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Contemporary Learning and Interdisciplinary Research (CLAIR)

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Degree: PhD

Start Semester: Fall

Campus: Lincoln Center


Career Path: The program prepares graduates to be competitive in diverse settings and fields in which education is at the fore, including non-profits, businesses, the entertainment industry, museums, the arts, and schools. 

The Contemporary Learning and Interdisciplinary Research (CLAIR) PhD program caters to students in search of cutting edge, cross-disciplinary solutions to current and anticipated issues in the very nature and delivery of education. The program structures that search through coursework in quantitative and qualitative research methods, and in principles of learning, instruction, and appreciation and promotion of diversity. Students also partake in internships to gain first-hand experience of the different venues in which education occurs.

Guided by the belief that education should be transformative, this unique program fosters ethical, versatile, and collaborative scholars who embrace multiple paradigms of inquiry to understand and improve contemporary learning environments.

Through the perspective of multiple paradigms and the use of multiple methodologies, research teams of university faculty and CLAIR students generate new knowledge, test hypotheses, and solve problems related to contemporary learning.


Application Deadline: March 15

Browse the Admissions section for more about the application and financial aid processes.

Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Applicants must have a Master's degree with a minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Official transcripts
  • GRE Score
  • C.V. or Resume
  • Personal Statements (Part 1: Your background in teaching, learning, and research and how it relates to the CLAIR program; Part 2: Your research interests)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation


GSE Admissions

CLAIR Program Director
Dr. Fran Blumberg