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Welcome to the Department of Leadership. We are now excepting applications for Spring 2017! Enrollment information can be ascertained below and in the graduate catalog

Our K-12 administration program provides students with advanced degrees and the chance to increase career opportunities in the real world. In addition to studying K-12 administration and supervision, students in our programs also have a chance to study the building blocks of our modern educational framework: leadership, policy studies, and organizational effectiveness.

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 with placement in a wide variety of career fields, including but not limited to the leaders highlighted on this site.

In the information below, you will find an excerpt from our graduate catalog detailing the application process, as well as a number of links to documents and guidelines to help you as you complete our application. To learn more about the courses of study we offer, please visit the "Our Programs" page, and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to Contact Us!

 

I. Memphis Leadership Scholars Program 

This 12 month, blended-learning 30 semester hours graduate education program is built upon Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards. Successful students will receive a M.Ed. or Ed.S. degree and a Tennessee Instructional Leader license.

A. Program Admissions 

  1. Candidates are nominated by local school district superintendents (or designees) and must meet graduate entry requirements at the U of M.
  2. Once the student has been nominated for our program each nominee must submit a completed application packet to the University Graduate School that includes:
    • A completed admissions application
    • An official report of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score. GRE is required for master's degree even in cases where applicant already has one master's degree.
    • Official transcripts for all prior undergraduate and graduate courses.
  3.  In addition, each nominee must submit a portfolio to the Department of Leadership that includes: 
    • Letter of application to the department
    • Statement of goals
    • Current resume
    •  Official transcript(s)
    • Philosophy of education statement
    • Resume 
    • Three professional letters of application on Letter Head

B. Program Requirements

The Memphis Leadership Scholars Program process includes five major components:

  1. Rigorous selection
  2. Team Trek experiential leadership learning
  3. blended on-line and seminar classes
  4. mentoring
  5. outstanding field experiences
  •  A three-day Team Trek leadership experience starts the program
  • The 12 month program includes on-line instruction that earns 9 semester hours of credit
  • Weekend seminars and summer classes earn 21 semester hours of credit
  • The final semester includes attendance at a national principals' conference, on-site exemplary K-12 school visits and mentoring.

II. Master of Science (MS) in Leadership and Policy Studies:

The Department offers the Master of Science degree in Leadership and Policy Studies with concentrations in (1)Leadership, and (2) Student Personnel.

A. Program Admission

    1. Each applicant must submit a completed application packet to the University Graduate School that includes:
      1. A completed admissions application
      2. An official report of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score. GRE is required for master's degree even in cases where applicant already has one master's degree.
      3. Official transcripts for all prior undergraduate and graduate courses.

  1. In addition to #1 above, each applicant to the M.S. in Leadership or M.S. in Student Personnel must submit:
    1. Letter of application
    2. Professional resume
    3. Three letters of professional recommendation on letterhead
    4. Brief statement of professional goals
    5. The admission decision will be based on a holistic profile that includes, but is not limited to, information contained in the completed application packet described above. Interested applicants are required to contact the departmental office to obtain admission forms and a more complete statement of admission guidelines.
    6. Deadline for submission of all application material for M.S. Leadership concentration and M.S. Student Personnel concentration is April 1 for summer and fall semesters, and November 1 for spring semester

Students completing the MS or EdD in Leadership and Policy Studies will: (1) have developed their skills in leadership, change, policy formulation, the student's program and stewardship of a vision of effectiveness that is shared by others in the organization; (2) have had opportunities to analyze data and its relationship to organizational effectiveness; (3) have concentrated their studies in  (a) Leadership, or (c) Student Personnel (MS only); and (4) have concentrated their studies in an area of specialization.

All graduate students must comply with the general requirements of the Graduate School (see Admissions Regulations, Academic Regulations, and Minimum Degree Requirements) as well as the program requirements of the degree being pursued.

B. Program Requirements

  1. A minimum of 36 semester hours is required of all students to obtain the master’s degree.
  2. Students will take 9 hours of the departmental core: LEAD 7000, LEAD 7100, and EDPR 7521; and 27 other hours of approved courses in their concentration.
  3. The following policies in the Department of Leadership are exceptions to the policies of the Graduate School:
    1. A maximum of six (6) hours of transfer credit can be counted toward the concentration in School Administration and Supervision.
    2. A maximum of six (6) hours of course work can be validated in the concentration in School Administration and Supervision.
  4. Concentrations and Courses:
    1. School Administration and Supervision: LDPS 7110, 7120, 7131, 7140, 7141, 7150, 7330; LEAD 7004, 7210
    2. Leadership: A minimum of 27 semester hours, including LEAD 7500, 7100, 5 additional departmental courses, and a portfolio. A minimum of B must be earned in all courses on the program of study.
    3. Administration/Supervision Licensure Program: The department maintains a program leading to licensure for students holding an appropriate master’s degree
    4. Student Personnel: A minimum of 27 semester hours, including LEAD 7500; HIAD 7060, 7410, 7440, 7442, 7443, 7444; 2 additional courses; and a portfolio. A minimum of B must be earned in all courses on the program of study.

