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Work and Human Resource Education Ph.D.

Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, 330 Wulling Hall, 86 Pleasant Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-1006; fax: 612-624-3377)
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Summer 2013. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • This graduate program is now offered through Organizational Leadership, Policy, & Development. See for more information.
  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 74
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Rochester(Adult Education and Human Resource Development specializations only).
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development is a leader in advancing knowledge about educational and organizational change in local, national, and international contexts. The department's research, teaching, and outreach reflect a commitment to interdisciplinary and intercultural engagement with educators, scholars, and policy makers seeking to enhance leadership, policy, and development around the globe. Students in the M.A. and Ph.D. programs choose from one of five complementary but distinct program tracks: educational administration (EdAd), evaluation studies (ES), higher education (HiEd), comparative and international development education (CIDE), and work and human resource education (WHRE). Undergraduate programs focus on human resource development and business and marketing education. In addition, the department offers a variety of programs for practicing professionals and various licensure programs.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Applicants to the Ph.D. program should have a U.S. master's degree or international equivalent.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
The program offers specializations in adult education; agricultural, food, and environmental education; human resource development; and comprehensive work and human resources education. Students combine study and related experiences to develop, apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate knowledge of the purposes, practices, issues, and problems of work and community education; social, economic, historical, political, cultural, educational, technological, and psychological contexts within which work and community education exist; and types of research that contribute to or apply that knowledge to the specialization. Prospective doctoral degree students should have academic background and experience in at least one specialization area.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
    • General Test - Verbal Reasoning: 450
    • General Test - Quantitative Reasoning: 450
    • General Test - Analytical Writing: 3.0
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
38 credits are required in the major.
12 credits are required outside the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
The Ph.D. requires 60 course credits and 24 thesis credits. Course credits include a minimum of 22 credits in the department core with a minimum of 15 credits in research, and a minimum of 31 credits in the program core. Course credits must also include two graduate-level statistics courses and 12 credits from outside the department, which may overlap with those in the department and program cores.
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