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Oklahoma State University

Ph.D. in Education

The Ph.D. in Education program provides advanced preparation enabling candidates to assume leadership roles and focuses on research, pedagogy, diversity, technology, and agency. The Educational Technology option in particular educates scholars with a deep understanding and ability to create and apply knowledge of educational technology in scholarly communities interested in the advancement of education at the national and international levels.
See the Advisement Checklist (right click on document to print) for full details. You will send your advisor a copy of this completed and signed form immediately after admission. 
Application Deadline

  • For fall semester admissions: rolling admission until July 1, priority deadline* January 15
  • For spring semester admissions: rolling admission until December 1, priority deadline*  September 15

*for scholarships and graduate assistantships

Minimum Background Requirements

  • GPA >3.5 in a Master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Miller Analogies Test composite raw score of >400 OR a Graduate Record Exam score of >300 (combined verbal and quantitative) and 4.5 on the analytical scale
  • Evidence of scholarly writing ability

Documents Required to be Submitted for Admission Review

  • Statement of Professional Goals (The admission committee looks for writing ability and a fit between your goals and the program)
  • Three letters of recommendation providing information related to past academic ability, potential for graduate study, and writing ability.
  • Scholarly writing sample
  •  Resume or vita

Course Format/Delivery
This is not an online program. Educational technology courses at the doctoral level are often delivered in hybrid formats, but require a physical presence on campus each semester. Most of the required courses outside the specialization area are delivered in face-to-face format, with weekly meetings in the late afternoon or evening.

Essential Reading List for All PhD Students
This list contains readings you may encounter (or may have encountered) in your coursework. The readings have been selected by program faculty and are considered essential knowledge the successful PhD candidate will demonstrate understanding and synthesis of through qualifying exams and dissertation writing. Each candidate will have their own research focus, resulting in deeper understanding of some of the readings on the list as opposed to others.

Dissertation Pre-Proposal Guide

Dissertation Proposal Guide
These two guides are designed to help you structure your thinking toward your dissertation research. Please make a copy of the form and share it with your advisor.

Contact Information
Dr. Susan Stansberry
205 Willard Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078