Learning, Leadership and Education Policy

The Learning, Leadership, and Education Policy Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program offers three concentrations: Adult Learning, Leadership and Policy, and Sport Management. These three concentration areas provide Ph.D. students with the opportunity to link their professional and academic goals to scholarship, faculty resources, and curriculum that are designed to meet their interests in adult learning, educational leadership, education policy, and sport management. With one concentration primarily focusing on learning theory, one on theories of policy and leadership, and one on management theories students can maintain distinct academic identities while simultaneously applying lenses of social justice and organizational change to their work in and with complex organizations. The Ph.D. program is foremost a research degree designed for those who aspire to conduct and critically apply research in their careers. Students pursuing this degree take on roles as faculty members, researchers, government employees, policy scholars, or organizational leaders. The Ph.D. in Learning, Leadership and Education Policy does not have a related area or foreign language requirement.

Adult Learning Requirements. The Adult Learning Concentration Plan of Study includes 15 credits of core coursework, 12 or more credits in area of concentration and electives, nine or more credits in research design and methods, 15 credits of Doctoral Dissertation credits, completion of a general examination, completion of a successful defense of the dissertation proposal, and successful dissertation defense.

Leadership and Policy Requirements. The Leadership and Education Policy concentration Plan of Study includes 15 credits of core coursework, 12 or more credits in the concentration, nine or more credits in research design and methods, 15 credits of Doctoral Dissertation preparation credits, completion of a comprehensive examination and successful dissertation defense.

Sport Management Requirements. The Sport Management concentration Plan of Study includes 15 credits of core coursework, nine credits in the concentration, nine or more credits in research design and methods, nine or more credits in a cognate area, 15 credits of Doctoral Dissertation preparation credits, completion of general exams and successful dissertation defense.

The programs are offered by the Neag School of Education.