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

Total Credits in Core Courses: 10 Cr.

Quantitative Track

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

Total Credits in Quantitative Track: 21 Cr.

Qualitative Track

Current Qualitative track courses, concluding Summer 2018.

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

Total Credits in Qualitative Track: 21 Cr.

 Qualitative track courses, effective Fall 2018.

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

Total Credits in Qualitative Track: 21 Cr.