PhD Program

Education (PhD)

The PhD in Education is a mentored program. Once admitted, each student is assigned an accredited supervisor who will work closely with them throughout the program.

The PhD in Education is designed to prepare educational leaders with knowledge and expertise in educational theory and practice, and more specialized knowledge in one of the following areas:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Leadership
  • Educational Psychology
  • Adult Education

The PhD is awarded in recognition of the highest degree of creative scholarship and research in a specific field of study. The recipient of this degree must have demonstrated proficiency in a broad area of learning, the ability to critically evaluate work in the field, and high scholarly attainment.

Successful applicants must have excellent grades in previous academic work, which must include a Master’s degree, demonstrated research ability, and interests for which a suitable doctoral supervisor is available. Admission is selective.

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Program: Doctor of Philosophy in Education
Length: 5 years
Offered Through: University of Regina
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Why Study Education at the University of Regina?

Graduates are prepared to become researchers, contribute to scholarly processes and obtain academic employment in post-secondary institutions.

Students who hold a Saskatchewan Professional “A” Teachers Certificate and an approved degree may be eligible to use this degree to reclassify with their respective board of education.

Education Frequently Asked Questions

What are the admission requirements?

Successful applicants must have excellent grades in previous academic work, which must include a Master’s degree, demonstrated research ability, and interests for which a suitable doctoral supervisor is available. Applicants are asked to submit a CV that provides the details of at least two years of relevant professional experience, recommendations from one professional referee and one academic referee, and a letter of intent which outlines the applicant’s research interests and professional goals and a career resume. Admission is selective.

For more information about admission requirements, refer to the graduate calendar.

What are some of the courses that doctoral Education students take?

ED 910 Advanced Studies in Educational Research

The course will provide students with advanced knowledge and understanding of the philosophical backgrounds and methods common to many types of education research. Students will engage in critical appraisal of methods of inquiry, participate in focused discussions of theoretical and methodological research issues and construct a small-scale research project.

ED 920 Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Education

This course is intended to prepare doctoral students for their comprehensive examinations by broadening understanding of issues related to the changing context of education. It also provides an opportunity for students to explore issues that relate to their areas of research interest.

ED 925 Issues in Epistemological Foundations of Education

Many issues addressed by educators today require an increasingly careful analysis and grounding in foundational perspectives. This class explores such perspectives with particular emphases on epistemological and cultural-historical themes that will enable students to understand and deal with educational situations and decisions more effectively.

Can I transfer into this program?

Potential doctoral students from other universities or degree programs may be eligible to transfer a maximum of two courses (up to 40 per cent of the course work). Transfer credit may be awarded when a student has successfully completed graduate-level coursework at the University of Regina (while registered in a different program) or at another accredited institution of higher education either during or prior to starting their program at University of Regina. Transfer credit is only considered for courses (not for thesis, project, or practicum work) that are relevant to the degree program, achieved a grade of 70 per cent or more, and are still current for the program of study.

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes! Once you have been accepted as a fully-qualified graduate student with no conditions or holds on your admission, then you are eligible to apply for our scholarships, awards, and graduate teaching assistant positions.

Students with first-class academic records and outstanding research programs may also be eligible to apply for national awards such as the SSHRC Masters Awards.


  • Darlene Ware and Joan Helmsing Graduate Scholarship
  • Delta Kappa Gamma Graduate Women in Education
  • Indigenous Graduate Students in Education Scholarship
  • Mary Cronin Literacy Scholarship
  • Gordon Nordvall Scholarship in Science and Environmental Education

Apply for these scholarships and more by visiting our Graduate Awards Portal (GAP), the U of R online graduate scholarship application system.

All Graduate Funding Opportunities

Visit our Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website to learn about all graduate funding opportunities including:

  • National Scholarships (including Tri Council funding)
  • Awards to Study Abroad
  • FGSR Funding/Special Awards
  • Funding for Indigenous Students
  • Funding for International Students
  • Other Awards and Scholarships
  • External Scholarship Opportunities
  • External Student and Faculty Awards
What clubs, campus events, and networking opportunities can students participate in as part of this program?
  • Education Career Expo
  • Faculty of Education Graduate Student Boot camp
  • Faculty of Education Graduate Research Symposium
  • Graduate Student Development Conference
  • Indigenous Research Showcase
  • University of Regina Careers Day
  • Volunteer Fair

What Can You Do With a Doctor of Philosophy in Education?

Upon successfully completing your doctoral degree, you will be ready for the next step of your career. The jobs our graduates go on to include:
  • University professor
  • Research administrator
  • Program director
  • Course developer
  • Curriculum developer
  • Education administrator
  • Training and development manager
  • Education consultant (to government or industry)
  • Principal/vice principal
  • Superintendent

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