Educational Studies

The Joint PhD in Educational Studies is offered by Brock University, Lakehead University, and the University of Windsor.

The Joint-PHD program, 3 programs hundreds of graduates

The Joint PhD in Educational Studies program offers flexible learning environments, utilizing face-to-face seminars, tutorials, and distance education.  Through the three fields of study, Cognition and Learning, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and Social/Cultural/Political Contexts of Education, the Joint PhD promotes scholarly inquiry and the production of new knowledge within the context of a research culture.

Applications are being accepted to the Joint PhD in Educational Studies program  

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Please note that the application deadline is November 15th.

If you are a previous Lakehead student you MUST use your previous Lakehead ID on the application. If your name has changed please contact the Administrator for assistance at

The designation "home university" applies to your home university, and your dissertation supervisor. You have the right to take courses and seminars or to use the academic facilities at any of the participating universities.

Through the three fields of study, Cognition and Learning, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and Social/Cultural/Political Contexts of Education, the Joint PhD in Educational Studies Program aims to promote scholarly inquiry and the production of new knowledge within the context of a research culture.

Program Highlights Include:

  • Individualized plan of study
  • Multiple approaches to course delivery
  • Site-based, rotation across home universities
  • Distance Education (computer literacy required)
  • Inter-university teams of instructors and supervisory committees
  • Comprehensive portfolio - an innovative personalized approach to comprehensive examinations
  • Flexible residency requirements - four terms (two consecutive)
  • Unique opportunities for collaboration and networking
  • Full time studies or a combination of full time and part time studies

NOTE: Students in this program are expected to complete all requirements within a minimum of nine terms (3 years) up to a maximum of eighteen terms (6 years) of continuous full-time registration. Candidates must meet a minimum residency of four terms, two of which must be consecutive.

Admission Requirements for PhD

Applicants for admission must be graduates of a recognized university and show evidence of scholarly achievement. Except where otherwise stated in the Admission Requirements of a particular program, students must have a Masters degree or its equivalent with an academic average as specified by the academic unit. An applicant holding a degree other than one in the discipline area to which admission is sought will be considered on the basis of Master's courses taken and academic standing. 

Meeting the minimum requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission. No candidate will be admitted unless the academic unit recommends admission. All applicants will be advised in writing by the Office of Graduate Studies of their admission status.

Program Specific Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for PhD programs, the following requirements also apply:

  • Applicants must provide evidence of research competence normally demonstrated by a master's thesis. Students who have not completed a thesis must submit evidence of equivalent research capability.
  • English is the primary language of communication and instruction in the program. Applicants from other countries who have not completed a degree at a university where the primary language of instruction is English must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 600 (250 computer-based) or an equivalent demonstration of proficiency.

Application packages are submitted directly to the Joint PhD in Educational Studies Program, Office of the Secretariat. The Secretariat sends copies of applications to the home universities to which applicants have applied. For details on the program's admission requirements and application procedures, please visit the Joint PhD Program website.

Graduate Funding

At Lakehead University, we realize the importance of financial support for graduate students.

Therefore, financial assistance opportunities are available in several forms and are generally awarded to students by individual programs on the basis of academic promise and financial need.

The different funding options available include:

For your convenience, a searchable database of graduate scholarships, bursaries, and awards is provided below. Award eligibility, criteria, and application procedures for graduate funding is indicated for each award. Please use the general search tool to find available funding by program. Alternatively, you may also click the advanced search link to specify available funding by program level, award category and/or award amount.

Although financial support cannot be guaranteed to all graduate students in all programs, we encourage you to inquire about financial assistance with your Graduate Coordinator in your program of study. You may also contact the Graduate Funding Officer in the Faculty of Graduate Studies to learn more about your graduate funding options.

Conditions of Graduate Awards

Graduate scholarships are based on academic merit. Graduate bursaries are based on financial need, although there may be a merit component to the bursary. Where the award designates that an application is required, only those students who have submitted the specified application by the deadline will be considered for those awards. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered. Only successful applicants will be notified.

Recipients of scholarships, awards and bursaries must be registered in order to receive funding. Graduate awards are applied to any outstanding balance on the student's account. Students are entitled to their awards only after their fees are paid in full. Only students with credit account balances will be refunded the balance of the overpayment. Overpayment refunds of these awards will be issued at the end of September, January and May each year.

The University reserves the right to make changes without prior notice to the terms, conditions and award values listed in this section and in the University Calendar.

The most up-to-date internal awards and applications are on our new award system MyAwards

Graduate Studies Funding Database

How to Apply:

Applying Directly to the Office of the Secretariat

You must submit applications for admission directly to the Joint PhD in Educational Studies Program, Office of the Secretariat. For more application information as well as how to apply, please click the following link:

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Additional Application Information

In order for your application to be complete, you must submit the following information to the Office of the Secretariat:

  • Completed on-line application
  • Two complete sets of official transcripts
  • Reference reports and supporting letters from two academic referees
  • Academic curriculum vitae
  • Evidence of research competence (as required)
  • Research plan
  • IELTS/TOEFL (if applicable)
  • Application fee of $110.00 to be paid on-line

Next Steps

Registration Procedures

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Check to make sure all of your course selections are currently being offered by referring to the University Course Calendar and the University Course Time Tables.

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