Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership, (Ph.D.) - Education Policy and Leadership Specialization: Program Admissions

This program leads to a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership with a specialization in Education Policy and Leadership. The Education Policy and Leadership specialization is designed to prepare students in careers as education policy makers, policy analysts, curriculum specialists, advocates for children and youth, and for leadership positions in a variety of education-related organizations. The specialization situates the study of education in the broader social context and brings an array of discipline-based perspectives and research methodologies to the examination of education issues, policies and practices. The curriculum capitalizes on diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives, drawn from the social sciences and humanities, integrates formal coursework with a variety of more individualized internship and enrichment experiences, and provides opportunities for students to carry out research that contributes to the development of more equitable and effective educational institutions. Students are encouraged to include in their program of study relevant courses in other specializations and in other programs outside the department. Graduates have the theoretical breadth and depth required to investigate compelling educational problems, to create and critique policy and practice alternatives, and to generate knowledge that informs action.

For information about applying to the Ph.D. program with a specialization in Education Policy and Leadership Studies, please visit:  https://gradschool.umd.edu/education/tlpl. We accept both full-time and part-time doctoral students.


Please refer to the Guide to Applying for instructions on how to apply for graduate admission. If you have questions or concerns, we ask you to first review our list of  Frequently Asked Questions.  International applicants should visit the International admissions webpage for additional information.


INFORMATION SESSION about our Ph.D. and M.A. programs will be held on October 13, 2023, by zoom. 

For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact  tlpl-admissions@umd.edu.

For academic advising on the Ph.D. with a specialization in Education Policy Studies, please contact Dr. David Blazar at dblazar@umd.edu


Financial assistance for graduate study is generally divided into two categories: 

  • Merit-Based Assistance Need-Based Assistance  
    • Fellowships and Scholarships Loans  
    • Graduate Assistantships 

For more details about the various types of financial assistance offered by the campus please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid 

There are also a number of fellowships and scholarships offered through the College of Education, the University, and through external sources which may provide tuition support and/or living allowance. Students must apply for these awards on their own, but the links that follow provide valuable information on searching for fellowships and scholarships. 

For more information concerning fellowships and scholarships, please visit: 

The College of Education Scholarships webpage

The University's Scholarships webpage

Graduate School Student Fellowship and Awards webpage

If you have any questions about out admissions process, please contact Graduate Coordinator Kay Moon at kmoon@umd.edu.

If you have any questions about the program, specifically, please contact Dr. Jing Liu at jliu28@umd.edu.