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The Department of Leadership is committed to providing a rich teaching and learning environment for developing administrative leaders, policy analysts, and teachers. Department members promote student, faculty, and community growth through dedicated, transformational leadership within the teaching, research, and service goals of the University.

The Department of Leadership offers the Master of Science, Education Specialist, and Doctor of Education degrees. Students seeking a graduate degree from the Department of Leadership choose from programs which focus on K-12 administration or higher and adult education.

Our K-12 administration program provides students with advanced degrees and K-12 administrative licensure opportunities. 2010 has brought significant changes to the licensure process in Tennessee, making it important to consult with a departmental representative about entrance into the licensure program.

Our higher and adult education division trains students for careers in higher education administration, student personnel services, and adult education positions in a variety of settings. Our graduates have found success in a wider variety of career fields.


The purpose of the Leadership department at the University of Memphis is to educate current and future scholars and practitioners from diverse leadership settings by transforming theory into practice in a manner that will enable them to become highly effective in their chosen profession. Our areas of focus include: Community Education, Elementary and Secondary Education, Central Office Administration, School based Administration, higher Education, Adult Education, Federal and State Departments of Education and other leadership roles.


Producing Visionary Leaders with Solutions for Success.

Future Students 

Our degrees lead to careers in two different worlds of education: K-12 and Higher and Adult Education. For information about admission and advising to our specific programs, please contact the program coordinator for the license, certificate or degree you seek.

Deadlines to apply for Leadership and HIAD (Higher Ed and Adult Education) are:

Fall: April 1, Spring: November 1.


Programs of Study 

Leadership & Policy Studies - Programs
  • Memphis Leadership Scholars Program MS 
  • Educational Leadership EdD
  • Policy Studies EdD
Higher & Adult Education - Programs
  • Adult Education EdD
  • Leadership MS
  • Higher Education EdD
  • Student Personnel MS
  • Community College Teaching & Leadership Cert. Cert
  • Internships and Graduate Assistantships