The Application Requirements, as described below, are meant to provide information about an applicant’s interests, goals, previous experiences, and strengths. Each requirement will be reviewed as part of the complete application package by SUCCEED faculty.
Deadlines: The priority application deadline is January 15th of the same year for Fall semester admission. The Graduate Program Committee will continue to review and consider applications after this deadline.
Please note, for international students, additional time is required to process visa applications. Therefore, although the committee will review applications after January 15th, the committee cannot guarantee an international student, if admitted, will be able to enroll the following fall semester due to the necessary visa processing time.
The Graduate Program Committee will also consider applications for spring enrollment. Please reach out to either the Graduate Program Director and/or the Senior Program Coordinator if you are interested in spring enrollment. Deadlines will be posted on the SUCCEED website as appropriate.
- A one to two page, single-spaced Statement of Purpose that describes your professional goals, how the program would help you achieve those goals, and what experiences have prepared you to pursue a doctoral degree in Engineering and Computing Education.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- A copy of your transcripts from the institutions where you pursued a Bachelor’s degree and, if relevant, a Master’s degree.
- [Waived for Fall 2021 Applicants] A copy of your Graduate Record Exam results. Scores should be from an exam taken within the past five years.
- International students whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. (Note: a score of 80 or higher on the TOEFL iBT (this corresponds to 550 on the old TOEFL test) or 3 overall on the IELTS. The University Graduate School has a list of countries that are exempt from this requirement.)
- A copy of your resume or CV.
- We also recommend reaching out to at least one SUCCEED faculty member prior to applying to learn more about the program.
Note: Incoming students are expected to have (or be currently completing) a Bachelor’s (or Master’s) in Engineering or Computing or a closely-related field.
For more information about the application requirements, please contact the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Alexandra Coso Strong (Alexandra.firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Senior Program Coordinator, Ileana Lindsay (email@example.com).
Graduation Requirements for the program:
The Engineering and Computing Education (ECED) doctoral program aims to prepare students:
- To conduct and direct research in engineering or computing education,
- To design and assess inclusive, innovative, and effective educational experiences in engineering, computing, and/or engineering and computing education,
- To address critical issues in equity, diversity, and inclusion within engineering and computing education, and
- For a diverse set of professional trajectories both inside and outside the classroom.
These learning outcomes are achieved and assessed through coursework, teaching and service experiences, a comprehensive exam, and independent research in the form of a doctoral dissertation. Please see the graduate handbook for additional details on the degree requirements in detail and various resources for students.
Overall, an ECED Ph.D. requires a minimum of 75 credit hours beyond the bachelor degree, which include
- Engineering and Computing Education Core Courses (9 courses, 20 Credits)
- 4 Foundational Courses (11 credits)
- Seminar on STEM Education Research (0 credits)
- 3 Research Methods and Statistics Electives Courses (9 credits)
- Teaching Requirement/Pedagogy Courses (2 courses, 4 credits)
- Engineering and Computing Education Specialization Courses (3 Courses, 9 credits)
- Discipline-Specific Specialization (5 courses, 15 credits)
- Dissertation Research Credits (15 credits)
- Additional credits in the form of graduate research or other coursework (12 credits)
See below for additional information about the coursework.
The completion of the ECED curriculum is one component of the doctoral program. To achieve all of the outcomes of the program, doctoral students will also be required to:
- Select a Major Advisor and assemble a Dissertation Committee.
- Successfully complete the Comprehensive Exam. Upon completion of the required coursework and the Comprehensive Exam, the student advances to Candidacy.
- Successfully present and submit a Dissertation Proposal.
- Successfully submit and present a Dissertation based upon original research in Engineering and/or Computing Education.
Lastly, to support each student’s professional development, all students in the program will annually have to complete (1) a Service and Professional Development requirement and (2) an Evaluation and Mentoring Plan Review.
Each of these milestones is outlined in detail within the ECED Graduate Student Handbook.