Ph.D. in Education, Concentration in Educational Leadership, Policy and Justice

Dr. Tameshia Grimes, director of equity & student support services for Chesterfield County Public Schools, speaks at the 14th Annual MERC Conference in 2017.

The educational leadership, policy and justice concentration is designed to cultivate educational scholars and leaders who will advance scholarship, policy and practice related to equity and social justice.

Drawing on an interdisciplinary study of leadership and policy, the program promotes an understanding of the many societal and organizational impediments to equal educational opportunity.

This concentration is directed not only toward identifying and analyzing those injustices, but also toward imagining, researching and creating more equitable, inclusive schools and societies through leadership and policy. The dissertation is a rigorous culminating tool for research, advocacy and change within educational organizations and endeavors. Graduates will be prepared to lead for equity in K-12 organizations, higher education, research and policy think tanks or local, state and federal policymaking institutions.

Curriculum requirements

The Ph.D. in education, concentration in educational leadership, policy and justice requires a minimum of 48 total graduate credit hours:

Degree requirements for the Ph.D. in education, concentration in educational leadership, policy and justice »

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.



How to apply: Graduate application
Semester of entry: Fall and summer
Application deadline: Jan. 15
Faculty listing: Educational Leadership
Faculty areas of interest: Research areas


  • 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 writing sample (may be requested)
  • Professional vitae/resume

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Jenna Lenhardt, Ph.D.