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Contemporary Learning and Interdisciplinary Research (CLAIR)

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Degree: PhD

Start Semester: Fall

Campus: Lincoln Center

Full-time/Part-time: Both

Career Path: Graduates of the program are prepared for a variety of roles, including instructional leaders, teacher educators, program evaluators, educational researchers, academics, diversity trainers/multicultural educators, and professionals who work in industries that design educational materials, curriculum, and assessments.

The PhD program in Contemporary Learning and Interdisciplinary Research (CLAIR) is committed to finding innovative solutions that address the multifaceted challenges of education in a technologically complex, globalized world.

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 Deadlines

April 15, 2018 (for a Fall 2018 semester start)

In order to support the competitive selection of the CLAIR program, GSE will only be accepting new cohorts every other year. We are currently accepting applications for the fall 2018 semester. All application and admission requirements remain the same.

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

Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Applicants must have a Master's degree
  • Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA and minimum 3.5 graduate GPA Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • GRE or MAT Scores
  • 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)
  • Academic Writing Samples
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • $70 Application Fee
  • Interview


Browse course schedules and descriptions

All CLAIR students are required to complete 45 credits of coursework prior to beginning dissertation work.

Research Core (18 credits)

  • Foundations of Interdisciplinary Research I & II (6 credits)
  • Critique of Research (3 credits)
  • Advanced Seminar in Interdisciplinary Research I, II, & III (3 credits)
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods (3 credits)
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods (3 credits)

Contemporary Learning Core (6 credits)

  • Sociopolitical Dimensions of Education (3 credits)
  • Research or Content Modules (3 credits)

Contemporary Learning Content (minimum 12 credits)

Courses that count toward specialization are negotiated with the academic advisor. Courses may be taken from any GSE Division with approval.

Electives (9 credits)

Cognates include courses outside of specialization. Students may also take elective courses that enhance an interdisciplinary specialization or focus on research methodology.

Capstone Project (0 credits)

The Capstone Project is an independent research project that serves as a comprehensive assessment and the final gateway to doctoral candidacy.

Dissertation Seminar (3 credits every semester enrolled)

Must be enrolled for duration of Dissertation phase until successfully defended


GSE Admissions


CLAIR Program
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