If you have a deep interest in the methodological, theoretical, and ethical procedures and challenges inherent to social science research and evaluation, this is a program for you. Our graduates contribute to the field of qualitative inquiry.

Degree Type: Doctoral

Degree Program Code: PHD_QREM

Degree Program Summary:

The organization of the QREM degree program recognizes the wide variety of specialties in which students might develop research agendas. Therefore, our mission is to build students’ capacities to contribute methodological expertise to collaborative research efforts through real-world opportunities in which they develop and practice the skills needed in their area of specialization. Through their research in a variety of substantive fields, students will contribute to the development of innovative theory and methods employed in research and evaluation methodologies. As a result of the QREM program experience, students will a have broad knowledge of research methods along with specific expertise in a focused methodology, which they can use to pursue careers as research methodologists and evaluation specialists in higher education as well as corporate and non-profit agencies.

Program of Study: Ph.D. in Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methodologies

  • Core Coursework – 18 hours
  • Area of Specialization – 12 hours
  • Research Seminar – 3 hours
  • Elective Coursework in Research Methods – 12 hours
  • Cognate in Area of Interest – 9 hours
  • Doctoral Directed Study Hours – Minimum of 3 hours
  • Dissertation Hours – Minimum of 3 hours
  • Total – 60 hours

The purpose of the Ph.D. degree program in Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methodologies (QREM) at The University of Georgia is to prepare researchers and research methodologists to study and develop methods for conducting empirical and conceptual social science research in education and other social science fields. The graduate experience in the QREM degree program consists of focused coursework and individual supervised research with faculty mentors leading to expertise in one of two methodological areas of emphasis: (1) qualitative research; or (2) program evaluation. All students are expected to complete an initial study of the traditions commonly used in the social sciences—qualitative, quantitative, mixed, and evaluation methods. Additionally, students study the philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual aspects of an array of research designs through a course entitled “The History and Philosophy of Social Science Research Methods,” as well as develop proficiency in writing for a variety of audiences in “Writing and Reporting Academic Research and Evaluation.”

Locations Offered:

Athens (Main Campus)

College / School:

Mary Frances Early College of Education

110 Carlton Street
Athens, GA 30602



Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy

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