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If you have a deep interest in the methodological, theoretical, and ethical procedures and challenges inherent to social science research and evaluation, this is a program for you. Our students contribute to the methodological and theoretical development of qualitative research and program evaluation.

Our program prepares research methodologists to study and develop theories and methods for conducting empirical and conceptual social science research and evaluation in education and other social science fields. Specifically, this program develops scholars and methodologists who are prepared to contribute to the advancement of innovative theories and methods used in qualitative research and program evaluation.

Program Highlights

  1. Focus on qualitative methodologies with interdisciplinary topics
  2. Open to students with a variety of educational backgrounds and experiences
  3. Small cohorts support individual faculty attention and mentorship

Deadline to Apply

December 1 for early admissions to be considered for the prestigious College Research Scholar Award.
January 1 for other applications.

Faculty and Curriculum

The organization of the research and evaluation methods degree program recognizes the wide variety of specialties in which you might develop research agendas.

Our mission is to build your capacity to contribute methodological expertise to collaborative research efforts through real-world opportunities in which you develop and practice the skills needed in your area of emphasis. As a result of this experience, you will a have broad knowledge of research methods along with specific expertise in a focused methodology. You can use this knowledge to pursue careers as research methodologists and evaluation specialists in higher education, corporations, and non-profit agencies.

Our graduate experience consists of focused coursework and individual supervised research with faculty mentors, leading to expertise in one of two methodological areas of emphasis:

  1. Qualitative research
  2. Program evaluation

You will be expected to study the traditions commonly used in the social sciences—qualitative, quantitative, mixed, and evaluation methods. Additionally, you will develop expertise in your area of emphasis as well as in a cognate area of your choice.

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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Meet Your Advisor

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.

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Student Life

In this program, you will take focused coursework with individual attention from faculty mentors.

Each semester, you will also take part in a seminar that brings together faculty in the qualitative research program to discuss topics of relevance to scholarship and teaching in qualitative research methodologies in higher education.

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Admissions

Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

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Part 2: Apply to the PhD in Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methodologies

Please upload the following materials in your online application:

  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Writing sample (20-25 pages maximum)

Summary of Application Materials

Both the Graduate School and the academic department review application materials simultaneously. The Graduate School then reviews the department's recommendation and makes the final determination on admission. As an applicant you will receive a formal letter regarding your admission from the Office of Graduate Admissions. You must be admitted to a program to be eligible to register for courses. Admission is granted for a specific semester and is validated by registration for that semester. Applicants must be admitted to the Graduate School before they are eligible to register. International applicants whose primary language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL or IELTS tests in addition to a Certificate of Finances form. No application will be considered until all materials are received. To apply to the PhD in Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methodologies, applicants must have completed a master's degree. GRE scores are required for all applications.

Personal Statement

The program requires a personal statement, usually in the form of a letter of 2 to 3 pages, describing your background, work and research experience, interests in research and/or evaluation methodologies, and career aspirations in relation to the chosen area of emphasis (Qualitative Research or Program Evaluation). Specifically, you should be sure to address the following questions: - What experience or background do you have in research methodologies? - Why are you interested in the study of qualitative or evaluation methodologies? - What research or evaluation questions do you hope to pursue, and why? - In what way will the study of research or evaluation methodologies shape your career?

Writing Sample

You are required to submit a sample of formal writing (20-25 pages maximum). Scholarly or academic writing is preferred whether or not it has been published. If you have not published, recent course papers or work-related reports are appropriate.

Admissions Interviews

After a review of applications, selected applicants will be interviewed by the Ph.D. in Research and Evaluation Methodologies (REM) Admissions Committee early in the spring semester for a subsequent fall semester admission.

Application Deadlines

December 1st, 2017

Returning Applicants

Completed application due:
December 1 for early admissions to be considered for the prestigious College Research Scholar Award.
January 1 for other applications.

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