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:
|Ph.D. in Education
|Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
|Master of Arts in Education (MAED)
|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.
|Students must conduct original research in their chosen area of specialization.
|Students are not required to conduct research, but they can if they wish.
|Students take a combination of coursework and research courses.
|Students take a combination of coursework and field experiences.
|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.
|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.