Adult Education Ph.D.
Would you like to develop your knowledge as an educator and find solutions to adult education issues? Whether you are already employed in an adult education program or just entering the field, our program will provide you with courses and experiences to further your professional development. Our graduates work in school-based and non-school based adult education settings.
Our program is flexible enough to allow you to tailor your coursework to best meet your learning needs. In consultation with your advisor, you select 90 hours of coursework to complete the doctoral program. Most students distribute their coursework as follows:
Seminars – 6 hrs
In order to provide support to doctoral students in the preparation of their dissertation proposals and defenses, two seminars are completed.
Core courses – 21 hours
This coursework is comprised mostly of Adult Education courses, but students also have the opportunity to explore Administration of Higher Education coursework.
Specialty Courses – 6 Hrs
Select 6 hours of courses with the approval of your advisor in the areas of Adult Education and Administration of Higher Education.
Foundations Courses – 6 hrs
Select 6 hours of courses with the approval of your advisor in the areas of Foundations or Educational Psychology.
Research Courses – 12 hrs
Choose 12 hours of research methods courses that cover areas such as quantitative and qualitative methods as well as assessment and evaluation.
Dissertation – 10 hrs
Each student must successfully complete 10 hours of dissertation coursework.
Transfer Courses – 30 hrs
Up to 30 credit hours can be transferred in to the program (usually from a Master’s degree). Alternatively, you can take additional elective hours for this section with the approval of your advisor.Back to Top
- March 15 (for Summer semester start)
- June 1 (for Fall semester start)
- October 1 (for Spring semester start)
- Frequently Asked Questions about Admissions
- Master’s degree or higher
- Minimum GPA 3.0
- Approval of the Department’s Graduate Program Committee, Department Head, faculty members of the Adult Education program, and the Dean of the Graduate School.
- All official transcripts
(Hard copies) Send to: Graduate School, 106 Hargis Hall, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849
(Electronic copies) — if permitted by granting institution — Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Graduate Record Examination Score —
Competitive Scores: 400/146 Verbal; 400/140 Quantitative; 3.5/Competent Writing
- Statement of Intent
- 3 letters of recommendation
Initial Registration Requirements
Auburn University requires on-campus students provide proof of vaccinations. Students must only do this before their first term of course registration. This process is now managed through an online service, Med+Pass.
- Auburn University Med+Pass (requires Auburn University email address).
- Are you unable to use Med+Pass because you don’t yet have an Auburn email account? Contact the EFLT Graduate Program Officer for assistance.
- Are you an online student? Contact your program coordinator to request your medical hold to be released.
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Cost & Financial Support
- Auburn’s Student Financial Services page provides up-to-date cost information.
- There are grants and fellowships available to graduate students.
- Auburn University’s Financial Aid Office also helps students find support.
- James E. & Maria Martinez Witte Annual Fellowship
- Current or incoming graduate student
- Pursuing degree in Adult Education program
- Dr. William A. Spencer Annual Fellowship
- Graduate student in EFLT
- Minimum 3.0 GPA
- Exhibits exceptional promise and leadership in one of the areas of the EFLT Department
- JoAnn Granberry Murrell
- Fully admitted to College of Education
- Part-time or Full-time student
- Enrolled in EFLT program
- Demonstrate financial need