The Department of Advanced Studies, Leadership and Policy is committed to excellence in graduate education in the field of education. It is a unique entity within the university structure in that it is an entirely graduate department and annually produces the largest number of doctoral graduates of any department within the university. The department houses five doctoral and three masters programs: the EdD in Urban Education Leadership, the EdD in Community College Leadership, the EdD in Mathematics Education, the EdD in Science Education, the PhD in Higher Education, and the MS in Higher Education Student Affairs, the MS in Mathematics Education and the MS in Science Education. These programs are dedicated to the preparation of a cadre of educational leaders who are committed to effecting positive transformation at all levels of education. The specific focus of all of these programs is the urban context, a fact that is evident in the department's research agenda which is dedicated to informing policy and practice in urban educational systems. New students will find the department to be one which nurtures an active community of scholars and practitioners, and provides numerous opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Vision Statement
A premier department recognized as a world leader in urban education.

Mission Statement
The department vigorously promotes the transformation of urban education settings (K- 12 grades through university) by:

  1. Establishing ourselves as pre-eminent producers of knowledge in urban education.
  2. Preparing leaders and scholars through involvement in high quality teaching, research and policy analysis in the public and private sectors.
  3. Taking the forefront in identifying, conceptualizing and addressing trends and issues in urban education
  4. Promoting the use of research-based best practices.