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Educational Foundations, M.A., Ph.D.

Saint Louis University’s graduate program in educational foundations will teach you to use historical, philosophical, sociological, psychological, political and cultural perspectives to address perennial and contemporary issues in educational theory, policy and practice.

About the Program

The graduate programs in educational foundations at Saint Louis University aim to facilitate students’ critical exploration of the relationships between education, society, and culture; enable students’ analyses of issues related to race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and class; and promote social justice and educational equity in local, national and global contexts.

Program Highlights

Faculty members in SLU's School of Education take a genuine interest in students and serve as strong models of successful scholarship, teaching and service to the community. We offer students academically rigorous programs that balance theory and practice, intellect and affect, and action and reflection.

Students in the educational foundations programs become familiar with the content and research methods of the various foundations disciplines and learn to study education from a multidisciplinary perspective. Doctoral students are encouraged to focus on one of the disciplines involved with the program, chosen in consultation with their adviser.

Master's Curriculum and Program Details

SLU’s M.A. program in educational foundations requires 32 credit hours of coursework, including at least six credit hours of research consisting of “EDR-5400: Qualitative Research Methods” and either “EDR-5600: General Research Methods for Educators” or “EDR-5100: Introduction to Inferential Statistics for Educators.”

At the end of the program, you, in consultation with your adviser, will prepare a theme paper on a topic related to your coursework. You will also complete a one-hour oral examination based on the theme paper and completed coursework.
Ph.D. Curriculum and Program Details

SLU’s doctorate in educational foundations emphasizes the tools of research and the interplay of theory and practice in education. You will take a minimum of 42 credit hours beyond the master's degree, including 12 credit hours of dissertation research and three advanced research courses.

At the end of the course credit hours, you will complete written and oral exams and then take 12 credit hours of dissertation research. A public oral defense of a dissertation proposal and a final dissertation are required to complete the program.


Possible career paths for someone with a graduate degree in educational foundations include University faculty positions, educational research opportunities and positions within educational agencies at local, state and federal levels.

In addition, these degree programs enable current educators (e.g., teachers and administrators) to understand more deeply the socio-cultural, political and economic contexts of the schools and communities in which they work and to become critical and reflective practitioners.

Tuition and Fees

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Applicant Criteria

Students should possess above-average GPA, sufficient GRE or GMAT scores, and sufficient TOEFL scores (for international applicants).


You must have completed 18 hours of upper-division undergraduate coursework in education or related areas approved by the school.


You must have a master's degree in education and complete six credit hours of graduate research coursework as a prerequisite for the doctoral programs. If you do not have some or all of these credit hours, you may take them while pursuing your doctorate, in addition to the program coursework.

You’ll also need the following items to apply:

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
Three letters of recommendation
GRE scores or other applicable graduate entry exam
Professional goal statement

Requirements for International Students

Application Deadlines

Domestic students should apply for the fall semester by July 1, for the spring semester by Nov. 1 and for the summer semester by April 1. International students should apply for the fall semester by May 1, for the spring semester by Oct. 1 and for the summer semester by Feb. 1.

Students who want to be considered for an assistantship should apply by Feb. 1.

Review Process

A committee reviews each application wholly.