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Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #161 (BCR) Iowa City, IA, United States
The Doctor of Philosophy program in educational policy and leadership studies with a subprogram in educational leadership requires a minimum of 90 s.h. of graduate credit.
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The program prepares scholarly professionals for leadership positions in a wide range of educational and public sector settings. Students acquire strong backgrounds in leadership, policy, and research. They equip themselves to discover, integrate, and apply knowledge as transformational leaders.

The Doctor of Philosophy program in educational policy and leadership studies with a subprogram in higher education and student affairs requires 90 s.h. of graduate credit. The program prepares faculty and scholar practitioners for leadership positions in student affairs and academic administration and for positions as graduate faculty members, leaders in conducting research about college students and higher education, policy analysts in postsecondary institutions and in public or private agencies, and teachers and academic leaders at two-year and four-year colleges.

The program integrates the academic experience with the cocurricular learning experiences of students and studies the outcomes of both. The curriculum is organized around three core areas: higher education administration and policy; teaching, learning, and the college experience; and diversity, equity, and foundations of higher education. Students take courses in each area and specialize in one.

The higher education administration and policy area studies organizational policy, leadership, and change. It helps administrators develop expertise in planning, evidence-based decision making, and effective leadership and organizational management. Individuals interested in enrollment management and institutional research should find this area appealing.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Common Courses
  • Cognate Courses
  • Electives
  • Concentration Area Courses
  • Research Courses
  • Dissertation

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Apply Online: To begin the general graduate application process, set up an account with an existing email address and password
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • An application for graduate funding
  • A master’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00, or the foreign equivalent as determined by the Office of Admissions
  • English Proficiency Requirements: International applicants whose first language is not English must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for admission to the university

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30489 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30489 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    32039 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32039 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State

    13094 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13094 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Iowa City

  • 1187 - 1850 USD/month
    Living Costs

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