Graduate Bulletin

Education/Adult and Organizational Development, Ph.D.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall:   February 1; January 5 for fellowship consideration

Degree Program Presently Inactive

Applications are accepted for the Fall semester only. Applications received after February 1 will be considered if space permits.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 3

From Whom:  References should be obtained from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or professional achievements and who can comment on the applicant’s aptitude for doctoral study.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

No specific coursework is required for admission.

Master's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A master's degree is not required.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

Official transcripts of all prior work are required. The minimum undergraduate GPA is 3.0, although applicants may be admitted provisionally if other compelling evidence of academic potential is presented.

Statement of Goals:


The statement of goals is an important factor in the admissions process. Candidates should present a thorough and thoughtful explanation of their reasons for pursuing a doctoral degree in Education and the match between their goals and professional interests and program offerings. This personal statement should be written in autobiographical style and address the following questions:

  • How have your personal, academic, and professional experiences shaped your research interests, and how might a doctoral program in Education help you explore those interests?
  • What academic/professional goals would the program help you to achieve following graduation?
  • How does the doctoral program at Temple fit your individual interests, needs, and future goals? Which faculty member's research best matches your own interests?
Standardized Test Scores:


Official scores from the GRE taken no longer than 5 years prior to the application date are required. Candidates are expected to score above the 40th percentile.


Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 79 iBT or 550 PBT.



A resume may be submitted, but Is not required.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Master's: 48

Required Courses:

Successful completion of the program requires between 48 and 51 credits across different concentrations of post-master's coursework. The Ph.D. coursework includes a common core of courses for all students, distinct disciplinary courses for students in the different concentrations, and common courses in research methods, including:

College-wide core seminars, including Contemporary Trends in Educational Research (3 credits) and Epistemology and Method in Educational Research (3 credits)
College-wide research courses (minimum 15 credits)
Disciplinary courses (9-18 credits)
Research Apprenticeship (6 credits)
College-wide elective courses (3-12 credits)
Culminating courses (6 credits overall; minimum 2 credits of ED 9999)

Required Non-Credit Courses:

  • Organized activities
  • Research
  • Milestones:
    • Proficiency Evaluation (comprehensive exams)
    • Proposal Oral Defense (includes major area)
    • Dissertation Oral Defense

Internship: An internship in the form of a Research Apprenticeship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:


Proficiency Evaluation (Preliminary Examination):

The purpose of the proficiency evaluation (typically called the preliminary examination by the Graduate School) is to demonstrate critical and interpretive knowledge of current research. It should be completed no more than one semester after the student completes the coursework component of the program. Each concentration of the College-wide Ph.D. Program develops and administers the proficiency evaluation for its students. While there is variability among the concentrations in the way the evaluation is constructed, in general, the evaluation involves an integrative analysis of research and is determined and assessed by a committee of faculty of the concentration. Each committee member votes to pass or fail the student. In order to pass, a majority of the committee members must agree that the evaluation has been satisfactorily completed. The evaluators look for a breadth and depth of understanding of research, a critical application of that knowledge to specific phenomena, integrative reasoning ability, and an ability to write technical prose. Students who are preparing to complete their proficiency evaluation should confirm a timetable with their advisor.


Proposal Oral Defense:

The dissertation proposal demonstrates the student's knowledge of and ability to conduct the proposed research. The proposal should consist of the following: the context and background surrounding a particular research problem; an exhaustive survey and review of literature related to the problem; and a detailed methodological plan for investigating the problem. The proposal should be completed and approved no more than one year after completing coursework. The proposal is defended in an open hearing which is attended by the student’s dissertation advisory committee. Upon approval, a timeline for completing the investigation and writing process is established.


Dissertation Oral Defense:

The doctoral dissertation is an original study that makes a significant contribution to the field. It should expand the existing knowledge and demonstrate the student's knowledge of both research methods and a mastery of his or her primary area of interest. Dissertations should be rigorously investigated, uphold the ethics and standard of the field, demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the primary area of interest and the broader field of business, and be prepared for publication in an academic journal.


The Doctoral Advisory Committee is formed to oversee the student's doctoral research and is comprised of at least three Graduate Faculty members. Two members, including the Chair, must be from, or affiliated with, the concentration in which the student has been admitted. The Chair is responsible for overseeing and guiding the student's progress, coordinating the responses of the Committee members, and informing the student of his or her academic progress.


The Dissertation Examining Committee evaluates the student's dissertation and oral defense. This committee is comprised of the Doctoral Advisory Committee and at least two additional faculty members, one of whom must be from outside the concentration.


The Committee will evaluate the student's ability to express verbally his or her research question, methodological approach, primary findings, and implications. The Committee will vote to pass or fail the dissertation and the defense at the conclusion of the public presentation.Students who are preparing to defend their dissertation should confirm a time and date with their Dissertation Examining Committee and register with the Shimada Student Resource Center at least 10 days before the defense is to be held. After the time, date, and room for the defense have been established, the completed "Announcement of Dissertation Defense" form will be sent to the Graduate School. A flyer announcing the defense will be posted in a public location in the College.

Department Information:


College of Education Graduate Programs
Attn: AOD, PhD
Shimada Resource Center
Ritter Annex Suite 150
Philadelphia, PA, 19122
phone: (215) 204-8011


Department Contacts:


Admissions Process:
College of Education Graduate Programs
phone: (215) 204-8011



Dr. Joseph Folger
phone: (215) 204-1890


About the Program

The Ph.D. in Adult and Organizational Development

Time Limit for Degree Completion:  7 years

Campus Location:

Main Campus

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Most courses are offered in the evening to accommodate working professionals. The length of time to complete the doctoral degree program varies depending upon the number of courses taken each semester. Students may matriculate in either part-time or full-time capacity.

Department Information:

College of Education Graduate Programs

Attn: Adult & Organizational Development, PhD

Shimada Resource Center
Ritter Annex Suite 150
Philadelphia, PA, 19122
phone: (215) 204-8011

Interdisciplinary Study:




Not applicable.

Study Abroad:

There are no study abroad requirements


The College of Eduation is ranked among top graduate schools in US News and World Report


Not applicable.

Areas of Specialization:

Not applicable.

Job Placement:

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students must obtain permission of the instructor, with approval of the department, to take doctoral courses.

Financing Opportunities

Assistantships are the centerpiece of the program's mentorship philosophy and are very competitive. They require 20 hours of service per week, which can include teaching and supervised research. An assistantship provides a stipend and tuition remission.

Graduate Scholarship opportunities are available for current and prospective students.

Created 7.18.12