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Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)

Educational leadership in academia, government and the private sector

UNB's Faculty of Education PhD degree prepares students for solid foundations in education within academic, government or private sectors. Our PhD program requires a dissertation on original and significant research within the field of education.

A degree with specific goals

Doctoral studies in education will help you to:

  • to study, design and conduct research at an advanced level
  • develop the competence and expertise needed to assume positions of educational leadership
  • work collaboratively with colleagues in educational endeavours and to continue your professional development

The Faculty of Education PhD program has one application deadline date of Dec 1. 

Program goal and objectives

Assisting individuals to study at an advanced level

Working in supervisory and collegial relationships with one or more faculty members, you will:

  • gain in-depth knowledge and critical and comprehensive understanding of a specific area or several related areas within the field of education
  • formulate and express, both orally and in writing, personal and professional positions in your area of interest
  • develop an understanding of and ability to use and evaluate research methodologies which typify educational research
  • design and present a proposal for an approved research project of significance in the field of education

You will complete the proposed research under the supervision of faculty members, then write and orally defend a dissertation and participate in other activities designed to develop competencies in:

  • disseminating knowledge to others
  • planning and conducting research and/or development activities
  • leadership roles within formal and/or informal educational institutions, agencies or communities

Supervisory committee

The supervisory committee includes the student's supervisor(s), other members who can be from the home faculty, other UNB faculty members and/or outside persons who are honorary research associates (HRA) in the home faculty.

The supervisory committee advises the student on the proposal, recommends that the proposal be accepted by the GAU, carries on with supervision until time for the oral examination of the dissertation and recommends to the GAU that the dissertation be forwarded to the SGS for examination.

PhD grants and fellowships


Students are encouraged to apply for Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) graduate scholarship competitions (doctoral awards are $20,000 or $35,000 per year).

UNB scholarships

Graduate students have access to scholarships through the School of Graduate Studies.