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OLPD Ph.D. curriculum
Education Policy and Leadership

Departmental core (16 credits)

Professional socialization seminar

  • OLPD 8011—Doctoral Research Seminar I (1 cr) [Take Fall term of first year]

Research courses

  • OLPD 8015—Inquiry Strategies in Educational and Organizational Research (3 cr) [Take Spring term of first year]
  • Quantitative course (3 cr inside or outside of department; with approval of adviser)
  • Qualitative course (3 cr inside or outside of department; with approval of adviser)
  • Additional methods course (6 cr; with approval of adviser)

Program core (18 credits)

  • OLPD 5001—Formal Organizations in Education (3 cr) [Take OLPD 5001 if offered – if not offered take alternatives OLPD 5011 or OLPD 5607]
    OR OLPD 5011—Leading Organizational Change: Theory and Practice (3 cr)
    OR OLPD 5607—Organization Development (3 cr)
  • OLPD 5346—Politics of Education (3 cr)
  • OLPD 8020—Leadership: From Theory to Reflective Practice (3 cr)
  • OLPD 8104—Innovative Systems Thinking in Education and Culture (3 cr)
  • OLPD 8302—Educational Policy Perspectives (3 cr)
  • Electives (3 cr minimum; with approval by adviser)

Additional coursework (12 credits minimum)

Minimum of 12 credits required. These credits can be used to meet the requirement that a minimum of 12 credits be taken outside the EPL track or for a minor. Courses not specifically listed should have adviser approval. Students who have successfully completed enrollment in the University of Minnesota's Principals Academy may use transfer credits to fulfill this requirement.

Thesis credits (24 credits)

All Ph.D. students are required to register for 24 semester thesis credits after completing the preliminary oral exam. The 24 credits must be taken over two or more terms.

  • OLPD 8888—Thesis Credits: Doctoral

Total Ph.D. credits required

46 credits of EPL coursework + 24 thesis credits = 70 total credits


Jeremy Hernandez
Coordinator of Graduate Studies
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