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Become qualified for a career in educational policy analysis or leadership within P–12 educational research, government, academia, or non-profit sectors with our PhD in Educational Administration and Policy.

Program Highlights

  1. Taught by renowned faculty in educational leadership, policy, and law
  2. Based in Athens with coursework at the Gwinnett campus


The coursework offers two possible "cores," one in law and policy, and the other in administration and supervision. Both will prompt you to examine educational policy issues, scrutinize the current educational reform movement, and discover how to improve student learning and accountability within these contexts. You will also be exposed to multidisciplinary perspectives on educational policymaking, processes, and implementation.

Courses combine lectures and student-led discussions to provide you with a more comprehensive learning environment. You work closely with our faculty throughout your study, with opportunities for collaboration on funded research projects, articles for academic journals, and other policy- and leadership-related projects.

You fulfill 52 hours of coursework to meet this program's requirements, which includes a core, a specialization, an internship, research methods, and a dissertation. Both cores require the following:

  • Nine hours of core-specific courses
  • 12 (minimum) hours of research methodology courses
  • A three-hour dissertation support course
  • 12 (minimum) hours of specialization courses
  • A three-hour apprenticeship or internship course
  • Three or more pre-candidacy hours
  • 10 dissertation hours

The law and policy core courses examine roles of federal and state constitutions, legislation, regulations, and judicial decisions and their relationships to educational policies. Courses also examine local, state, federal, and nongovernmental political influences in public schools.

The administration and supervision core courses examine theoretical approaches to educational administration, emphasizing organizational theory, educational policy issues, and theories of leadership. It also illuminates influential factors affecting the practice of instructional supervision.

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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

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Part 2: Apply to the PhD in Educational Administration and Policy

The PhD in Adult Education only admits students for fall semester each year. Applicants must submit valid (within the past five years) GRE scores with their UGA Graduate School application.

While completing the application, be sure to attach the following documents:

  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Official transcripts

Statement of Purpose

In no more than two single-spaced pages, describe your research interests, past academic and professional background, and long-term goals for using the doctoral degree. You should also list two to three faculty members with whom these research interests are a fit, as well as the reasons why you see the UGA College of Education as a fit for your professional goals.

Writing Sample

Please submit a writing sample, which may be excerpted from a longer piece of academic writing but limited to five to eight double-spaced pages. If the writing sample is an excerpt, please include a paragraph or two providing context about its source.

Please do not exceed the recommended page limits for the Statement of Purpose or the Writing Sample.

The admissions deadline is December 15th. All components should be received by that date. You are encouraged to solicit the letters of recommendation to allow recommenders sufficient time to meet the deadline. However, applicants whose files are complete by December 15th will not be penalized for late letters.

The Program of Educational Administration and Policy uses a holistic admissions process that looks at applicants' academic background, fit with the research interests of the faculty, and professional and academic goals. GRE scores are one element of a complete application.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Meet Your Advisor

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

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Student Life

Student Life

You have opportunities to work with our renowned faculty throughout your study, from individual courses to policy-related projects.

The University of Georgia Lifelong Learning Association provides career networking for students, faculty, and professionals through seminars, workshops, and leadership roles.

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Faculty and Staff

Sheneka M. Williams

  • Associate Professor