About the course

The PhD in Education epitomizes the departmental, and by extension the University’s philosophy, of commitment to high level scholarship,  research, teaching, faithfulness to the Evangelical faith and tradition, and the desire to produce men and women who can transform the landscape of education in Africa and beyond from a Christian world and life view.

In a rapidly expanding field, students should be able to understand and critique the broader issues and policies  that inform and affect educational research, planning and implementation in various contexts with the view of transforming those contexts according to the missional agenda of God.

The programme therefore seeks to bring Christian influence on the education frontier, going beyond the perspective of education as information, on to education as formation and eventually education as holistic transformation—intellectually, socially and spiritually.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education has the following specializations:

•    Child Development & Family Studies
•    Church Education
•    Curriculum & Instruction
•    Educational Leadership & Administration

Rationale of the Program

African realities
The Doctor of Philosophy in Education is an advanced research-based, highly individualized course of study in a specialized area of education beyond the Master of Arts (or Master of Divinity) in Education.

The focus of the programme is to prepare candidates in the African setting for teaching, leadership and administration of educational programmes in public and private settings as well as in the emerging area of specialized ministry to children and the family.

This is in view of the growing strain on the social institutions of the family and the home, including children-at-risk.

The programme allows candidates with concentration in any of four areas of education focus at the Master’s level to proceed further to an advanced research level.

The PhD in education at AIU is a final upgrade of the MPhil degree, which all along was a pre-doctoral course of study.

Needs assessed from AIU alumni and other graduates
The education department at AIU has been in existence for almost thirty years, during which it has trained men and women at the Master’s level, who have engaged in both church and public schools in areas such as Christian teachers, curriculum designers, school administrators, educational entrepreneurs, trainers of trainers and care givers—with a difference!

A distinctive of the AIU programme is in the emphasis on values in education, values informed by a Christian perspective and the quest to integrate faith, learning and life. A number of AIU education graduates have therefore distinguished themselves as Christian teachers, administrators, care givers and so forth.

The time has now come for an advanced level programme to address the yearnings of the scores of those who have undergone graduate level training as Christian educators at AIU over the years, and those of a growing number of educators who embrace the value distinctive of AIU’s programmes.

The PhD in education at AIU will therefore initially focus on advanced level knowledge and research in teaching, designs, administration and management of educational programmes.

In the future, the areas of focus are bound to grow with increasing demand and growth in capacity within the department.

The goal of the programme
The PhD in education is driven by a growing need to prepare, at the highest level, leaders and managers for public and private institutions of higher learning, who could in turn prepare middle-level educators, that are informed by theory and practice from current knowledge and research in teaching, designs, administration and management of educational programmes.

These ones would be able to make a difference through the interface of their professional knowledge and skills with a Christian world and life view.

Expected Learning Outcomes of the Programme
Those completing the PhD in Education at AIU are expected to demonstrate the following qualities:
1.    Growth in discipleship as evidenced by Christian spiritual maturity and integrity
2.    Ability to nurture others through mentorship and discipleship
3.    Develop potential for growth in advanced competencies in teaching, planning, administration and management of education programmes, care giving and holistic child development
4.    Develop creative competencies as innovative and critical thinkers and entrepreneurs
5.    Integration of their faith with academic learning and practical life
6.    Broad-based competence in specific subject areas
7.    Competency in primary research within a chosen area of educational focus.

Admission requirements

Students admitted into the Doctor of Philosophy in Education must meet the following requirements in addition to other University requirements:

1.    Have completed relevant MA in Education from a recognized university, and have achieved a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA on a 4-point scale or equivalent of upper second class.
2.    A minimum of 12 credit hours of Bible and 12 credit hours of Theology at the degree level is an added advantage, for the purpose of required proficiency in biblical and theological integration.
3.    Demonstrate ability to do research as evidenced in prior formal course work in Research Methods at the post-graduate level and
4.    Articulate a very tentative research proposal in an area of specialization, which will enable the Department assign a suitable mentor for the candidate in the pursuit of his/her area of interest.

Prerequisite courses
Applicants with deficiencies at the Master’s level are required to remove these through Master’s level course work, which will not count towards the PhD.

Language requirements
Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. Applicants whose previous university studies have not been conducted in English must submit a TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper version) or the equivalent: a TOEFL CBT (computer version) score of at least 200; a TOEFL IBT (internet version) score of at least 100; an IELTS score of at least 8; or a Cambridge Exam ranking of at least CPE.

In that AIU is a Christian institution, applicants must demonstrate Christian maturity and high moral integrity.
Since pursuing a doctoral degree could be arduous and demanding, applicants should also demonstrate that they are capable, competent, hardworking and determined, and that they enjoy the support of their family and/or constituencies of interest.

Guidelines for processing applications
1.    The applicant sends the application form and the required accompanying documents to the AIU Admissions Office.
2.    Once there is sufficient documentation, the Admissions Office sends the application dossier to the Graduate Studies Board for processing and onward transmission to the Education Department.
3.    The Head of Department presents the application for a recommendation at the departmental level, which decision is captured in the minutes of the Department. The relevant minute and recommendations are then forwarded by the Head of Department with the application dossier to the Dean of Graduate Studies, who then seeks the approval of the Graduate Studies Board.
4.    In cases where the department wishes to waive an admissions requirement, the matter must be referred to the Graduate Studies Board, whose decision on admission is final.


The PhD in Education comprises essentially two phases (Seminar and Research), with two options as suits individual needs. Those who lack certain prescribed competencies at admission may be required to take Master’s level courses, as prerequisites.

  •  Option 1: comprises the Seminar phase (duration of 1 year), taken in residence and covering six seminars (2 critical thinking, 2 methods and 2 in concentration area) for a total of 24hrs. This phase is immediately followed by a qualifying exam that must be completed successfully in order to achieve candidacy. Then comes the Research phase of 2 – 3 years duration (32hrs. total), during which candidates work under close supervision of mentors in their areas of research.
  • This first option suits candidates who come with the necessary competencies in their subject areas as judged by the Department, during the admissions process, from their academic transcripts.
  • Option 2: is a “Tri-breed design,” which may better suit the needs of certain kind of student, based on assessments at the admissions stage. This option comprises: a seminar/taught phase (4 months) unlike the first option, at which time the student takes two seminars, targeting critical thinking specifically directed at Philosophical, Theological, Sociological and Psychological Foundations at a most advanced level, as suits the student’s needs. These are geared toward the development of critical thinking and integration directed at specified education disciplines. This stage may take no more than four months. It is then followed by a strictly seminar phase (8 months), in which attention is focused on preparation for the research phase. Like the first option, it comprises two research methods seminars and two seminars in the area of specialization.
  • Following the successful completion of the first year, Students are required to successfully complete the qualifying examination at the end of their first year, after which they may commence the next phase.
  • The third stage is the research phase of 2 – 3 years (32hrs. total).

Mode of delivery

•    Provision is made for cohort-based/modular format in the first year of the programme, while students are required to attend three contact sessions to complete the seminar/taught cycle. Thereafter the PhD candidate may choose to stay on in residence for the purpose of quality concentrated time during the research cycle of 2-3 years or come on part-time basis.
•    Whether the full-time or part-time option is adopted following the first year, term-by-term scheduled meetings between the mentor and the candidate will be reported by the mentor in writing, signed by both parties, to the HOD and copied to the Graduate School (consult section 5.7.8 below on Submission and evaluation of candidate’s progress reports).

Fee structure

Total tuition 126,000
Admin Charges 16,525
Total tuition fee per semester 142,525
Total per Year 427,575

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