Welcome to the Leadership and Policy Studies Department at the University of Memphis. Our department offers graduate degrees into program areas: Higher and Adult education (HIAD) and Leadership and Policy Studies (LDPS).

Higher and Adult education (HIAD)

Program Overview

Higher and Adult Education programs at the University of Memphis include Master of Science programs in Leadership and Policy Studies with concentrations in Leadership and in Student Personnel. Our Higher Education and Adult Education Doctorate program in offers concentrations in Adult Education or Higher Education. Our EdD program can be completed fully online with no on-campus requirement. The MS concentration in Student Personnel is a hybrid program offering some required courses on-ground as well as online courses. All our programs are taught by student-centered faculty who bring a wide variety of experience and expertise to their classrooms.

Degrees and Certificate Offerings

Doctor of Education in Higher Education and Adult Education
Master of Science (MS) in Leadership and Policy Studies
Master of Science (MS) in Student Personnel
Community College Teaching & Leadership Certificate

The Higher and Adult Education (HIAD) Program has established two admissions applications deadlines each year— February 15 for the fall and October 1 for the spring. For application or program-related inquiries, please contact us by phone at 901-678-2369 or by email at We strive to respond to your request within 24 hours, or the next business day. Admissions requirements are set forth by the Office of Graduate Admissions and the Graduate Bulletin.

Leadership and Policy Studies Program

Program Overview

The Leadership and Policy Studies (LDPS) Program is among the leading academic programs in the country offering opportunities to study with nationally- and internationally-renowned faculty in K-12 administration, higher education leadership, and policy analysis.

If you are a practitioner looking to deepen your knowledge and strengthen your credentials, our Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Education (EdD) degree programs will prepare you for leadership roles in a variety of leadership roles in K-12 schools, higher education institutions, government agencies, corporations, and nongovernmental organizations.

Degrees and Certificate Offerings

Memphis Leadership Scholars Program
Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership
Doctor of Education (EdD) in Policy Studies
We invite you to explore more about our degree offerings and to get to know our faculty members. Should you require additional assistance, please contact the Department of Leadership directly at:

Leadership and Policy Studies Program
Department of Leadership
University of Memphis
123 Ball Hall
Memphis, TN 38152
(901) 678-2369