Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education (Disability Studies)

Disability Studies is part of Cultural Foundations of Education. You will receive a Ph.D. or Master’s degree in Education.

Both Master’s and doctoral students are prepared to play leadership roles in the field of disability. For master’s students, future careers include administrative and policy positions in community service agencies, advocacy organizations, independent living centers, parent centers, planning councils, and government agencies. Doctoral students are prepared for a variety of academic, research, and policy positions. Although all students receive training in Disability Studies, each student’s program of study is different, depending on individual backgrounds and interests.

In addition to Disability Studies, those interested in the public administration and policy are directed to courses and faculty Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, and those interested in gender are encouraged to pursue studies in Syracuse’s Women and Gender Studies program and the Gender and Education concentration within Cultural Foundations of Education.

Students are prepared to conduct research and teach courses in both Disability Studies and at least one additional academic discipline.

Ph.D. Requirements:

  • A minimum of 90 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree; one half of the credits, excluding dissertation hours, may be transferred from another university with the advisor’s approval.
  • A minimum of 12 credits of research methodology.
  • A research apprenticeship (journal quality scholarly article) completed under the supervision of a faculty member.
  • Qualifying examinations.
  • Dissertation (typically, doctoral students register for 12 to 24 dissertation credit hours during the course of their studies).


 For more information

  • For information on graduate Disability Studies (including the CAS in Disability Studies) or general questions about the program, please contact professor Alan Foley at or 315-443-5087.  For general information on graduate programs in the Department of Cultural Foundations of Education, please contact Maryann Barker at or 315-443-3851.