Educational Policy and Leadership
Ph.D. Program

Be the difference in educational policy and leadership

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 and scholarship to settings related to educational practice and policy, especially in public and private schools and institutions of higher education. 

What to expect out of the EDPL PhD program

Through this program, we develop educational scholar-practitioners, researchers, and leaders who possess the commitment, perspective and skills to implement strategies for greater equity in a variety of educational settings.

Students inquire deeply in the foundational knowledge of education, exploring how the organization of schools, institutions of higher education and society shape educational processes.

Students gain theoretical knowledge in specific disciplinary/topical concentrations, enabling them to further examine educational practice in a chose context.

Finally, students acquire expertise in research methods with equip them to advance and enact education knowledge. The program supports EDPL PhD graduates to work actively to create a more just society.

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

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  • A completed online application form and fee.
  • Copies of all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.1
  • 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.
    • Our program aspires to train and develop people from diverse communities to be difference makers. Please discuss how this program orientation matches your interests.
    • What are your professional aspirations? Why are you interested in pursuing a PhD? How will a PhD help you meet your future goals?
    • Which Marquette Faculty members match with your research interests and why?
    • How have your educational and/or professional experiences prepared you for a Ph.D. program?
  • 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.