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University of Massachusetts Lowell

Lowell , Massachusetts ,United States

Research & Evaluation in Education Ph.D

The Research and Evaluation in Education Ph.D. option represents an entirely new offering at the College of Education and seeks to prepare individuals with expertise in research methods and program evaluation skills. The degree is designed to not only provide core knowledge but to heighten the research skills of students by requiring them to work closely with faculty in research experiences prior to commencing their own dissertation. 

Because experience with authentic research projects is essential to the education of students in this option, students engage in two research experiences. Students undertake their research experiences after the core course requirements have been met. They may do it in one of two ways:

  • Serving as a UMass Lowell Research Assistant for a faculty project for a minimum of two semesters, or 
  • Through two semesters of a 3-credit course (Research Experience I and II) overseen by the doctoral advisor.

Campus Information


UMass Lowell is located in historic mill city of Lowell, Mass., 45-minutes north of Boston, at the intersections of Routes 495, 93 and 3. The birthplace of Jack Kerouac and the Industrial Revolution, Lowell's history echoes all around you. Former mill buildings and cobblestone streets now add charm to a bustling downtown, steps away from the UMass Lowell campus, which boasts a thriving arts scene, a population rich in cultural diversity, and a flair for festivals.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

PSW Opportunity

3 Years of PSW

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for admission to the Ph.D. all applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Admission statement which addresses the applicant’s purpose for embarking on advanced graduate study, research interests, and aspirations for future employment.
  • Earned master’s degree from an accredited institution. The most appropriate master’s degree is the M.Ed.; however, other related master’s degrees will be considered if the candidate can demonstrate work experience or knowledge of education policy and/or research. The master’s degree must have been earned with a 3.0 GPA or better.
  • Resume, which highlights the applicant’s education and experiences relevant to the degree after completion of the bachelor’s degree.
  • Satisfactory GRE scores are taken within the last five years.
  • Satisfactory TOEFL scores are taken within the last year for international applicants as appropriate.
  • Three letters of recommendation speak to the suitability of the applicant for advanced graduate work, work ethic, and knowledge of the field of education and/or education research.
  • Writing sample that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to present a cohesive, focused, and persuasive response to an education issue of his or her choice.
  • Interview on-campus or via a video-conferencing tool for those applicants seeking Teaching or Research Assistantships, or for those whose application materials raise unanswered questions.