Educational Policy and Leadership PhD

Degree Level: PhD

Department: Educational Policy and Leadership

School or College: School of Education

Track: Higher Education Leadership, School Leadership, Educational Policy, Global Comparative Education Policy

Program Curriculum:

Required Credentials




Supplemental Documents

All Schools Attended

(applicants may submit up to 5 letters; see Special Notes below)

Personal Statement of Goals, Educational Leadership Essay (see Special Notes below), Academic Writing Sample (see Special Notes below)



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Special Notes:

Candidates should not use letters, personal statement of goals or resume submitted for a prior application. Wherever possible, at least two of the letters of recommendation should be from faculty members, at least one of those from a full-time faculty member.  Wherever possible, applicants should submit an English-language sample of their academic work (e.g., course term paper).

Please submit an educational leadership essay responding to the following question. The response should not exceed 800 words. 

Identify a current state, national, or international problem, dilemma, or controversial situation affecting educational leaders in either the k-12 or higher education fields.  Describe the nature of the issue, effective strategies for addressing the issue, and the role of an effective leader in implementing those strategies.    


Please note: This program offers an internship, field experience, study abroad component, or clinical experience in the course listing as an option to fulfill course requirements. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions. If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.

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