Social Studies Education (PhD)

Degree: Doctoral Degrees

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The Social Studies Education Program offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree that provides advanced training for individuals who wish to focus their careers primarily in higher education working to advance the development of theory and research on the teaching and learning in social studies education.


College of Education
Aderhold Hall
Athens, GA 30602-7101
Phone: 706/542-6446

Academic Department

Educational Theory and Practice
Aderhold Hall
Athens, GA 30602-7177
Phone: 706/542-4244


Graduate Coordinator

Jennifer H. James


The Ph.D. program is designed to develop abilities for research in social studies education, gaining depth and breadth of knowledge in social studies education and related fields, and preparing for intellectual leadership in social studies education. Programs of study are flexible and structured around a core group of social studies education doctoral seminars and advanced research courses. Candidates complete and defend dissertations representing original scholarship in social studies education. The entrance requirements minimums are a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, a 3.5 graduate GPA, a combined GRE score of 1100, and an analytical writing score of 4.5. International applicants must submit a combined IBT TOEFL of at least 80 (a minimum of 20 on the speak and write), or a CBT minimum score of 213, or a paper-based minimum score of 550. For full consideration, applications should be received by March 1 to begin in Summer or Fall semesters and by October 1 to begin in the Spring seme



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