What will I learn?

The Doctor of Philosophy in Science Education: Geosciences is designed for students who wish to obtain a strong background in the geosciences and to pursue research in geosciences education. The program is offered cooperatively by the Mallinson Institute for Science Education and the Departments of Geography and Geological and Environmental Sciences.

Program Requirements

The program consists of 48 semester hours of graduate work beyond course work counted toward a master’s degree. Each student’s program is planned in consultation with the advisor and consists of the following:

1. Science Education (21 Semester Hours)

consisting of:

SCI 6140 - Science: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives Credits: 3 hours
SCI 6150 - Science Education: Historical and Philosophical Foundations Credits: 3 hours
SCI 6160 - Science Education: Models of Learning and Teaching Credits: 3 hours
SCI 6170 - Science Education: Early Research I Credits: 3 hours
SCI 6171 - Science Education: Early Research II Credits: 3 hours
SCI 6180 - Teaching and Learning in the College Science Classroom Credits: 3 hours
SCI 6200 - Topics in Science Education Credits: 1 to 3 hours

(Credits: 1 hour each, 3 hours needed)

Research Tools and Design (12 semester hours)

To include a semester each in quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Dissertation (15 semester hours)

SCI 7300 - Doctoral Dissertation Credits: 1 to 15 hours

(Credits: 15 hours needed)

Which department am I in?

College of Education and Human Development

Study options

Full Time (48 hours)

Tuition fees
US$13,244.00 per year
Start date

10 January 2022


College of Education and Human Development

Western Michigan University,

1903 W Michigan Ave,



49008, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Master’s degree in a related field with a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.25; Completion of at least one graduate level course in statistics, with a minimum of a grade B, within the last 10 years. You may take the statistics course after admission, but you must take it before you begin doctoral program courses.

For international students

The minimum admission requirements to this degree program are a master’s degree or concurrent enrollment in a master’s degree program in earth sciences.

Minimum English proficiency test scores:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 80 iBT

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic: 6.5

Pearson Test of English, Academic Module (PTE): 54

Michigan English Test (MET): 57

Application deadlines:

Fall: April 1; Spring: August 1

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


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