III. Doctor of Education (EdD) Degree Program

A. Program Admission

  1. Each applicant must submit a completed application packet to the University Graduate School that includes:
    1. A completed admissions application.
    2. An official report of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score.
    3. Official transcripts for all prior undergraduate and graduate courses.
  2. In addition, each applicant to the Ed.D. must submit a portfolio to the Department of Leadership that includes:
    1. Letter of application
    2. Professional resume
    3. Three letters of professional recommendation on letterhead
    4. A brief statement of professional goals
    5. A personal interview preceded by a writing sample will be scheduled with each applicant and admission decision will be made following the personal interview. The decision will be based on a holistic profile that includes, but is not limited to information contained in the completed application packet described above and obtained during the personal interview. Interested applicants are required to contact the departmental office to obtain admission forms and a more complete statement of admission guidelines.
    6. Deadline for submission of all application material is the 3rd Friday in February for the summer semester, the 3rd Friday in June for the fall semester, and the 3rd Friday in September for the spring semester.

B. Program Requirements

  1. A minimum of 54 semester hours beyond the master’s degree is required of all students.
  2. Fifteen hours must be taken in the departmental core: LEAD 8001, 8002, 8003, EDPR 8541 and 8542; 9 hours of dissertation; and 30 additional hours.
  3. Doctoral programs are not intended for basic administrative certification. Students wishing certification through this program must complete additional course work approximating the requirements in the Certification program noted above.
  4. Concentrations and Courses:
    1. Educational Leadership: LDPS 8121, 8132, and 8181, and 21 hours approved by the student’s advisory committee.
    2. Policy Studies: LDPS 8305, 8310, and 8350, and 21 hours approved by the student’s advisory committee.

IV. Doctor of Education (EdD) in Higher Education and Adult Education

Program objectives are: (1) development of skills in leadership, higher education or adult education, policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation; (2) development of research skills such as data and the relationship to organizational effectiveness; and (3) knowledge and understanding within a concentration area.

A. Program Admission

  1. Each applicant must submit a completed application packet to the Graduate School that includes:
    1. A completed admissions application
    2. An official report of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
    3. Official transcripts for all prior undergraduate and graduate courses
    4. In addition, each applicant must submit the following to the Department of Leadership:
      1. A professional resume
      2. A two-three page statement of academic and professional goals
      3. Three letters of recommendation
    5. The admission committee may request a personal interview.
    6. The admission decision will be based on a holistic profile that includes, but is not limited to, information contained in the completed application packet described above and obtained during the personal interview. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the departmental office to obtain admission forms and a more completed statement of admission guidelines for the higher and adult education program.
    7. Deadline for submission of all application material is April 1 for the summer and fall semesters, and November 1 for the spring semester.

B. Program Requirements

  1. A minimum of 54 semester hours beyond the master’s degree, including the core requirements of LEAD 8001, 8003, 8500, HIAD 8412, 8415, 8403, EDPR 8541, 8542, and 1 additional research methods course approved by the advisor; 9 hours of dissertation; and 18 hours approved in the concentration. Students should familiarize themselves with the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide before starting to write the dissertation.
  2. Concentrations
    1. Higher Education: HIAD 8401, 8420, 8422, 8541, and 6 elective hours approved by the student’s advisory committee.
    2. Adult Education: HIAD 8510, 8541, 8542, and 9 elective hours approved by the student’s advisory committee.
  3. The following policies in the Department of Leadership are exceptions to the policies of the Graduate School:
    1. Graduate students must complete the doctoral program within ten (10) calendar years.
    2. A maximum of twelve (12) hours of transfer credit/credits earned as nondegree can be counted toward the degree.
  4. A minimum of B must be earned in all courses as indicated on the program of study for HIAD doctoral programs.

V. Certificate in Community College Teaching and Leadership

The Department of Leadership offers a certificate for individuals interested in either a teaching or an administrative career in a community college setting. Consisting of 15-18 hours of course work, this program can be applied to or taken simultaneously with a Master of Science degree in Leadership, Student Personnel Services, or a Doctor of Education degree in Higher and Adult Education. Students not pursuing a degree may apply for admission to the Graduate School as certificate seeking. For more information call 901-678-3531. Click here to view corresponding gainful employment data.

A. Program Admission:

  1. Students already enrolled in a graduate degree seeking program at The University of Memphis must contact the office of Graduate Admissions to request a program status change to pursue the Certificate in Community College Teaching and Leadership. Students must also apply to the Department of Leadership (Higher and Adult Education) to be considered for admission to the certificate program (see below).
  2. Students who are only applying to the Certificate program must apply to the Graduate School as a Graduate Certificate student.
  3. All students interested in the Community College Teaching and Leadership Certificate must undergo departmental review for admission.

The following items must be provided to the Department of Leadership in addition to applying to the Graduate School:

  1. Transcripts from your graduate degree or undergraduate degree if a graduate degree has not been earned. Transcripts are not required if your degree was earned from the University of Memphis.
  2. Three letters of recommendation;
  3. A statement of academic and professional goals detailing how this program will advance your career plans.
  4. All departmental materials must be sent to hiad@memphis.edu or delivered to the address below:

    The HIAD Admissions Committee
    The University of Memphis
    Department of Leadership
    311 Browning Hall
    Memphis, TN 38152

Departmental application deadlines are November 1 for the spring term and April 1 for the summer and fall terms. All materials must be received by the deadline to be considered.

B. Program Requirements:

HIAD 7411-8411, Community Colleges
HIAD 7511-8511, Administration and Governance in the Community College
HIAD 7541-8541, College Teaching
HIAD 8415, IT Trends and Issues in Higher Education
LEAD 7500-8500, Adult Learning and Leadership
HIAD 7060-8060, Internship in Higher and Adult Education (may be waived for those with broad experience in community college teaching or administration)

A minimum of "B" must be earned in all courses included in the Community College Certificate program.