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What will I learn?

The Doctor of Philosophy in Social Studies requires 75 points of graduate study and a dissertation. The Ph.D. degree program in Social Studies leads to a strongly research-oriented degree designed for individuals preparing for a career in teaching, conducting research, and working in teacher education in a university setting or a private or public policy organization.

Courses in the major field (15 points minimum):

A&HW 5030 Diversity and the social studies curriculum
A&HW 5031 Teacher education in social studies
A&HW 5530 History of American social thought
A&HW 6500 History of social studies
A&HW 6530 Curriculum development, research, and supervision

Content courses in the major field (21 points minimum):

Soon after beginning the program, students must select an area of specialization. Students should select courses with an advisor, taking care to include courses relevant to the area of dissertation research. These courses may be taken at either Teachers College or the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University.

Research Courses (18 points minimum):

Required Courses:

A&HW 5503 Research paper in social studies (done in conjunction with the fourth round of doctoral seminar)
A&HW 6503 Doctoral seminar in social studies (taken four times consecutively during the first two years of the program)
A&HW 7503 Dissertation seminar in social studies (taken at the time of presentation of the doctoral proposal)
A&HW 8903 Dissertation advisement in the teaching of social studies

Other offerings:

A&HW 5931 Guided investigations in the teaching of social studies
A&HW 6030 Research in social studies education
A&HW 6203 Advanced fieldwork in social studies
A&HW 6903 Research and independent study in social studies
A&HW 6935 Studies in history and in the teaching of history and social studies

Broad and basic areas of professional scholarship (15 points minimum):

Same as “Broad and basic areas of professional scholarship” in Ed.D. degree program.

Which department am I in?

Teachers College

Study options

Full Time (75 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$41,736.00 per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


Columbia University

116th Street, 2960 Broadway,

New York,

10027, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements:  The minimum TOEFL score expected is 600 (written) or 250 (computer version).

For international students

Applicant must hold equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree.

English Language Requirement

Applicant must have minimum TOEFL score of 100 internet based (IBT), 600 paper-base exam (PBT) and minimum IELTS score of 7.0

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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