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PhD in Research Methodology
- Prepare for a career in conducting and evaluating research in education or private industry.
- Receive training in qualitative methodology.
- Receive training in quantitative methodology, including applied statistics and psychometrics.
- Gain experience providing consulting service through fieldwork component.
- Learn from faculty who are leaders in their fields.
- Evaluate critically bodies of knowledge in research methodologies from a variety of methodological traditions.
- Select and apply appropriate methodologies to address research questions.
- Conduct all stages of a research study in applied settings.
- Engage in ethical, just, and culturally competent research practices.
- Launch careers as institutional researchers, college professors or researchers in such areas as large professional organizations, testing companies and consulting agencies providing educational evaluation services.
Required Courses (18 semester hours)
- RMTD 420: Educational Research I: Building a Body of Evidence Using Qualitative Methods
- RMTD 421: Educational Research II: Building a Body of Evidence Using Quantitative Methods OR
RMTD 482: Introduction to Linear Models
- RMTD 403: Design of Survey Research
- RMTD 406: Educational Evaluation
- RMTD 483: Multivariate Statistics
- RMTD 470: Case Study Research Methodology
Minor Research Area (9 semester hours)
Courses must be taken in a substantive area of interest, with approval from the student's advisor.
Electives (33 semester hours)
Students can choose from offerings within or outside of the program with the approval of the advisor.
Completion of the PhD degree program requires 60 semester hours of graduate credit, the completion of a research portfolio, and a dissertation. Students are expected to participate in conducting a research study and providing consulting assistance. Up to 30 semester hours may be accepted for previously completed work.
Length of Program: Students typically take up to two or three courses each term and up to two courses during the summer. Completion time for the dissertation depends on the topic selected and the diligence of the student. Time for degree completion, including the dissertation, is typically five years.
Curriculum Plan: Completion of the Ph.D. degree program requires 60 semester hours of graduate credit, the completion of a research portfolio, and a dissertation. In addition, all students participate in a consulting experience. Students are expected to participate in conducting a research study and providing consulting assistance. Up to 30 semester hours may be accepted for previously completed work.
Continuous Enrollments: Doctoral students in Research Methodology are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must do one of the following:
- Enroll in one of the following:
- At least one course OR
- RMTD 610 - Doctoral Studies (maximum enrollment two semesters) OR
- CIEP 600 - Dissertation Supervision
- A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the Graduate School’s Associate Dean.
Comprehensive Assessment: A Comprehensive Research Portfolio is required. Directions (PDF)
Dissertation: A dissertation, as well as an oral defense of the dissertation, is required. Please see the Forms page for related documents.
Degree Conferral: While the commencement ceremony is every May, degrees can be conferred May, August, and December. Students must apply for graduation/degree conferral. Students should apply for graduation in the semester they anticipate completing all degree requirements. Failure to meet application deadlines may result in a delay of the conferral of the degree to the following semester. Applications for Degree Conferral are due:
- August 1 for December conferral
- December 1 for May conferral
- February 1 for August conferral
Please note the degree conferral application is valid for only one semester. If the degree is not conferred for the semester requested, a new application is required for a subsequent semester.
Fall Application Deadline: December 1
A Completed Application Form
You may submit your application form online.
Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and any graduate work. To be eligible for admission, your transcript must show an earned bachelor's degree or a bachelor’s degree in progress. Certified copies of transcripts are acceptable; faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official. If you attended Loyola University Chicago previously, you do not need to request transcripts; we have them on record.
Transcripts must show a GPA of at least a 3.0. In exceptional cases, applicants whose undergraduate GPA is below 3.0 may be admitted. Each program area gives meaningful consideration to the applicant's graduate GPA, GRE scores, recommendations, professional experience and reasons for pursuing a graduate program, as well as to the diversity of the student body.
Three Letters of Recommendation
If you supply your recommender’s email address as part of your completed online application form, then your recommendation letters may be submitted online. Or, your recommenders may choose to mail them to:
Graduate & Professional Enrollment Management
820 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
We ask that you submit only three letters, no more, no less. Recommenders may be academic or professional in nature.
A Personal Statement
Your statement should be 1-3 pages, and you should describe your:
- Academic and research interests, including faculty members that align with your interests.
- Your professional goals and aspirations
- Your views of social justice in relation to your academic/research interests and your professional goals
Standardized Test Scores
Applicants must submit general GRE scores. Loyola’s GRE institution code is 1412.
Interested applicants may contact faculty members during the application process to discuss the alignment of the program with their professional goals. Prior to admitting students, faculty do interview some applicants.
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For additional information on billing, payment, and policies, please visit the Office of the Bursar. For information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities, visit Loyola's Financial Aid Office and Financial Assistance through the School of Education.
Social justice is a prominent theme in the research and service activities of award-winning faculty and students of the School of Education. Faculty endeavor to engage in research which makes a difference in the lives of children and youth, families, communities, schools, and agencies in local and international contexts. A high number of the external funding proposals and awards involve projects that have as their core value, impacting the environment in which underserved and underrepresented youth live and learn in order to help them be successful learners.
Faculty research focuses on a wide variety of topics, from promoting the educational experiences and well-being of children and youth of color, college readiness and college access, leadership, immigration, English language learners, career development, civic engagement, and educational policy. Much of research is conducted with the SOE's community partners.
As a result of the scholarship and research interests of SOE faculty, student candidates at all levels are enriched with opportunities to participate on faculty research teams in furthering the mission of social justice. The majority of these opportunities are in the culturally and ethnically diverse schools and neighborhoods of the City of Chicago.
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