (also pending UK Faculty Senate approval). The Ph.D. coursework will emphasize innovative approaches to diversity, equity, and inclusion work and will offer experiential learning opportunities where scholars’ creative and forward-thinking ideas can be applied. It will also include mentorship from experienced senior diversity officers from across the nation.
Ph.D. Studies in Higher Education Specialization in Institutional Research
The Ph.D. Studies in Higher Education specialization in Institutional Research prepares students to identify information needs; collect, analyze, interpret, and report data and information for planning and evaluation; and assist organizations in utilizing these data and information to make informed decisions. The core of this specialization includes a 15-hour Graduate Certificate in Research Methods in Education with an internship in the desired area of Institutional Effectiveness.
Ph.D. in Education Sciences
The Ph.D. in Education Sciences program is designed for individuals seeking research careers at research-intensive universities, education agencies, research centers, and private organizations. While the program is housed within the College of Education, the Department of Educational Policy Studies participates in two options for the degree: (1.) Educational Evaluation & Policy and (2.) Philosophical & Cultural Inquiry. The Education Sciences program offers considerable flexibility to students seeking to develop rigorous methodological skill sets and/or deep contextual understandings of education policy and practice. For more information about applying please visit https://education.uky.edu/epe/apply/.
Additional information about the program can be found on the College of Education website.
Graduate Certificate in Senior Diversity Officer Leadership (Online)
Graduate Certificate in Senior Diversity Officer Leadership prepares students for high-level administrative positions in diversity, equity, and inclusiveness leadership in higher education settings. This certificate is designed for any University of Kentucky graduate student (or admitted post-baccalaureate student) wishing to enhance their graduate degree.
Graduate Certificate in International Education
The Graduate Certificate in International Education prepares graduate students for careers in international education, including but not limited to education abroad, international student services, and placement in other international organizations which support the exchange of students in higher education. This certificate is designed for any University of Kentucky graduate student (or admitted post-baccalaureate student) wishing to enhance their graduate degree.
Graduate Certificate in Research Methods in Education (Online)
The Research Methods in Education (RMinE) Graduate Certificate provides students with the ability to specialize in education research methods that can be applied to a host of disciplines, e.g., social sciences, physical sciences, and business. The courses students will take provide them with a foundation in a range of approaches to research, including quantitative methods, assessment, evaluation, and measurement, which can be applied at the introductory level to their specific fields. The program is open to students who want to demonstrate they have completed rigorous coursework in research methods.