PhD in Public Policy – Education Policy Shaping the Future of Education


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100% online, 8-week or semester long courses

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Many schools across the country suffer from challenges involving mismanaged resources or misguided policies that make teaching more difficult and less effective. Schools, teachers, and students need education policy experts who have the vision and character needed to assess and overhaul harmful policies that hamper students’ success. With Liberty’s online Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Policy – Education Policy, you can gain the expertise you need to shape education policy at the local, state, and federal level.

Whether you want to focus on public policy research or help train up the next generation of policy experts, our doctorate in education policy online can help equip you to revitalize school systems across the United States. Through this program, you can learn how to model a biblical understanding of statesmanship while using effective strategies to analyze, develop, and promote education policy. You’ll also explore essential research methods that you can use to foster lasting change in your community.

Our specialization in education policy allows you to enrich your policymaking and legislative expertise as it pertains to K-12 schools and universities. With training from faculty who have years of real-world experience, you can prepare to lead with excellence in the world of public policy.

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  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

As a pioneer in distance learning, Liberty has spent years developing innovative programs that let students like you receive a quality education online. To fulfill our mission of Training Champions for Christ, we’ve designed our education policy PhD program to blend ethical principles with high-quality academics. You can be confident that we’ve taken the time to learn what’s important to you. We look forward to working with you as you pursue your academic and career goals.

At Liberty, you’ll study under faculty who have years of experience working in academia and public policy. Our professors are committed to helping you develop the knowledge, values, and skills essential for impacting the world. By studying under industry experts, you can become equipped to make a difference in your community and beyond.

Liberty is accredited by SACSCOC, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. You can pursue your degree with confidence knowing that our programs have met rigorous academic standards and accreditation requirements. And, because our PhD in Public Policy is offered 100% online, you can complete your courses on your schedule.

Liberty’s PhD in Public Policy – Education Policy can equip you to make a difference in schools, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. By studying theoretical and practical approaches to policy, you can prepare to address real-world challenges in your profession.

The core courses in this degree cover a wide range of topics, including the foundations of statesmanship, natural law, the Constitution, economics, federalism, and policy analysis. You’ll receive advanced training that can help you succeed as a senior leader in public service. You can also develop the tools needed to motivate and train up future public policy legislators, researchers, and scholars who can make a positive impact on our nation.

Within the education policy specialization, you’ll explore controversial issues and key outcomes in the field of education policy. From school choice and voucher programs to national curriculum development and funding, you can gain a deeper understanding of current issues that affect schools, students, and families across the nation. You can also learn how to conduct research within the context of public policy decision-making. By completing a dissertation, you can conduct valuable research and contribute to the base of knowledge in your field.

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Doctoral Full Time $595/Credit
Doctoral Part Time $650/Credit

Eligible current and former military service members and their spouses may qualify for a special rate of $300/credit hour (learn more).

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We want to help you find the doctoral degree you want – at a price you’ve earned. As a thank-you for your military service, Liberty University offers eligible current and former service members like you or your spouse multiple pathways to earn a doctoral degree for only $300/credit hour. Find out how you can take advantage of this unique opportunity as you work toward your goal of reaching the pinnacle of your profession – for less.