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Urban Education Studies

School of Education


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Departmental Email: urbanphd [at] iupui [dot] edu

Degree Offered

Doctor of Philosophy


Admission to the urban education studies doctoral program is competitive and requires faculty approval. Admission is based on an applicant's qualifications, submitted application materials (including GRE scores and official transcripts), a personal interview, and references. Additionally, the IU School of Education at IUPUI will follow the standard policies and procedures of the IUPUI Graduate Office.

A master's degree is required for admission to the program. If you are enrolled in a master's program at the time you apply but have not yet completed the program, you must do so before you begin urban education studies doctoral course work.

To apply, complete the online application and submit all other materials described below to:

Graduate Admissions
IU School of Education at IUPUI
ATTN: Donnella Dillon
902 W. New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5155


To graduate from the Urban Education Studies doctoral program, you must complete a total of 90 credit hours distributed as follows.

Urban Education Studies major (36 credit hours)

Required courses (21 credit hours)

  • EDUC-T 620 Issues in Urban Education (3)
  • EDUC-J 655  Multicultural and Global Education (3)
  • EDUC-T 690 Early Inquiry in Urban Education (3)
  • EDUC-T 650 Teaching Internship in Urban Education (3)
  • EDUC-T 750 Topical Seminar in Urban Education (6-taken twice for 3 credit hours each)
  • EDUC-T 700 Research Seminar in Urban Education (3)

Additional course choices (15 credit hours) 

  • EDUC-A 560 Political Perspectives of Education (3)
  • EDUC-A 653 The Organizational Context of Education (3)
  • EDUC-A 672 Moral Dimensions of Leadership (3)
  • EDUC-H 520 Education and Social Issues (3)
  • EDUC-H 530 Philosophy of Education (3)
  • EDUC-J 500 Instruction in the Context of Curriculum (3)
  • EDUC-J 630 Curriculum Theory and Practice (3)
  • EDUC-K 553 Classroom Management (3)
  • EDUC-K 548 Families, School and Society (3)
  • EDUC-L 500 Instructional Issues in Language Learning (3)
  • EDUC-L 524 Language Education Issues in Bilingual and Multicultural Education (3)
  • EDUC-L 540 ESL/EFL Instruction and Assessment Approaches (3)
  • EDUC-P 507 Assessment in Schools (3)
  • EDUC-T 515 Inter-professional Collaboration in Urban Schools and Communities (3)
  • EDUC-T 531 Organizational Change in Cultural & Linguistical Diverse Schools (3)
  • EDUC-T 630 Topics in Urban Education: Variable Topics (3)
  • EDUC-T 550 Cultural/Community Forces and the Schools (3)
  • EDUC-Y 510 Action Research I (3)

Research core (15 credit hours)

  • EDUC-Y 521 Methodological Approaches to Educational Inquiry (3)
  • EDUC-Y 502 Intermediate Statistics Applied to Education (3)
  • EDUC-Y 500 Lab for Statistics (1)
  • EDUC-Y 611 Qualitative Inquiry in Education (3)
  • EDUC-Y 603 Statistical Design of Education Research (3) or 
  • EDUC-Y 604 Multivariate Analysis in Educational Research (3)
  • Advanced Research Methods (3) selected with approval from faculty advisor

Minor (12 to 18 credit hours)

You will consult with your Advisory Committee to identify a minor. The courses you take to satisfy your minor can come from within the School of Education or from another school entirely—but cannot be part of the Urban Education Studies major. 

Electives (9 to 15 credit hours)

You will have the freedom to choose courses that give you the breadth of knowledge you need to satisfy your particular interests and goals. However, you should have your Advisory Committee's approval before enrolling.

Together, the Minor and Elective courses must total 24 credit hours.

Dissertation (15 credit hours)

  • EDUC- T 795 Doctoral Proposal Preparation in Urban Education (3)
  • EDUC- T 799 Doctoral Thesis in Urban Education (12)

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