Ph.D. in Education, Concentration in Urban Services Leadership

Dean Andrew Daire speaks to a group in the VCU School of Education's Oliver Hall.

The urban services leadership concentration has two focal areas with different emphases to develop leaders as scholars and practitioners in adult learning or health promotion and education.

For the adult learning emphasis, 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.

The health promotion and education focus is designed to prepare future researchers, faculty and practitioners for leadership roles in academic, government (local, state, national and international), voluntary health agencies and community-based and other health-related organizations. Doctoral students will utilize a multidisciplinary approach to develop a broad understanding of the critical issues and challenges in health promotion and health education and subsequently apply that understanding to the planning, implementation and evaluation of health promotion and education programs and initiatives.

Curriculum requirements

The Ph.D. in education, concentration in urban services leadership requires a minimum of 48 total graduate credit hours:

Degree requirements for the Ph.D. in education, concentration in urban services leadership »

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: Summer or fall
Application deadline: Jan. 15
Additional materials: Graduate assistantship application [PDF]
Faculty listing: Teaching and Learning
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.