Educational Policy and Leadership
Ph.D. Program

Program Description

The educational policy and leadership programs prepare graduate students to assume educational leadership roles in the areas of study provided by its programs and specializations. A distinctive characteristic of the programs are their commitment to the development of professionals as agents of critical inquiry and social justice. This is done through a systematic focus on the social, cultural, philosophical and historical contexts of education. The educational policy and leadership programs seek to apply the university goals of Christian commitment and scholarship to settings related to educational practice and policy, especially in public and private schools and institutions of higher education.

The doctoral program is designed to foster the development of scholars-practitioners. It asks students not only to inquire deeply into the process of teaching and learning, but also how the organization of schooling shapes this process. In addition, the program asks students to acquire adjacent disciplinary strengths that provide contexts for considering what knowledge is of most worth, how forms of knowledge are socially distributed and what educational measures might help bring about a more just society. Students are expected to gain expertise in research that will enable them to contribute to the ways we think about education, and they are expected to develop technological and other practical skills that will enable them to implement strategies for change.

Visit the department web page for more detailed program information.

Requirements and course work can be found on the Graduate School bulletin.

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Application Deadline

Jan. 15. Applicant files must be completed by this date for admission consideration to the doctoral program. Applicants will be notified by March 15.

Application Requirements

  • Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
  • A completed online application form and fee.
  • Copies of all from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.*
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant's ability to do graduate-level work.
  • A personal statement of purpose that includes professional and academic goals.
  • A resume that includes professional and educational experiences.
  • A sample of scholarly writing, such as a master’s thesis or a published article.
  • GRE scores (General Test only)
  • For International Applicants only: A TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • An interview and/or writing test may be required of applicants following the initial screening.

Merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) is available. Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.

For more information including faculty and coursework, visit the department web page for more detailed program information.

Graduate Program Recruiter

Mary Wacker

phone: (414) 288-0327