Joint Ph.D Educational studies

2 in-person classes and each class is only 1 month (July, annually) in duration. The remaining required courses are online/independent study.
Courses are taught and doctoral committees are formed from the highly qualified faculty from the partner universities of Brock, Lakehead and Windsor.
Become an expert in one of the following Fields of Study Cognition and Learning Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Social/Cultural/Political Contexts of Education

Program Overview & Highlights

The Joint PhD in Educational Studies is offered by Lakehead University, the University of Windsor and Brock University.  In bringing together a high number of qualified faculty with a broad spectrum of expertise and research interests, the program provides enhanced opportunities for depth and breadth in supervisory expertise. As well, it provides opportunities in generating new knowledge and directions in research. With a focus on nurturing students as developing scholars and leaders we promote professional development through collaboration fostering links between schools and universities, and promote partnerships locally, nationally, and internationally.

Cognition and Learning

Critically examines the cognitive, behavioural, social-emotional, and cultural processes of educators and students by drawing upon psychology, philosophy, sociology, sciences, and other disciplines.

Admission Requirements

For students in Canada

Applicants must provide evidence of research competence usually demonstrated by the
completion of a Master’s thesis. Students who have not completed a thesis must submit evidence of equivalent research capability.

English is the primary language of communication and instruction in the program. Applicants
from other countries who have not completed a degree at a university where the primary language of instruction is English must demonstrate proficiency in English to be considered for admission.

This can be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  • A minimum score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS),
    with no individual sub-category score less than 6.5.
  • 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.
  • A minimum score of 60 (Brock & Lakehead University) and 70 (University of Windsor) on
    the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) examination.

In some cases, home university regulations require the Test of English as a Foreign Language
(TOEFL) for students with degrees from overseas universities, even where the language of
instruction is English. Please check the home university websites for specific requirements. Please consult the Office of the Secretariat to submit an equivalent demonstration of proficiency.

Application to the program is considered complete when the following items are submitted.

  • The online application form.
  • Uploaded transcripts (considered unofficial) of all degrees obtained; however, if the applicant is admitted, they must submit one official copy of all final official transcripts and proof of degree. In progress transcripts are acceptable at the time of application.
  • Two academic references.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • Evidence of research competence (if applicable).
  • A research plan
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency (iBT) (if applicable);
  • The application fee ($125.00).

For more information please review the following links:

Tuition and Funding , Handbook , International Students

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Explores the ethical, social, cultural, philosophical, and historical aspects of educational policy, leadership, and organizations.

Admission Requirements

For students in Canada

Applicants must provide evidence of research competence usually demonstrated by the
completion of a Master’s thesis. Students who have not completed a thesis must submit evidence of equivalent research capability.

English is the primary language of communication and instruction in the program. Applicants
from other countries who have not completed a degree at a university where the primary language of instruction is English must demonstrate proficiency in English to be considered for admission.

This can be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  • A minimum score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS),
    with no individual sub-category score less than 6.5.
  • 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.
  • A minimum score of 60 (Brock & Lakehead University) and 70 (University of Windsor) on
    the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) examination.

In some cases, home university regulations require the Test of English as a Foreign Language
(TOEFL) for students with degrees from overseas universities, even where the language of
instruction is English. Please check the home university websites for specific requirements. Please consult the Office of the Secretariat to submit an equivalent demonstration of proficiency.

Application to the program is considered complete when the following items are submitted.

  • The online application form.
  • Uploaded transcripts (considered unofficial) of all degrees obtained; however, if the applicant is admitted, they must submit one official copy of all final official transcripts and proof of degree. In progress transcripts are acceptable at the time of application.
  • Two academic references.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • Evidence of research competence (if applicable).
  • A research plan
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency (iBT) (if applicable);
  • The application fee ($125.00).

For more information please review the following links:

Tuition and Funding , Handbook , International Students

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

Social/Cultural/Political Contexts of Education

Draws upon the humanities, sociology, cultural studies, anthropology, history, politics, and arts in relation to education.

Admission Requirements

For students in Canada

Applicants must provide evidence of research competence usually demonstrated by the
completion of a Master’s thesis. Students who have not completed a thesis must submit evidence of equivalent research capability.

English is the primary language of communication and instruction in the program. Applicants
from other countries who have not completed a degree at a university where the primary language of instruction is English must demonstrate proficiency in English to be considered for admission.

This can be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  • A minimum score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS),
    with no individual sub-category score less than 6.5.
  • 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.
  • A minimum score of 60 (Brock & Lakehead University) and 70 (University of Windsor) on
    the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) examination.

In some cases, home university regulations require the Test of English as a Foreign Language
(TOEFL) for students with degrees from overseas universities, even where the language of
instruction is English. Please check the home university websites for specific requirements. Please consult the Office of the Secretariat to submit an equivalent demonstration of proficiency.

Application to the program is considered complete when the following items are submitted.

  • The online application form.
  • Uploaded transcripts (considered unofficial) of all degrees obtained; however, if the applicant is admitted, they must submit one official copy of all final official transcripts and proof of degree. In progress transcripts are acceptable at the time of application.
  • Two academic references.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • Evidence of research competence (if applicable).
  • A research plan
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency (iBT) (if applicable);
  • The application fee ($125.00).

For more information please review the following links:

Tuition and Funding , Handbook , International Students

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

What Will I Learn?

  • Critically examine the cognitive, behavioural, social-emotional, and cultural processes of educators and students by drawing upon psychology, philosophy, sociology, sciences, and other disciplines.
  • Explore the ethical, social, cultural, philosophical, and historical aspects of educational policy, leadership, and organizations.
  • Draw upon the humanities, sociology, cultural studies, anthropology, history, politics, and arts in relation to education.

Explore Your Opportunites

Individualized plan of study
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Comprehensive portfolio - an innovative personalized approach to comprehensive examinations
Unique opportunities for collaboration and networking

Testimonials

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

As a mature student returning to academia after 24 years with a professional career as a registered social worker, I have found the joint PhD program to be welcoming for students with diverse backgrounds and experience. I have been able to focus my research to my interest both professionally, personally, and academically. The support I have received from my supervisor, professors and colleagues from all three universities has been invaluable.

Jennifer Cordeiro

Current Student - Joint PhD

The Joint PhD program in Educational Studies offers a unique opportunity to study at three Ontario universities. This collaboration enriches the student experience. Throughout my doctoral journey, I benefited from the support of diverse perspectives from faculty and classmates from the University of Windsor, Brock, and Lakehead. The program combines flexibility and academic rigour, as you transform into an educational researcher.

John Freer

2020 Alumni, Joint PhD

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