The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy offers graduate programs that develop thought leaders and administrators for public school, college and university settings. These master’s and doctoral programs focus on current and important topics, and the policies that positively influence modern education.

Students are prepared to become leaders and role models, with extensive leadership and policy knowledge gained through research alongside faculty. Each program has a focus on diversity and equity of education for all students at all levels of education. Graduate students learn the importance of collaboration between administrators and their educational community that promotes successful learning and opportunity.

Graduate Programs

M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy

Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy

Executive Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership

Education Policy and Planning Program

Texas Principal Leadership Academy

Cooperative Superintendency Program


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Kelsey Samsel
Graduate Coordinator

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Jennifer Holme
Graduate Advisor

Huriya Jabbar Selected for the 2021 Early Career Award from AERA

The award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) recognizes a scholar in the early stages of their career who has conducted a distinguished program of cumulative education research.

Angela Valenzuela Named to the National Academy of Education

Induction into the Academy is one of the highest career honors that can be bestowed upon an education scholar.

Edwin Sharpe Looks Back on More Than 40 Years at The University of Texas at Austin

In the summer of 2021, Dr. Sharpe sat down for a series of conversations with doctoral student Daniel Becton following the announcement of his retirement.