School of Education - George Mason University

Education, PhD Specialization in Research Methodology

The Research Methodology PhD specialization provides theoretical and practical knowledge and applied skills for research design and methods including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method research.

Students in the specialization develop skills in data analytic methods and will be able to apply those skills to real world settings and pressing issues in education.

Research Methodology Specialization - PhD in Education, Degree Requirements

General Culture (3 credits)

  • EDUC 800: Ways of Knowing (3 credit hours) ( OR EFHP860. EFHP 860 is for Kinesiology concentration students only. Other students should select EDUC 800. Course should be taken 1st semester.)

Research Methods (15 credits)

Professional Specialization (24 credits)

Students in the Research Methods specialization take 24 additional credits beyond the Core Research Methods courses required by the PhD in Education program.

Required Courses (6 credits)

Electives (18 credits)

  • Other Research Methods Courses offered in the CEHD or other GMU departments with permission from the program advisory committee.

Secondary Emphasis (12 credits)

Students have a number of options for secondary concentrations including concentrations within the Graduate School of Education, within other George Mason University departments, interdisciplinary concentrations, or using the master's degree as part of the secondary concentration requirements.

Dissertation (12 credits)


Students complete an educational portfolio as part of the requirement of the Ph.D. program. The portfolio is an organized, selective collection of documents designed to facilitate a student's academic and professional development, and to provide a basis for evaluation of degree progress. The portfolio represents the scope and depth of a student's goals, plans, and accomplishments in coursework, independent study, research, internships, and other advanced learning activities. The portfolio thus provides both a vehicle for self-reflection and a comprehensive record of a doctoral student's experiences and ongoing progress toward academic and professional goals.

Contact the Ph.D. Program for additional information.

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