Recognizing the centrality of policy in education practice, the educational leadership PhD program gives current and aspiring leaders, policy analysts, and scholars the opportunity to critically examine and synthesize research, theories, practices, and policies, and conduct rigorous research that contributes to improving education.

Our doctoral students take courses with students in higher education and international education, helping them expand their perspectives beyond education in the United States. In doing so, they gain insight regarding leadership, organizational change and school reform, policies and politics, curriculum development, instructional improvement, and evaluation in both domestic and international contexts. Students also have the opportunity to work with the Center for Educational Policy, which manages externally funded grants and contracts.