Thank you for your interest in the Joint PhD in Educational Studies Program. Applications for the 2022 Academic Year is now open.
The Joint PhD in Educational Studies is offered by Lakehead University, the University of Windsor and Brock University. In bringing together a high number of qualified faculty with a broad spectrum of expertise and research interests, the program provides enhanced opportunities for depth and breadth in supervisory expertise. As well, it provides opportunities in generating new knowledge and directions in research. With a focus on nurturing students as developing scholars and leaders we promote professional development through collaboration fostering links between schools and universities, and promote partnerships locally, nationally, and internationally.
Individualized plan of study
Inter-university teams of instructors and supervisory committees
Full-time and part-time study (with residency requirements)
Face-to-face and web-based instruction
Collaboration across universities
Comprehensive portfolio – an innovative personalized approach to comprehensive examinations
“I am a doctoral student in the Joint Ph.D. in Educational Studies Program at the University of Windsor in partnership with Brock University and Lakehead University. Contextualized in the SSHRC Partnership Grant Project, Reciprocal Learning in Teacher Education and School Education between Canada and China, directed by Drs. Xu and Connelly in 2013-2022, my doctoral study is to understand the generalist teaching model in Canadian elementary schools and the specialist teaching model in Chinese elementary schools and to explore what can be reciprocally learned among those two models.
The Joint Ph.D. in Educational Studies program provides me with diversified and multidimensional experiences to delve into my research interests. As a student in the program, I have opportunities to collaborate with different faculty members from three universities. The program is a caring and professional community with a group of passionate and knowledgeable researchers.”
Chenkai Chi, Current Joint PhD Student
“The diversity in this program allows graduate students from different cultural backgrounds to explore their experiences and perspectives together in a caring, respectful, and supporting learning environment. Professors provide learning opportunities that are rich, meaningful, and geared towards the research interests of graduate students.”
Mohamad Ayoub, Joint PhD Alumni
“The Joint PhD Program has provided me with a unique opportunity to benefit from the expertise and knowledge of colleagues and faculty from three universities. The program’s flexibility allows me, as a mature student, the opportunity to pursue a PhD education while maintaining strong connections with my family and the workforce.”
Dr. Oyugi Perez, 2017 Alumni
“My experience in the Joint PhD program has been an excellent blend between studying at a small, close knit university where many students and scholars share my research interests and connecting with a broad and diverse group of colleagues and professors through the partner universities. This has brought both breadth and depth to my doctoral experience.”
Dr. Martha Moon, 2019 Alumni
“I once read that we grow only if we change, and that we change only when we are open and exposed to learning and new experiences. The Joint PhD in Educational Studies program provided me with new and valuable experiences. I received a lot of support from my home university and faculty, and the support of two additional universities and faculties. The Joint PhD Educational Studies helped me grow as a person and as a scholar.”
Dr. James Czank, 2018 Alumni
“The Joint PhD in Educational Studies program provided me the opportunity to delve deeper into scholarly research that was both professionally and personally meaningful. As a student in the program I had access to a broad range of expertise from faculty members across three universities, making it an exemplary learning experience.”