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

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

The Lynch School doctoral program in Curriculum & Instruction is designed to develop professionals who have the knowledge, intellectual disposition, professional skills, ethical sensibilities, and leadership potential to make a difference in the lives of all schoolchildren. Faculty research and development reflect the Lynch School mission of serving others and promoting social justice.In particular, Curriculum & Instruction faculty members are involved in a rich variety of research and professional development projects, which are often carried out in collaboration with school-based teachers and administrators.

These projects link research, practice, and policy in teaching and teacher education by exploring how new and experienced teachers learn, how to meet the special needs of students with disabilities, and how to improve the school and life chances of students from urban, low income, or non-mainstream cultures.

In this sense, the research and development activities of the Curriculum & Instruction faculty help to challenge the inequities of the social order and contribute to the establishment of a more just society.

Choose from among specializations:

  • Language, Literacy & Culture
  • Methods and Modes of Inquiry in Curriculum & Instruction
  • Teaching, Curriculum, and the Politics of Schooling
  • Math, Science & Technology

At a Glance

How many courses?

This program consists of 16 courses for a total of 54 credits.

How long will it take?

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

When can I start?

Students can begin the program only in the fall semester.

Program Faculty & Expertise

What will I study?


  • Courses: 18
  • Credits: 54
  • Comprehensive Examination

Where do our graduates work?

University of Washington

Assistant Professor

Villanova University

Assistant Professor

Brown University

Research Associate

University of New Mexico

Assistant Professor

American Institutes of Research

Research Associate

Northeastern University

Assistant Professor

Boston University

Assistant Professor (Clinical)

Danvers High School


Seoul National University of Education

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

St John’s University

Assistant Professor

Newton Public Schools

Curriculum Director

Career paths chosen by previous graduates of the TCS Department.

Financial Assistance

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. 

Application Information



All applicants
December 1

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


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.


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 from the institution. When requesting electronic transcripts, you must manually type in to ensure it is received by our office. 

If your degree was obtained from an institution outside of the U.S. you are required to submit a course-by-course evaluation completed by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) approved evaluator. A complete list of NACES-approved evaluators is found on the Directory of NACES Members.

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

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

International applicants are encouraged to apply to the Lynch School of Education and Human Development. Learn about requirements for international students.

What will I study?


  • Courses: 18
  • Credits: 54
  • Comprehensive Examination

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