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 focused on graduate studies and annually produces the largest number of doctoral graduates of any department within the university. The department houses five doctoral and four master's programs: the Ed.D. in Urban Education Leadership, the Ed.D. in Community College Leadership, the M.Ed. in Community College Administration and Instruction, the Ed.D. in Mathematics Education, the Ed.D. in Science Education, the Ph.D. in Higher Education, and the M.S. in Higher Education Student Affairs, the M.S. in Mathematics Education and the M.S. 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- 16) by:

  1. Establishing ourselves as the pre-eminent producers of knowledge in urban education
  2. Preparing leaders and scholars through involvement in high quality instruction, 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.