Education Policy Analysis and Leadership Ph.D. Program

Sound policies and skilled leadership are essential to producing effective and equitable solutions for all populations in educational settings. Our Ph.D. in Education Policy and Leadership prepares 
you with the intellectual and methodological skills to conduct and interpret research that guides contemporary education policy systems toward solutions. We offer doctoral students an engaging course of study and meaningful collaboration with nationally recognized faculty in the conduct of high-quality research and policy analysis. Our interdisciplinary program of scholarly learning will help you to place educational policy research in the broader context of civic governance, community social services and support for healthy children and communities. As a student, you will be a member of a small cohort and gain sophisticated research skills that are in demand by K-12 school systems, colleges and universities, research think tanks, nonprofit research development and evaluation organizations, and federal and state agencies. Located in the heart of the Inland Empire and nestled against Box Spring Mountain, our campus is situated in a living laboratory characterized by its economic vibrancy and demographic diversity. Our students benefit from studying, living, and working here and emerge prepared to tackle problems of educational policy and practice facing populations increasingly diverse and multicultural in nature.

years to complete
unit minimum
students receive multi-year fellowships

Program Overview

UC Riverside Graduate Education student

Some of the courses you may take include:

EDUC 209: Education Policy Analysis
EDUC 210: Sociology of Education
EDUC 214A: Introduction to Quantitative Methods

The full-time program is offered on a quarter calendar beginning in Fall. Students typically complete two years of course work, including required methods and content courses, followed by written and oral exams, before completing their dissertation research and defending their dissertation.

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Student in the program follow these steps to degree completion:

  1. Complete coursework
  2. Written qualifying exam
  3. Oral qualifying exam/pre-proposal
  4. Proposal approved by dissertation committee
  5. Dissertation and final defense

Students are eligible to become:

  • Researchers in Higher Education Institutions
  • Policy Analyst
  • K-12 School Administrators

Meet the Education Policy Analysis and Leadership Faculty

We encourage prospective students to reach out to faculty whose research interests align with their own.

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Related Research

Faculty research areas include:

  • Civic and democratic education
  • Digital media
  • Educational equity/inequality
  • Policy analysis
  • School reform
  • Social and emotional learning and development
  • Teacher and school evaluation and improvement
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