Doctor of Philosophy in Social Justice Education
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Justice Education Overview
Transform education and social justice for the next generation
This PhD program offers students with opportunities for advanced study, original research, and theoretical analysis in Social Justice Education. It is designed primarily for those interested in research and careers in academia.
The flexible-time PhD degree is designed to accommodate demand by practising professionals for a PhD degree that permits continued employment in areas related to their areas of research. Degree requirements for the flexible-time and full-time PhD programs are the same. Flexible-time PhD students register full-time during the first four years and part-time during subsequent years of the program.
For detailed information about the program, please consult the School of Graduate Studies Calendar.
At a Glance
Full-time (4 years)
Flex-time (6 years)
Coursework plus thesis
Funding and Tuition
For detailed and up-to-date information about tuition fees, funding, and financial support, visit Tuition and Financial Support.
Applications for the PhD (funded) and Flexible-time PhD in Social Justice Education for 2022-2023 admissions cycle is set to open early October 2022.
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Why I Chose Social Justice Education
Marie Laing (Master of Arts 2018)
Writer, educator, and youth leader, Native Youth Sexual Health Network
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Award recipient
"I was hungry for language to describe settler-colonialism and how it relates to my queer, two-spirit and trans Indigenous community. I was also eager to see how leading scholars were applying anti-racist education in a variety of contexts to create positive change. OISE’s Department of Social Justice Education was one of the few places I found where I could engage in all of these intellectual projects at once."
Doctor of Philosophy in Social Justice Education Admission Requirements
General Admission Requirements
Please visit the OISE Admissions website for detailed information about the application process, including general minimum admission requirements and supporting documents.
Program-Specific Information (Minimum Admission Requirements)
- Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.
- Admission requires a University of Toronto Master of Arts or Master of Education in Education, or its equivalent from a recognized university in the same field of specialization proposed at the doctoral level, completed with standing equivalent to B+ or better.
- Students who are admitted without sufficient previous study in a humanities, social science, or a cognate discipline may be required to take additional courses.
- Applicants to the flexible-time PhD option are accepted under the same admission requirements as applicants to the full-time PhD option. However, in addition, applicants to the flexible-time PhD should demonstrate that they are active professionals engaged in activities relevant to their proposed program of study.
Required Supporting Documents
All applicants must submit:
- Transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended
- Two letters of reference (one academic and one professional)
- A résumé that provides clear and complete information about the applicant's work or field experience related to their proposed studies
- Statement of Intent (Applicants are asked to answer each of the following questions in an essay format [bullet points are not acceptable]. Not only will the content of your responses be used in the assessment of the application, but so will the quality and clarity of your writing. Please limit responses to 200-250 words per question.)
- What research interests do you intend to pursue in your graduate studies?
- How did you become interested in this area of research? (Please feel free to refer to any relevant literature and/or personal experiences.)
- Why is Social Justice Education at OISE the best place to pursue your research interests?
- What faculty members in Social Justice Education could support your graduate studies and chosen research direction?
- What previous experiences, skills, and strengths will support you in your graduate studies?
- At least one sample of written work that demonstrates engagement with the humanities or social sciences, and social justice in education.
Additional Program Information
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