Ph.D. Programs

Join what is arguably the nation’s most highly qualified cadre of graduate students exploring issues in K-12 education, special education, higher education, leadership and policy, the psychological sciences, educational neuroscience, and applied community studies.


Peabody's doctor of philosophy programs follow the master-apprentice model of scholarly training and are designed to prepare the next generation of researchers and scholars studying education and human development.

Program Model Overview

The Ph.D. is geared toward scholars who seek careers as faculty, researchers, or policy analysts. You will engage in research projects designed by academic advisers and study with leading researchers in the nation examining pressing questions in education and human development. As a student, you will develop a comprehensive set of methodological skills and will spend considerable effort crafting and shaping a program of research to launch your academic career. 

Entry into Peabody's Ph.D. programs is highly competitive. Candidates must present an academic record of distinction and a mature and insightful statement of purpose. 

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Note: along with the degrees listed in the Program Finder below, Peabody also offers a doctorate in educational neuroscience through the Vanderbilt Brain Institute. More information can be found here.

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Admitted Ph.D. students receive funding for up to five years of study, a monthly stipend competitive with any college of education in the nation, and health insurance. Based on presented qualifications, the college will nominate select students for additional honor scholarships and fellowships awarded by both the college and the graduate school. These merit awards supplement the baseline college award.
In addition, Ph.D. students receive funds to support travel each year to the American Educational Research Association annual conference and one additional academic conference. Funding for travel may be contingent on having papers accepted for presentation.

Application Deadline: December 1