Ph.D. in Education, Concentration in Urban Services Leadership
The urban services leadership concentration prepares future researchers, faculty and practitioners for leadership roles in academic, government and community based for-profit and non-profit organizations. Doctoral students will utilize a multidisciplinary approach to develop a broad understanding of the critical issues and challenges in adult learning and subsequently apply that understanding to the planning, implementation and evaluation of adult learning and educational programs and initiatives.
Applicants are expected to have experience working with adult learners in organizational, community, government, higher education, health care or nonprofit settings or within the community in roles as faculty, faculty developers, trainers, human resource development and organizational development professionals, adult literacy educators, or other roles in which they are actively involved in the teaching and training of adult learners.
Our graduates have taken on roles in medical education, community service with non-profit organizations, school divisions, for profit organizations, government organizations, as well as in academia. Our multidisciplinary concentration allows students to focus on specific areas of interest in which adult learners will be involved.
The Ph.D. in education, concentration in urban services leadership requires a minimum of 48 total graduate credit hours:
Please keep in mind, however, that the exact course requirements may vary depending on when you matriculated into the program, so please consult your adviser or the program coordinator with any additional questions.
VCU BULLETIN INFO
How to apply: Graduate application
Semester of entry: Summer or fall
Application deadline: Jan. 15
Extended Summer/Fall Deadline: March 15
Additional materials: VCU School of Education Graduate Assistantship Application
Faculty listing: Teaching and Learning
Faculty areas of interest: Research areas
Application checklist [PDF]
- General admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School
- Master’s degree in an appropriate discipline
- Three letters of recommendation addressing the student’s potential for graduate study in education
- Statement of intent
- Satisfactory scores on the GRE
- Transcripts of all previous college work
- A personal interview and additional writing sample (may be requested)
- Professional vitae/resume
FOR MORE IN-DEPTH INFO
The VCU Holmes Scholars Program is a selective program that provides accepted doctoral students from historically underrepresented groups with resources and professional development to best position them for tenure track faculty positions in high (R2) and very high (R1) research universities. Our cross-disciplinary scholars create a network that leverages the collective and individual strengths of each member to maximize their VCU School of Education program. Learn more about how we live our values through the Holmes program!
Alternate contact email for this program: SOEinfo@vcu.edu