Ph.D. in Education: Equity and Diversity in Education

The Equity and Diversity in Education strand prepares doctoral students with increased knowledge of equity and diversity issues in the field of education and skills in conducting empirical research.

Rolling Admission Deadlines
Spring: November 15
Fall: July 15

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Students in this program will develop one or two focused areas of scholarship in a major area of equity and diversity in education, such as:

  • gender
  • global/international/comparative education
  • intercultural/multicultural education
  • race/ethnicity
  • second language acquisition/multilingual education

Jobs that graduates of this program might seek include positions both inside and outside of education, for example, organizational development, human resources, training positions, comparative education, and educational development.

The Equity and Diversity in Education area of emphasis is guided by the general framework found in the Doctoral Program in Education Application Manual. This page will provide you with general information for the Ph.D. along with with specific details unique to this strand.


Applications at the program level are accepted on an ongoing ("rolling") basis. However, please note that the Graduate School has specific deadlines (November 15 for Spring; July 15 for Fall). If you miss the Graduate School deadline, you may still apply to be a Graduate Special to begin taking coursework for your intended first semester. Materials and criteria for the Equity and Diversity in Education area of emphasis are as follows:

  • Undergraduate and graduate GPA of 3.00 or higher
  • Graduate Record Exam score (GRE)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Statement of Intent that includes a Philosophy of Education
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • One sample of scholarly writing
  • Program application, checklist, and signed disposition form (last 5 pages in the Application Manual)

To get started on the application process, please contact Dr. Lynda Wiest, program coordinator, at Your main program application, checklist, and signed disposition form must be scanned and emailed to with the subject line "Application Materials for Equity and Diversity PhD." You may also print and mail them to:

College of Education Doctoral Program Coordinator
Mail Stop 278
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557-0278

All other materials must be sent through the University's application portal. Once you create your account, go back to MyNevada to log in and start your application. You must apply to both the College of Education and to the Graduate School. Please reach out to Dr. Wiest if you have any questions.

Program Structure

This program allows educators and those in related fields to enhance their knowledge, skills, and dispositions to work more effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds. See the program manual above for program requirements that apply to all doctoral students. Further, for this doctoral strand, students must choose at least two courses from the following:

  • CTL 730: Critical Theory and Pedagogy
  • EDUC 740: Social Class and Schooling
  • EDUC 761: Gender Issues in Education
  • EDUC 776: Seminar in Multicultural Education

Tuition, Cost, and Graduate Assistantships

Please see the University tuition and fee rates for information regarding costs and financial aid.

Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis through the College of Education, and applications are accepted through February 1 for fall of that year (September 1 for spring semester). Prospective students who indicate their interest in a graduate assistantship will be interviewed for one of multiple positions within the department following their application. Several highlights of a graduate assistantship include:

  • 20-hour work week
  • Stipend of approximately $1700/month (before taxes)
  • Tuition fee waiver (does not include fees such as room/board, textbooks, etc.)
  • Health insurance coverage through United Healthcare
  • In-state Nevada resident status
  • Funding to present at conferences through the support of the Graduate Student Association

Research Completed by Doctoral Students

This section is currently under construction. Please check back later!

Below are articles, posters, presentations, and more completed by our current doctoral students.

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Current students, you can submit your research project here.

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Program Faculty

Lynda Wiest, Professor and Program Coordinator
Lynda Wiest
Eleni Oikonomidoy, Associate Professor
Eleni Oikonomidoy
Graham Slater, Assistant Professor
Graham Slater

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Contact College of Education

Phone (775) 784-4298 (Undergraduate Advisement)
(775) 784-4345 (Main)
Fax (775) 784-6298
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