Peabody College Vanderbilt University

Peabody College Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
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Tuition Cost Not Reported
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December 31
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5 Departments and Programs
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The Top Education College in the Country

Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of Education and Human Development is a top-ranked education school according to "U.S. News and World Report," and has been in the top 10 every year since 1996.

Peabody College is composed of five departments, a leading graduate school, and nationally recognized research centers. Peabody's master's, Ed.D., Ph.D., and professional development programs draw graduate students from around the world.

A Well-funded, Influential Research Program

Peabody has attracted numerous awards, federal grants, and other funding for its ongoing research. Their average funding of just over $24 million per year has subsidized wide-ranging, influential research into important issues, such as the effect of socio-economic factors in grade school and middle school education.

Graduate students at Peabody interact daily with leading research faculty. Students help develop new methodologies on human learning and observe their ideas play out in real life educational environments.

Important research findings in education, human development, public policy, organizational leadership, and psychology have benefited students with disabilities and strengthened both families and communities.

A Wide Range of Master's Programs

With its solid reputation for theory-driven practice, supported by over 15 research centers and outreach programs, Peabody offers M.Ed. degree programs that lead to job opportunities in research and in the classroom.

Master's programs are offered in child studies (psychology and human development), community development and action, education policy, elementary education (licensure only), English language learners, and higher education administration. Human development counseling degree students can specialize in either school or community counseling.

There are additional master's degree programs in clinical psychological assessment; international education policy and management; independent school leadership; learning, diversity, and urban studies; learning and instruction; leadership and organizational performance; quantitative methods (psychology and human development); reading education; and secondary education (licensure only). The special education degree is available with severe, modified high incidence, behavior analysis, and visual disabilities concentrations.

36-Month Ed.D. Program for Working Professionals

Peabody's 36-month Ed.D. program is designed for mid-career professionals that are interested in organizational operations. This program has also been cited by "U.S. News and World Report" as a leading program in its class.

A weekend-based curriculum, offered through the college's Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations, allows candidates to pursue one of two tracks.

The first track is K-12 educational leadership and policy, which prepares students to lead educational organizations or serve as educational association executives, government officials, and private sector consultants.

The other track, higher education leadership and policy, equips practitioners to operate colleges and universities, government agencies, professional associations, and consulting companies.

The Ph.D. in Special Education

Special education doctoral programs are designed to prepare students for a position of leadership in classrooms, research settings, or human service agencies. Ph.D. program areas include early childhood special education, high incidence disabilities, learning disabilities, low-incidence disabilities, severe and multiple disabilities, and visual impairments.

The Teaching and Learning Department has development, learning, and diversity (DLD) faculty members that engage in research and help doctoral students learn how individuals develop social competencies. DLD doctorates include other specializations in language, literacy, and culture, as well as mathematics and science education.

Doctoral Programs Extending the Horizons of Education

In the Human and Organizational Development Department, the Ph.D. in Community Research and Action (CRA) prepares students for academic or policy-related careers in applied community studies with a social justice orientation.

The Leadership, Policy, and Organizations Department's doctoral-level program in leadership and policy studies offers two concentrations: K-12 and higher education. The Ph.D. programs are designed for those who intend to build careers at colleges and universities as researchers, professors, and policy analysts studying K-12 or higher education issues, such as charter school reform or the effects of medicating students.

The clinical science program in Psychological Sciences at Vanderbilt University is comprised of the Department of Psychology and the Department of Psychology and Human Development and includes over 60 faculty members.

Psychological Sciences students complete a core set of required coursework, research, and clinical training that includes courses in behavior, human development, ethics, and other fields. Psychological Sciences doctoral students can specialize in clinical science, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive science, developmental science, neuroscience, or quantitative methods.

Successful Alumni and First-Rate Outcomes

Peabody alumni are found in a wide variety of academic and policy positions at top schools throughout the world. Graduates also go on to careers at various levels of industry, research, and government service.

Location & Contact

Peabody College

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN 37240-1001
United States

Dr. Camilla Benbow


Phone: 615-322-8407
Fax: 615-322-8501

Ms. Kimberly Brazil

Director of Graduate and Professional Admissions

Phone: 615-332-8410
Fax: 615-343-3474

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Education Doctor of Education (Ed D)
      Master of Education (M Ed)
      Master of Public Policy (MPP)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 315
    • Doctoral Degrees 22
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Comp Exam Required for some and Thesis optional
    • Doctoral Degrees Thesis Required and qualifying examinations, residency
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


63% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 1,488
    • Accepted 941
    • Acceptance Rate 63
    • Enrolled 377
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic Not Reported
    • Application Fee - International Not Reported
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 31st December 31st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 1st November 1st Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 15
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Traineeships, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students735
    • Female Percentage78%
    • Male Percentage22%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students735
    • Part-time Percentage30%
    • Full-time Percentage70%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino4%
    • Black / African American9%
    • White / Caucasian69%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian4%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown or International Student14%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty251
    • Full-time Percentage66%
    • Part-time Percentage34%
    • Female Percentage64%
    • Male Percentage36%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchNot Reported
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$38,155,517




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