Ph.D. in OLPD
Comparative and International Development Education

This Comparative and International Development Education (CIDE) track program prepares you to conduct research and provide sophisticated consultation into how schools and educational systems across the world reflect varied cultural, economic, and political contexts, and how forces like globalization, internationalization, and intercultural and educational exchanges influence individual and community learning and experiences.

Your contributions to research will help policymakers, scholars, and school systems all over the world to understand more deeply how education can aid in the creation of equitable and just communities through the design of policies and programs that support authentic learning and development.

A unique feature of this program is its cohort approach to doctoral education. Students in both the on-campus program and in the blended Leadership in Intercultural and International Education (LIIE) cohort form life-long professional relationships with their peers through common courses designed to build community and establish supportive networks. Although the curriculum allows students to select many of their own classes, our graduates consistently note the beneficial nature of the common core courses for their professional development.

About our students

Obafemi O. Ogunleye photo

"In thinking of what it will take to develop African countries for the 21st century and beyond, the most effective solution, I see, is quality education. Specifically, quality higher education is key due to its ability to produce a pool of working professionals while supporting the development of growing industries. My role as a scholar is to observe and critically analyze how institutions might benefit, or be harmed, by the effects of an increasingly globalized higher education system."

Obafemi Ogunleye


Doctoral students in Comparative and International Development Education gain the capacity to:

  • Articulate and analyze historical and contemporary challenges in education across international and intercultural contexts.
  • Design meaningful, relevant research projects; collect, analyze, and interpret qualitative and quantitative data; and provide clear and actionable insights for policymakers and practitioners.
  • Develop and teach courses in comparative, international, and intercultural education; research methods; and allied fields (e.g., applied linguistics, inclusive education, leadership, and teacher education).
  • Become faculty members in top internationally-oriented academic programs across the nation and globe who apply theory to practice and use practice to build theory in addressing some of our most challenging educational issues and problems.
  • Become leaders in international development, international education, and intercultural education institutions who use their expertise to improve policy, school organization, classroom practices, and formal and informal learning in international and intercultural contexts.


Here are some career paths taken by recent PhD alumni:

  • Professor in the areas of education, education policy, and sociology
  • Associate provost for international programs
  • Chief of party, US Agency for International Development
  • Fellow in the Center for Universal Education at The Brookings Institution
  • Grants manager at The Ford Foundation


  • 72 credits completed in 3-5 years for full time students
  • Curriculum

How to apply


Jeremy Hernandez
Coordinator of Graduate Studies
612-626-9377 |

Roozbeh Shirazi
Coordinator of Graduate Programs in CIDE
612-624-2367 |