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

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
Application deadline: Dec. 1
Additional materials:
Doctoral program checklist [PDF]
Graduate assistantship application [PDF]


  • VCU Graduate School requirements
  • Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, teaching and learning, educational philosophy or related discipline
  • Transcripts from previous academic work
  • Satisfactory GRE scores (usually 300 or better)
  • Written essay addressing your career interests
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV with academic and work history
  • A personal interview and writing sample may be requested

For more details about these admission requirements, please see:
Doctoral program checklist [PDF]

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Jenna Lenhardt, Ph.D.