Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

PhD in Cultural & Educational Policy Studies


The PhD in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies, conferred by The Graduate School, is designed to prepare students for research and teaching at the university-level or in research-oriented organizations. The PhD degree program is offered in each of the following areas of concentration: Comparative and international education, history of education, sociology of education, and philosophy of education.

Program benefits

  • Examine education policy and practice through a multidisciplinary approach, with an overarching emphasis on social justice.
  • Work with faculty members who are accomplished teachers, education researchers and prominent in their respective fields of specialization.
  • Learn to conduct original research that can inform educational policy and practice.

Program outcomes

  • Apply disciplinary (humanities, social science) perspectives to issues and questions in educational policy and practice.
  • Possess an independent and specific area of expertise.
  • Critically assess the methodological, epistemological and ethical foundations of research.
  • Recognize education’s cultural dimensions and leverage cultural analyses in their work to improve educational experiences and institutions.
  • Bring educational research to bear on forming and implementing educational policy and practice.

Explore the program

The Cultural and Educational Policy Studies Program Distinguished Alumnus/a Award is given for outstanding contributions to the profession and the school. It is presented annually at the Loyola School of Education’s Fall Alumni Reception.