The PhD in Social and Comparative Analysis of Education (SCAE) trains scholars to apply disciplinary theories and methods from the humanities and social sciences—including economics, sociology, anthropology, and philosophy—to the study of educational productivity and inequality. In addition to classic theories of how organizations and actors interact within educational systems, we also focus on understanding the effects of contemporary educational policies, trends, and reforms. An emphasis on theories and methods in the social sciences and humanities is coupled with an empirical focus on real-world studies of instructional and organizational processes.

The PhD program considers education holistically, including formal and non-formal settings across the lifespan, and has a special strength in comparative, international, and development education.  The SCAE PhD program prepares students to be nationally competitive and highly qualified for research careers in both academic and non-academic institutions.