Program Overview

The Education Sciences Interdisciplinary Ph.D. with an emphasis in STEM Education is an intensive program designed to prepare future researchers, teacher educators, and researcher-practitioners to meet the national call for more individuals with heightened scholarly expertise in STEM Education. The Education Sciences Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program requires study throughout the year. Full-time study is strongly encouraged; however, part-time study is a possible alternative, particularly for professional educators.


The program includes 45 credit hours of coursework culminating in a dissertation study designed by the candidate. Coursework encompasses four main core components:

  • Education Sciences Interdisciplinary Ph.D. core focusing on research methodologies (12 hours)
  • STEM Education required courses addressing pedagogy and research in STEM Education (15 hours)
  • STEM Education Methodology (9 hours)
  • Electives (9 hours)

The length of the program varies based on students’ education and professional experiences, interests, and career goals.

How to Apply

Required Materials:

  • GRE scores (preferably from within the past 10 years – if you are a KY teacher applying for rank change, GRE must be within the last 5 years)
  • GPA requirement: 2.75 undergraduate; 3.0 Graduate work
  • Official transcripts: official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must be submitted to the Graduate School (send to The Graduate School, Attn: Admissions Office, 201 Gillis Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0033) – unofficial transcripts can be submitted to initiate application process, but all admissions are contingent upon receipt of official transcripts
  • A short statement about your career goals and interests
  • Writing sample (e.g., paper written for coursework requirement, grant application, publication)
  • Three letters of recommendation (the online system will email your references to submit their letters)
  • Interview with STEM Ed faculty specializing in your area of interest (Interview will be scheduled upon completion of application materials)
  • Onsite writing sample prior to interview
  • $65.00 admissions fee paid in full (international students: $75.00)

Gather the required materials and submit an application to the Graduate School.

Applications are accepted throughout the academic year. In order to guarantee accept/deny decision and time to enroll, domestic applications must be submitted AT LEAST one month prior to the beginning of the semester in which you wish to enroll. International applications must be submitted by March 15 (to start during the fall) and by August 22 (to start during the spring).