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PhD in Workforce Education

Delve into the field of workforce education in preparation for careers requiring research, scholarship, and policy development. You will explore issues in workforce education, pursue a related minor, learn research methodology, and complete a dissertation.

You may choose from among the following areas of emphasis:

  • Business education
  • Family and consumer science education
  • Healthcare education
  • Marketing education
  • Technology education
  • Trade and industrial education


  1. Requires at least two consecutive semesters of full-time on-campus study
  2. Coursework can be completed over as many as six years, with the dissertation extending even further
  3. Includes a functional minor as well as major areas of study
  4. A select number of graduate assistantships are available
  5. Enrollment takes place each Spring and Fall


Pursue advanced studies in workforce education and a related minor before delving into the intensive research and work of completing an original dissertation. Expect to spend about three years on campus, with at least two consecutive full-time semesters, though coursework can be spread over as many as six years.

Work with a faculty advisor to design a course of study appropriate to your dissertation topic, including core coursework, electives, and quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

You will take a minimum of 61 hours of coursework, including:

  • 9 hours of core workforce education courses
  • 9 hours of workforce education electives
  • 18 hours of educational research courses
  • 12 hours of courses exploring a supporting area of career and technical education study
  • 13 hours of dissertation coursework

Our respected faculty will help prepare you for careers conducting and directing research and formulating policy at universities and colleges, state education departments, educational research centers, and government agencies.

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Our Faculty

Our nationally recognized faculty will work with you to customize your degree program. Learn more about our faculty and their expertise.

Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in this field can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal .

How to Apply

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia. For this program, you will first apply to the UGA Graduate School, then you will apply for admission to the PhD in Workforce Education.

The Graduate School website contains details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

The GRE is required for all doctoral applicants. Please send recent official entrance test scores (less than five years old) to the graduate school. UGA institutional code for ETS reporting is 5813. International applicants, please check the Graduate School website’s list for your Country-Specific Academic Credentials and Requirements, as you may need to also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

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Deadline To Apply

  • Fall – March 15
  • Spring – October 15

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Faculty and Advisors

The College’s programs are taught by dedicated faculty who are experts in a range of areas and are passionate about helping students succeed both in their programs and professionally.

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Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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