The Doctoral Program in Education Policy at the University of Arkansas

The Doctoral Program in Education Policy at the University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville is unique in offering an interdisciplinary doctoral program in education policy that features the careful study of contemporary education reforms.  Students spend 4-5 years learning about various education policies — including those aimed at improving teacher quality, school and financial accountability, the leadership of schools, and school choice — and acquiring the research tools to study such interventions rigorously.  Students work closely with prominent social scientists on major research projects of state, national and international importance.

Every student admitted to the doctoral program is provided with financial support, renewable for up to four years, that includes free tuition/fees as well as a stipend of more than $23,000 or $35,000 per year, depending on the applicant’s qualifications.  All 11 students from the first two program cohorts (2009 and 2010) have been successfully placed in professional positions that they sought at universities, philanthropies, think tanks, or state government.  Most graduate students succeed in publishing scientific journal articles or book chapters prior to obtaining their doctorates and are regularly invited to present research at prominent professional conferences.

For more information contact Professor Patrick J. Wolf, Director of Graduate Studies, at or Dr. Dirk C. van Raemdonck, Graduate Coordinator, at  Additional details are available on the program website at:


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