Claremont Graduate University offers a joint doctoral program in Education with San Diego State University (SDSU) for residents of San Diego and Imperial Counties. Nonresidents must be willing to relocate to one of these counties and provide evidence of their move. Initial review of applicants is conducted by SDSU and then by CGU.
In addition to the information below, please refer to the extended program description on the SDSU website.
Program Features and Restrictions
Joint Program Guidelines. Extensive policies and procedures are provided on the Registrar’s Office webpages. Admitted students are students of both CGU and SDSU and must follow all student policies of each campus. In particular, enrollment is required at one of the campuses each semester. Changes of student status must be reported to and approved by each institution.
Degree Conferral. Upon successful completion of the program, the student earns a doctoral degree jointly conferred by CGU and SDSU. Students must be registered at both campuses during the semester of degree completion and must follow the policies, procedures, and deadlines of each campus for declaring their candidacy and for graduation.
Advising. Students are jointly advised by supervisor and dissertation committees consisting of two full-time faculty from each campus. Committee members are selected by the student.
Fellowships. Joint doctoral students are not eligible for tuition fellowships from CGU.
Coursework. A minimum of 72 units are required for the doctoral degree in Education. Coursework should consist of the following.
- 24 doctoral units from CGU, including EDUC 580A - Proseminar for Doctoral Study and EDUC 580B - Capstone for Doctoral Research
- 24 doctoral units from SDSU
- 24 Master’s units
Joint doctoral students may not enroll in independent study activities at CGU and are not required to enroll in a transdisciplinary course as part of their programs.
Academic Work and Research Tools. Students must complete the equivalent of one academic year of work and one research tool at each campus. Students admitted Fall 2019 or later must also complete a third research tool, which can be taken at either campus.
Program Outline. Guidelines regarding completion and submission of a program outline are detailed in the doctoral degree in Education section of the Bulletin. Joint doctoral students submit the outline to CGU upon completion of 12-20 units.
Qualifying Examinations. Two qualifying exams are required, co-supervised by a faculty member from each campus.
University Policies. University policies detailed in the Academic Policies section of the Bulletin apply.