PhD Secondary Specializations
All students in the PhD in Education and Human Development program in the School of Education at George Mason University are required to have a secondary specialization area of scholarship in addition to a major or professional specialization area of study in education.
The purpose of the PhD secondary specialization requirement is to ensure that each student has adequate exposure to the concepts and research methods of a specialty or a coherent interdisciplinary field of study which is relevant to the field of specialization in education.
Students generally achieve the goals of the secondary specialization area of scholarship in one of the following ways:
- primary PhD program specializations. However, the secondary specialization must be in a different program area than the student's primary area of study. The course requirements for these secondary specialization areas are established by program area committees and monitored by individual faculty members. A faculty member in the designated program area serves on the student’s advisory committee as the student's secondary specialization area adviser.