The main difference between NIEPA’s Ph.D. and MAED programs is the level of specialization and research required. The Ph.D. program is a four-year program that requires students to conduct original research in a specialized area of education. The MAED program is a two-year program that provides students with a broad foundation in education.
Here is a table that summarizes the key differences between the two programs:
|Feature||Ph.D. in Education||MAED|
|Degree||Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)||Master of Arts in Education (MAED)|
|Duration||Four years||Two years|
|Specialization||Students must choose a specialization in a specific area of education, such as curriculum and instruction, educational psychology, or educational policy.||Students do not have to choose a specialization, but they can if they wish.|
|Research||Students must conduct original research in their chosen area of specialization.||Students are not required to conduct research, but they can if they wish.|
|Coursework||Students take a combination of coursework and research courses.||Students take a combination of coursework and field experiences.|
|Eligibility||Applicants must possess a Master’s Degree in Education/or allied field with a minimum GPA of 3.0.||Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Education/or allied field with a minimum GPA of 3.0.|
|Admission||Applicants are admitted through a competitive process that includes an application, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.||Applicants are admitted through a competitive process that includes an application, letters of recommendation, and an interview.|
The Ph.D. and MAED programs at NIEPA are highly respected and offer students the opportunity to learn from experienced faculty and conduct cutting-edge research in education. The best program for an individual will depend on individual goals and interests. If you want to pursue a research career, the Ph.D. program may be a good fit. If you are interested in a teaching or educational administration career, the MAED program may be a good fit for you.