Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction

Develop the knowledge, professional skills, ethical sensibilities, and leadership potential to make a difference in the lives of all schoolchildren. With an emphasis on serving others and promoting social justice, our program trains you to challenge inequities and contribute to the establishment of a more just society.

At a Glance

How many courses?


The program consists of 16 courses (54 credits total).

How long will it take?


Full-time students typically complete the program in 4-5 years.

When can I start?


You can begin the program only in the fall semester.

Curriculum

Students take a mixture of core courses, electives, and research courses in addition to classes within their chosen area of specialization, culminating in a dissertation. 

Requirements


  • Courses: 18
  • Credits: 54
  • Comprehensive Exam

Faculty

Financial Aid

Education should level the playing field. We feel the same way about financial aid.

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development provides more than $8.4 million in financial aid to students each year. As a result, the quality of BC’s instruction, the benefit of our alumni network, and the impact a BC degree will have on your employment options is both affordable and invaluable. 

Careers

Roles

  • Assistant Professor
  • Research Associate
  • Principal
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • Curriculum Director

Organizations

  • University of Washington
  • Villanova University
  • Brown University
  • University of New Mexico
  • American Institutes of Research
  • Northeastern University
  • Boston University

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Application & Deadline

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The deadline for all applicants is December 1.

A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required; however, this fee is waived for select applicants.

Resume

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any licenses currently held, any social justice-related experience, any language skills other than English, and any research experience or publications.

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

Letters of Recommendation

Identification of recommenders/instructions to recommenders are outlined in the online Application Form.

Three letters of recommendation are required with at least one required from an academic source. Applicants with significant relevant professional experience may submit additional recommendations from supervisors.

Transcripts

All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be sent to our office before the application deadline. Please note the following:

  • Only official sealed (unopened) transcripts are acceptable. An official postsecondary transcript must be printed on official institutional paper and include at least one of the following: an institutional watermark, the registrar’s signature, or the registrar's seal.
  • Copies and unofficial transcripts sent directly from applicants are not acceptable, the transcript must come directly from the institution.
  • If you are a current student and have not completed your undergraduate and/or graduate degree, the most updated version of your transcript is acceptable.

Official electronic transcripts are accepted when sent directly to gsoe@bc.edu from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in gsoe@bc.edu to ensure it is received by our office. 

Mailed transcript(s) should be sent to the following address:

Lynch Office of Graduate Admissions, Boston College
Campion Hall 135
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Standardized Tests

The Curriculum & Instruction PhD program does not require the GRE for admission. You may submit GRE scores, but applicants are not required to do so.

For more information about the GRE exam, including test dates and testing sites, visit https://www.ets.org/gre.

Lynch School of Education and Human Development GRE Code: 3218

Writing Sample

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

All applicants to this program are required to submit one piece of work that demonstrates graduate-level writing ability. This document may be an academic term paper, a published work in which you are the primary author, a training manual or curriculum that you have created, a clinical case formulation, or another representative sample of your writing. The document should be approximately 15-25 pages.

International Students

Applicants that have completed a degree outside of the United States must have a course-by-course evaluation of their transcript(s) completed by an evaluation company approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Submission of falsified documents is grounds for denial of admission or dismissal from the University.

Requirements for International Students

NACES Members

Contact Us

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  617-552-4214