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Ph.D. in Engineering Education

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Program Information

Ph.D. in Engineering Education
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Ph.D. in Engineering Education program is a terminal degree program that is designed to meet the changing needs of researchers, scholars, and scientists in academia, industry, and the government with an interest in engineering education. The Ph.D. in Engineering Education has the following program goals:

  1. Candidates will obtain a solid foundation of engineering education research methods and apply these methods to addressing research questions relevant to real-world engineering problems
  2. Students will learn the skills of oral technical communications and effective teaching for disseminating and imparting knowledge both in academic and non-academic settings
  3. Students will learn the skills of professional writing for disseminating engineering education knowledge, and preparing effective grant applications for seeking external funding from a variety of sponsors that fund Engineering Education Research
  4. Students will learn how to identify unsolved problems in engineering education, formulate research questions, create a study using appropriate education research methods, analyze results and draw conclusions

Potential positions for graduates from the Ph.D. in Engineering Education program include the following:

  • Tenure track faculty in colleges of engineering
  • Teaching track faculty in colleges of engineering
  • Director/associate dean for diversity in engineering
  • Faculty in multidisciplinary engineering education programs (e.g., early undergraduate engineering education programs)
  • Engineering higher education administrator
  • Community college instructor
  • Engineering education research associates
  • Program managers for the federal government
  • Engineering outreach services director (industry, museums, engineering professional societies, other informal education contexts, consulting)
  • Instructional services coordinator for industry or engineering professional society
  • Corporate trainers
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The Rowan University Ph.D. in Engineering program requires the completion of coursework, a Career Preparation and Readiness Experience (CPRE) component, research requirements, dissertation, and dissertation defense. If you possess a bachelor's degree, a minimum of 72 semester hours of graduate-level work will be required.

If you possess a master's degree in a related field, a minimum of 42 semester hours (credits) of graduate-level work beyond your master's degree will be required. Up to 30 of the credits earned in pursuit of your master's degree may be transferable.

For specific curriculum requirements for the PhD in Engineering Education program, please refer to its webpage and/or the ExEEd Graduate Program Coordinator.

  • 72 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements URL: Yes
Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or related field from an accredited institution of higher learning. Depending on undergraduate area of study, completion of additional foundation courses may be required. Contact the graduate program chair for more information regarding foundation courses.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume. Applicants should include a statement on the professional resume that verifies evidence of applied skills including research proficiency.
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives and research interests
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • While the official Recommendation Form is required, an actual letter from the recommender is additionally preferred.
    • Applicants with Master’s degrees completed within the past 5 years should include as one of their recommenders an instructor from their Master’s program.
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