Joint Ph.D Educational studies

Program Overview & Highlights

Enhance your professional career possibilities and apply now to the Joint PhD in Educational Studies. You will have the unique opportunity to learn from and conduct original research with world-class faculty from the University of Windsor, Brock University, and Lakehead University. This renowned program is designed to develop scholars and nurture the next leaders in education through collaboration and partnerships locally, nationally, and internationally.

Admission Requirements

Thank you for your interest in the Joint PhD in Educational Studies Program.

Information on typical minimum academic requirements for admission to the Joint PhD in Educational Studies Program are included below:

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree followed by a Master’s degree in education with A standing
  • A graduate degree in another discipline:
    • May be considered if academic suitability can be demonstrated
    • May be required to take additional course work, either prior to entry into the program or concurrent with program course work
  • Research competence is demonstrated by the completion of Master’s thesis
    • Equivalent evidence of research capacity is required if a thesis has not been completed

Applicants are required to have a confirmed supervisor at the time of application to home university choice of Brock University, Lakehead University or the University of Windsor.

English is the primary language of communication and instruction in the program. Applicants who have not completed a degree at a university in a country where the primary language of instruction is English and where English is not the official language must demonstrate proficiency in English to be considered for admission. Other restrictions via Home Universities may apply, please see the Program Handbook for more information.

This can be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  1. A minimum score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no individual sub-category score less than 6.5
  2. A minimum score of 100 on the Internet Based Test (iBT) version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), including a minimum score of 27 in the Written component and a minimum score of 27 in the Reading component.
  3. A minimum score of 60 (Brock & Lakehead Universities) and 70 (University of Windsor) on the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) examination

Fields of Specialization

Program Description

  • Critically examines the cognitive, behavioral, social-emotional, and cultural processes of educators and students by drawing upon psychology, philosophy, sociology, sciences, and other disciplines.
  • Integral components of the field include:
    • contemporary and inclusive instruction
    • wellness
    • assessment and evaluation
    • professional development
    • curriculum development and implementation
    • metacognition and executive function
    • learning theories

Program Description

  • Encompasses four broad content areas: policy, organizational theory, leadership, and change.
  • Explores the ethical, social, cultural, philosophical, and historical aspects of educational policy, leadership, and organizations.
  • Draws upon the theoretical and methodological frameworks that situate the major issues, challenging institutional and community educational systems and practices within their larger socio-political, socio-cultural, and curricular contexts.

Program Description

  • Draws upon the humanities, sociology, cultural studies, anthropology, history, politics, and arts in relation to education.
  • Goal is to foster emancipatory research and democratic practice in institutional and community settings.
  • Consideration is given to, but not limited to, social constructs of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability/disability, and how they intersect with and influence educational experience and practice.

Why Joint PhD?

  • Flexible course delivery options for your convenience: there are two month-long in-person classes and remaining required courses are online or independant study
  • Individualized plan of study  that includes a comprehensive portfolio
  • The unique opportunity to learn form and work with world-class faculty in three universities
  • Conduct important research that has an impact in the fields of Cognition & Learning, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, and Social / Cultural / Political Contexts of Education


My experience... has been transformative, marked by rigorous coursework, research and publication opportunities, and the supportive mentorship of faculty. The most impactful experience during my time at the University of Windsor was the opportunity to meet and collaborate with colleagues and students from across the province and Canada through the doctoral seminar courses held at Brock University and the University of Windsor.


Current Student - Joint PhD
Starting the Joint PhD program in Educational Studies at the University of Windsor is the best decision I have ever made in my life. Each coursework in the program has provided me with essential knowledge, theories, and skills that pave my way for my dissertation. After nearly two years in the program, I have grown from a novice international graduate student to a confident emerging scholar in terms of mental strength, academic achievements, research skill enhancement, and professional skill development. I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to study with/from my supervisor, professors, and friends.

Thu Le

Current Student - Joint PhD
I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Joint Ph.D. in Educational Studies Program and my journey so far in this program has been incredibly fulfilling. The Joint Ph.D. in Educational Studies Program provides me with valuable opportunities for academic growth and personal reflection. To be reflected and included in the various dimensions of this program strengthens my heart with every step I take towards my scholarly expedition.

Rakha Zabin

Current Student - Joint PhD

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