PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis with Emphasis in Educational Policy Studies

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements12
Social Theory in Education
Educational Leadership
Educational Policy Analysis
Organizational Analysis
Research Requirements15
Introduction to Research Design
Qualitative Methods in Educational Research I
Qualitative Methods in Educational Research I
Quantitative Foundations in Educational Research (*)
Qualitative or Quantitative II course
ED_LPA 9410Proseminar in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis3
Emphasis Area (one of the areas below)18
Educational Policy Studies18
Higher Education18
Electives selected with advisor and committee approval (may include additional research, ELPA, or outside ELPA courses)
Dissertation6 minimum

* ESC_PS 7170: Introduction to Education Statistics is the formal pre-requisite to ESC_PS 8850 and does not count toward your doctoral program plan.

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Sample Plan of Study

First Year
ED_LPA 94003ED_LPA 94013 
ED_LPA 94023ED_LPA 94093 
ED_LPA 94103Emphasis 13 
 9 9  
Second Year
ED_LPA 94033Emphasis 33 
Research Methods 13Emphasis 43 
Emphasis 23Research Methods 23 
 9 9  
Third Year
Emphasis 53Elective 23ED_LPA 90901
Elective 13Elective 33 
Research Methods 33Emphasis 63 
 9 9 1
Fourth Year
ED_LPA 90902ED_LPA 90902ED_LPA 90901
 2 2 1
Total Credits: 60

For information about the qualifying process, comprehensive examination process, and dissertation examination, please contact the department.


Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and the minimum requirements of the Graduate School. Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program's graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility and application process. Your application materials will be reviewed by both the Graduate School and the degree program to which you’ve applied before official admission to the University of Missouri.

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