Welcome to the blog for the Educational Leadership & Policy M.Ed. in Student Affairs and PhD in Higher Education


The mission of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP), a division of the College of Education, is to prepare ethical researchers, leaders and policy makers in PK-12 through higher education who are informed by comprehensive and empirically-based theory and research, as well as committed to leading educational organizations that enact principles of justice, equity, and excellence for all learners.

Program Descriptions

The M.Ed. with an emphasis in student affairs provides a broad base on which students may build and advance their careers within higher education. Courses for the M.Ed. with student affairs emphasis cover topics including student affairs administration, contexts of higher education, and professional skill development.

For more information on the M.Ed. in student affairs please visit: http://elp.utah.edu/programs/m-ed/student-affairs/

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) students are expected to develop expertise in theory and research related to educational leadership and/or policy. This program is designed especially for those who seek careers as high-level administrators, university professors, researchers, or research and policy analysts in educational agencies. Students complete course work in: educational leadership, policy, and organizations; content specialization in students in K12 or higher education, educational leadership/organizations, educational policy, or critical studies in education; research methods and apprenticeship; and independent research in the form of a dissertation.

For more information on the Ph.D. in higher education please visit: http://elp.utah.edu/programs/phd/