Our PhD in Education aims to produce educational researchers who are rigorously trained in high-quality, high-impact research work that can help shape education policy, as well as design interventions to improve educational practice in the country.

About the Program

With its research emphasis, this doctoral program in education is designed to equip students with the competences essential to conducting cutting-edge interdisciplinary research intended to inform and impact education practice and policy. Students are offered both scholarly supervision and personal mentoring in the entirety of the program so that not only are they equipped with an in-depth understanding of current educational trends and issues, but they are also provided with the expertise needed in an array of quantitative and qualitative methods they will need to do solid high-impact research.

This PhD research track only has 24 units of coursework to enable students to focus on their doctoral thesis, expected at the end of the program to provide an opportunity not only to showcase their mastery, but more importantly to make a substantial contribution to the field of education in general and Philippine education in particular.

Program Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program, the student is expected to be able to demonstrate the following competences:

  • Demonstrates an in-depth and systematic understanding of the major and complex issues and debates at the frontier of the field of education and at its interfaces with other disciplines
  • Leads the conduct of scholarly, original, and complex research that demonstrates advanced competence in addressing critical educational issues and problems, including the capability to synthesize–and build on–the most current educational theories, principles, and practices
  • Exhibits scholarly and professional integrity, autonomy, and authority as manifested in one’s commitment to develop novel theories and practices at the frontiers of the discipline


Foundation Courses (9 Units)

  • EDUC 303 Critical Inquiry And Reflection In Educational Theory And Practice
  • EDUC 393 Methods of Inquiry 1: Quantitative Approach to Investigation
  • EDUC 394 Methods of Inquiry 2: Qualitative Approach to Investigation

Available Electives (15 Units)

  • EDUC 315 Personal Staff Formation and Professional Development in Catholic Schools
  • EDUC 316 Catholic Educational Leadership: Shepherding School Identity and Culture
  • EDUC 322 The Philippine Government and Schools
  • EDUC 327 Learning and Leadership in the 21st Century
  • EDUC 343 Comparative Perspectives in Curriculum and Instruction
  • EDUC 351 Learning Environments and Design
  • EDUC 392 Conceptualizing Scholarly Research and Reflective Practice

Comprehensive Examination (0 unit)

Dissertation (12 units)

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the PhD in Education program are accepted year-round. Applicants should have a Master of Arts degree in Education and are required to submit the following:

  • Clear research thrust
  • List of Research Publications (abstract)
  • Accomplished Application Form
  • Official Transcript of Records (for both undergraduate and master’s degrees)
  • Referral letters from at least three (3) former professors      
  • two (2) recent ID photos

Aside from the above, international applicants are required to submit any of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): overall score of at least 80 for Internet-based test (IBT) and 550 for Paper-based test (PBT). *
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): at least a band of 6.5 *
  • Cambridge Assessment English: at least an overall score of 176 *

            * Test scores cannot be older than two years.

Applicants should pass the graduate school entrance examination which is administered by the Bulatao Center.

Please email us at gbseald@ateneo.edu for other queries about our doctoral programs.

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