Training Leaders for Schools, Colleges and Community Organizations

Welcome to the Department of Leadership! The department is comprised of two academic programs— Leadership and Policy Studies (LDPS) and Higher Ed/Adult Education (HIAD). Both programs prepare current and aspiring leaders with the necessary skills to excel in a variety of leadership positions, including K-12 school administrators, district superintendents, higher education administrators, and leaders of government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and industry.

Our faculty provides outstanding instruction on strategic planning, human resource management, accreditation, financial management, policy analysis, and program evaluation. Members of our faculty have received national and international recognition for their work, obtained a wide range of research grants, engaged in national and international outreach and service projects, and have won a number of research, teaching, and advising awards.

Want to begin your path to leadership with the Department of Leadership? If you would like to apply for Higher Education, our deadline is April 1st, and your classes will start in the Fall of that year.

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University of Memphis named a top school for online master’s in educational leadership

The online master’s degree program in Educational Leadership from the department of leadership has been named one of the best online master’s degree programs in educational leadership by Online MastersDegrees.org. Only six percent of postsecondary institutions earned a ranking position in 2022. You can see the full ranking here >

OnlineMastersDegrees.org researched and analyzed more than 7,700 accredited schools using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and from the schools themselves. The website’s data science team then applied a proprietary algorithm to rank all qualifying educational leadership programs. Primary data points include: number of online master’s programs in subject area, number of online students, online program tuition and fees, percentage of students offered institutional aid and amount of institutional aid awarded per student.

Dr. Eric Platt, Chair of the Department of the Leadership, said, “I am so proud of the faculty, staff and students who have worked to make this program excel. Our department has prioritized online access to the educational leadership program. Students across the State of Tennessee can engage in this quality program that is nationally ranked and centered on student success.”



Have questions about the Leadership program or degrees? We're here to help. Give us a call at 901.678.2369 or email leadership@memphis.edu.  If you are a current student that needs to set up an advising appointment, please contact Ms. Whitney Horton whorton@memphis.edu

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Award Winning Programs

eddprograms.org Most affordable online program: Doctor of Education
Our HIAD program is ranked #23 Most Affordable Online Doctor of Education Programs by Eddprograms.org. Learn more about the award here.

Best Docorate Programs Education award badge from Best Value Schools

Our Doctorate of Education in Higher and Adult Education: Higher Education Concentration was ranked #13 in Best Doctorate in Education (Ed.D) Degrees in 2020 by Best Value Schools read more on bestvalueschools.org.