Program Overview

Choice of an appropriate graduate school is indeed an important decision for you. The program you choose should be one that will meet your unique goals. Your choice may also be influenced by admission requirements, as well as opportunities for financial assistance.

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy offers programs that prepare students for both higher education (college and university) and k-12 leadership positions. Both programs offer master's and doctoral degrees that emphasise the importance of creating efficient learning environments that work for all types of students. 

All applications to our programs receive careful consideration. You are strongly encouraged to begin the application process as soon as possible. 

Program in Higher Education Leadership (PHEL)

The Program in Higher Education Leadership is devoted to the scholarly study of higher education, its students and institutions, and their places in society with a focus on equity and inclusion. The program emphasizes preparation for careers in a variety of college and university settings and is oriented toward the application of theory and knowledge development through research.

Students completing a PHEL doctoral degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) are prepared towards careers in academia (the professoriate), leadership, and administration.

The College and University Student Personnel Administration Master’s Program is designed to develop knowledgeable and skilled professional administrators for student affairs practice.

Public School Executive Leadership (PSEL)

The Public School Executive Leadership (PSEL) program is committed, in all of its program area specializations, to leadership that facilitates the development of schools that create the conditions for academic high performance for literally all children from pre-k to 12th grade.  The Public School Executive Leadership unit consists of the following areas of specialization:

The Cooperative Superintendency Program (CSP) develops superintendents committed to high performance for all children district wide.

The Educational Policy and Planning Program (EPP) develops policy analysts and researchers with this same commitment.

The Principalship Program (UTAPP) develops similar leadership at the campus level.

In addition, in all of these endeavors, PSEL is committed to state and national leadership in the advocacy for high academic performance for all children, regardless of their differences.