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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

Deadline to Apply

December 15th

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Faculty and Curriculum

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.

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

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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Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia


  1. Submit an online application to the Graduate School
  2. Test scores (depending on your program)
  3. Unofficial transcripts (native language and English for international applicants)
  4. Three letters of recommendation

Part 2: Apply to this program


The program faculty may request additional materials from applicants. As you complete your application for the UGA Graduate School, you will be able to attach the following documents:

  1. Curriculum vita (CV) or resume
  2. Statement of purpose (short essay)
  3. Official transcripts
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