Graduate Programs

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.

Professor Richard Reddick leads a graduate seminar

Program in Higher Education Leadership

The PHEL doctoral program prepares students in the scholarly study of higher education. Through research across departments within the university, students gain first-hand experience into effective applications, policies, and leadership skills used in academia by faculty and staff. Students learn how university functions advocate for social justice, and support increasingly diverse student populations.

Ed.D. Ph.D.

Graduate students enjoying a lecture.

College and University Student Personnel Administration Masters Program

The College and University Student Personnel Administration (CUSPA) M. Ed. program develops the knowledge and skills necessary for students to become professional administrators at the college or university level. Students are prepared for careers in areas such as student housing, leadership development, fundraising and development, financial aid, admissions, health education, and similar programs in higher education institutions.


Dr. Ruben Olivarez teaches class as students look on.

Cooperative Superintendency Program

This program Prepares students with the skills, knowledge, and real world experiences to provide direction within a dynamic educational landscape. Students are engaged through content focusing on superintendency preparation, as well as for positions in state education agencies, education research centers, and executive level positions in both urban and suburban districts.


A professor interacts with a student in class

Education Policy and Planning Program

This interdisciplinary program focuses on preparing the next generation of scholars, researchers, and analysts who will significantly impact public education. Through vigorous coursework and innovative research, students examine important topics and issues in public schools to better inform policies that benefit all students.

M.Ed. Ph.D.

Graduate students listen as a classmate delivers a presentation.

Principalship Program

This program develops collaborative and effective leadership skills that are required for a successful school principal. By blending theory and practice through relevant coursework and first-hand experience working with a local school, students identify and address the school’s areas of need through quantitative and qualitative data analysis.



Jennifer Holme - Graduate Advisor

Facilitates the administrative processing of admissions, matriculation, and graduation, as well as overseeing curriculum, funding, doctoral candidacy and dissertations.

Hortensia Palomares - Graduate Program Coordinator II

Performs the administrative processing of admissions, registration, enrollment, academic appointments, scholarships, doctoral candidacy, graduation, and maintaining academic records.