Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)

Join our inclusive research community of education experts. Our PhD program works on a mentorship model where new scholars work closely with established experts and collaborative research groups. Coursework is completed under the supervision of leading experts across the education spectrum. Our PhD graduates contribute innovative work transforming theory, policy and practice. We offer competitive funding packages and opportunities for our PhD students to be teaching or research fellows, as well as research or teaching assistants. 

What to Expect

  • Our Program Structure: Enroll in our full-time, four-year, on-campus program with three terms per year. You will take courses for the first year, then complete two comprehensive examinations before beginning your dissertation.
  • Funding: All of our PhD students are provided with a minimum funding package of $18,000 per year, with average funding of $25,000 per year including additional teaching opportunities and research assistantships. We also offer additional support for conference travel if presenting.
  • Quality Supervision and Support: Before you apply, you will identify a supervisor for your program, who will support your studies and research throughout the program.
  • Concentrate Your Studies: We offer specialized programs related to core areas of education. You will identify your field of study when you apply.
  • Small Classes: Our courses are seminar style, small, and consist of 36 instructional hours. To view our courses, visit the School of Graduate Studies calendar.
  • Gain Teaching and Research Experience: Many of our graduate students have the opportunity to teach within our Bachelor of Education programs and gain experience and funding in the process.
  • Join an Active Research Community: As part of your PhD, you will be immersed within an active research community with opportunities to work in research groups and attend academic conferences (some funding for conferences provided). 

Research Expertise

Our faculty brings together diverse perspectives on education and foster multidisciplinary expertise in the following areas:

  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Early Childhood Education
  • History and Philosophy of Education
  • Language and Literacy
  • Leadership and Policy Studies
  • Math, Science and Technology in Education
  • Social Justice and Inclusion
  • Special Education

Our Supervisors

Our supervisors are full-time faculty members and researchers, who conduct exemplary research in education, and are here to help you during your doctorate studies and research. 

Funding Packages

The minimum guaranteed funding package for eligible full-time PhD students is $18,000 per year, with most students receiving additional funded opportunities. It is important to note that you must apply for all major external and internal scholarships (where appropriate) for which you are eligible in order to qualify for the minimum guarantee. Any external awards received will be applied to funding offers (i.e., the external award is not on top of the original $18,000 minimum guarantee); however, funding offers overall for students with external awards are likely to be higher than those who do not receive them.

Normally, if students apply for and successfully obtain a Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Teaching and/or Research Assistantship the average funding for eligible PhD students is approximately $25,000 per year.

Our Research Community

Queen’s University has an active and vibrant research community. Our students report a high level of satisfaction with their student experience. Our Faculty brings together diverse perspectives on education, fostering multidisciplinary expertise and an active collaborative research community. Our research leads to new knowledge and understandings about teaching and learning, and progressive changes in educational policies and practices. As a researcher at Queen’s, you will have opportunities to engage in outreach initiatives in the community and in local, national and international partnerships.

Build Professional Experience

The majority of our graduate students have an opportunity to work as a Graduate Teaching Fellow, Teaching Assistant and/or a Research Assistant, providing excellent opportunities for career development during their graduate studies.

You will also have the opportunity to complete an optional professional internship as part of your degree. The internship opportunity, which normally takes place outside the university campus, will provide you with an authentic work experience opportunity and experiential learning. The internships can be in a variety of research, teaching or professional contexts to provide you with practical learning that directly relates to your program of study.

We also encourage our graduate students to build their professional networks by engaging with the larger academic community by presenting work at conferences such as the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Some funding for conference travel is provided.

CGS and SSHRC Recipients

CGS and SSHRC Recipients 2020

Congratulations to our 2020-21 CGS & SSHRC Recipients.

Application Deadline and Start Dates

Completed applications (including submission of transcripts, references, CV and research proposal form) are due by January 15, 2021.  Late applications are not normally considered.  Our program begins in September of each year.

See How to Apply: Doctor of Philosophy in Education.

Admission Requirements

  • Successful completion of a Master's degree in Education or equivalent advanced-level credential with first class standing (A- or 80% or higher) at a recognized university
  • Professional experience in education or a related field is an asset
  • Applicants are required to submit a brief research proposal (one to two pages maximum)
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to identify and contact a potential supervisor who has expressed a willingness to supervise their work if they apply for admission and receive an offer of admission

For additional information on language requirements and how to apply, please see queensu.ca/sgs/prospective-students/how-apply.

Contact Us

Do you have any questions or need more information? Contact our office:

Graduate Studies and Research Office
Room A106
Tel (613) 533-6206

My PhD at Queen's Education shaped who I am today

Student Experiences: My PhD at Queen's Education shaped who I am today

PhD student, Suparna Roy, talks about her research and experience in the Faculty of Education's Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD) program.