Ph.D. Programs

What Will My Program Look Like?

The Ph.D. requires 60 course credits and 24 thesis credits. Course credits include a minimum of 12 credits in general aspects, a minimum of 20 credits in research, and a minimum of 16 credits in the specialization. Course credits must also include 12 elective credits and 12 credits from outside the department, which may overlap with those in general aspects, research, and the specialization. More about the Ph.D. can be found in the Graduate School Catalog.

The Ed.D. requires 60 course credits and 24 field study credits (thesis credits). Course credits include a minimum of 12 credits in general aspects, a minimum of 11 credits in research, and a minimum of 28 credits in the specialization, 4 of which must be internship credits. Course credits must also include 12 credits from outside the department, which may overlap with those in general aspects, research, and the specialization. More about the Ed.D. can be found in the Graduate School Catalog.

Applying to the Program

You may apply online through the Graduate School.

Students who have been registered previously in a graduate program at the University of Minnesota should complete a Change of Status form rather than fill out an application form. Students who wish to pursue an M.A. and a doctorate simultaneously may do so by requesting simultaneous admission. The faculty strongly recommend that students who wish to pursue a doctorate earn a master's degree first.

Assistantships, Scholarships, and Employment

Learn about scholarships in the College of Education and Human Development. For assistantships in other departments of the University, check the Graduate School Fellowship Office and Office of Human Resources. For more financial aid resources see tuition, cost and aid on the College of Education and Human Development graduate page. General financial aid advising and information are available from the University Financial Aid.

Additional Resources

Additional Graduate Degree Options