Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Doctor of Philosophy requires a dissertation which makes an original contribution to the science of evaluation and research. Therefore, the Ph.D. dissertation conforms to the rigors of scientific inquiry on theoretical issues, with empirical demonstrations for illustrative purposes.

Admission Requirements

See Wayne State University Graduate Catalog. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and a Master's GPA of 3.5 are required for admission to the Ph.D. program in most circumstances. All undergraduate and Master's majors are acceptable for the Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required.

Plan of Work

30 credits of post baccalaureate work (e.g., Master's degree) are credited toward the minimum post bachelor credit requirements. Students must take 6 credits in doctoral seminar courses, 10 credits in core courses, and 30 credits in doctoral dissertation (ED 9999). The minimum credits required in course work in the area of concentration for the Quantitative or Qualitative track is 21. The total minimum credits required for the Ph.D. is 97. A 10 credit cognate is optional.

Doctoral students must complete and submit a Plan of Work in consultation with their advisors prior to the completion of eighteen credits. Failure to file a Plan of Work will preclude further registration.

Required Core Courses for all Ph.D. EER Majors

  • EER 7630 - Fundamentals of Statistics 3 Cr.
  • EER 7650 - Computer Use in Research 3 Cr.
  • EER 8800 - Variance and Covariance Analysis 4 Cr.

Total Credits in Core Courses: 10 Cr.

Quantitative Track

  • EER 7610 - Evaluation and Measurement 3 Cr. (Offered online minimum once per academic year.)
  • EER 8760 - Advanced Measurement 3 Cr.
  • EER 8820 - Multivariate Analysis 4 Cr.
  • EER 8840 - Structural Equations 4 Cr.
  • EER 8860 - Nonparametric, Permutation, Exact, and Robust Methods 4 Cr.
  • EER 8880 - Monte Carlo Methods 1 Cr.
  • EER 8992 - Research and Experimental Design 3 Cr.

Total Credits in Quantitative Track: 21 Cr.

Qualitative Track

Current Qualitative track courses, concluding Summer 2018.

  • EER 7870 - Fundamentals of Qualitative Research 3 Cr.
  • EER 7880 - Fundamentals of Ethnographic Research 3 Cr.
  • EER 8700 - Advanced Qualitative Evaluation: Theory and Practice 4 Cr.
  • EER 8710 - Advanced Ethnographic Research 4 Cr.
  • EER 8900 - Qualitative Design for School Research 3 Cr.
  • EER 8910 - Practicum in Evaluation 5 Cr.

Total Credits in Qualitative Track: 21 Cr.

 Qualitative track courses, effective Fall 2018.

  • EER 7870 - Qualitative Research 1: Introduction 3 Cr.
  • EER 8520 - Qualitative Research 2: Design and Data Collection 3 Cr.
  • EER 8530 - Qualitative Research 3: Data Analysis and Reporting 3 Cr.
  • EER 7910 - Qualitative Methods for Diversity and Inclusion 3 Cr.
  • EER 7920 - Qualitative Methods for Community and Classroom Research 3 Cr.
  • EER 8550 - Advanced Qualitative Inquiry: innovations in Theory 3 Cr.
  • EER 8560 - Advanced Qualitative Inquiry: Innovations in Practice 3 Cr.

Total Credits in Qualitative Track: 21 Cr.