Educational Research (Ph.D.)

Educational Research (Ph.D.)

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2023 through summer 2024. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Educational Research Core Courses
EDUC 701Advanced Learning Theory and Research3
EDUC 750Survey of Educational Research3
EDUC 779Institutional Research3
EDUC 780Evaluation and Measurement Tools3
EDUC 812Advanced Educational Statistics3
EDUC 814Survey of Applied Research Methods3
EDUC 815Quantitative Methods of Research3
EDUC 817Qualitative Methods of Research3
EDUC 818Survey Methods Research3
EDUC 819Mixed Methods Research3
EDUC 845Policy Analysis3
EDUC 860Literature Review for Advanced Research3
EDUC 915Advanced Quantitative Methods of Research3
or EDUC 917 Advanced Qualitative Methods of Research
EDUC 980Research Concepts & Methodology 13
Total Hours42

Once the student enters the Dissertation phase (after completion of EDUC 980), they must maintain continuous enrollment (Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters) until all degree requirements are completed

Education Elective 1,23
Total Hours3

Choose any 700-900 EDUC course not already required by the degree.


EDUC 781 or EDUC 784 are strongly recommended

Dissertation Courses
EDUC 987Dissertation I 25
EDUC 988Dissertation II 25
EDUC 989Dissertation III 25
EDUC 990Dissertation IV0
Total Hours15

Ph.D. students are allowed to enroll in EDUC 987, EDUC 988, and EDUC 989 only one time. Extensions for exceptional circumstances must be approved by the School of Education

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 60 hours
  • A maximum of 50% of a post-graduate and doctoral degree may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level
  • 3.0 GPA
  • No grades lower than a B- may be applied to the degree
  • Successful defense of dissertation
  • Degree must be completed within 7 years
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date

Program Offered in Online Format

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