Ph.D. Program

The EER Ph.D. is a typical research-based doctoral degree. It provides essential coursework and other learning experiences that will prepare students to publish in top tier engineering education and education journals, compete for federal grants and contracts, and enter into multiple career paths. Students who are admitted to the EER Ph.D. program will be assigned an EER faculty advisor, who is a member of the EER core faculty, or two EER faculty co-advisors (one of whom must be a member of the EER core faculty). The EER faculty advisor is intended to serve as the primary academic and research advisor.

Course and Credit Requirements for EER Ph.D.

Category# courses# credits
Engineering Education Core (EER 601 and EER 602)26
Research Methods Core412 to 20
Specialization Electives3 or moreUp to 15
Immersive Learning Experience (EER 610)13

May include up to 6 credits of EER 690: Graduate Independent/Directed Studies and up to 3 credits of EER 598: Special Topics in EER.

A grade of B- or better is required for a course to count for credit towards the degree. The curriculum includes an M.S. degree in EER (30 credits) typically awarded within the first two years.

EER Courses

  • EER 601: Foundations of Engineering Education Research (3 credits, to be offered once each year)
  • EER 602: Introduction to Theoretical Frameworks (3 credits, to be offered once each year)
  • EER 610: Immersive Learning Experience (3 credits)
  • Research methods core: 4 courses
  • Specialization electives: 3 or more courses

For the full list of EER courses, please visit the EER Courses website.