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Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #407 (QS) , TN,
Welcome to the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.  For over 60 years, ELPS has prepared both K-12 and higher education administrators, policy scholars and analysts, and faculty members to become innovative and courageous leaders through rigorous research that influences both policy and practice. 


University of Tennessee Knoxville offers graduate programs in both Educational Administration (PreK-12) and Higher Education Administration.  These include a principal licensing certificate; MS in Educational Administration or College Student Personnel; EdS in Educational Administration; and PhD’s in Higher Education Administration or Educational Administration with a concentration in Leadership.

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from University of Tennessee Knoxville  views leaders as stewards and servants of organizations; designers of the social and cultural climate in which they work; teachers who facilitate and encourage human growth and development; change agents who continually examine the purpose and performance of their organizations; and conceptual provocateurs who challenge ideas and assumptions on which policy and practice are built.

Career options:

The Department will be nationally recognized for graduating outstanding, innovative, and courageous leaders and for producing significant educational research that influences policy and practice.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Foundations of Leadership Studies
  • Foundations and Theories ot Leadership Studies
  • Servant Leadership & Social Justices Seminar
  • Honors Ethics in Leadership
  • Emerging Leadership
  • Coached Leadership Skills and Practicum
  • Personally and Socially Responsible Leadership
  • Leadership Knoxville Scholars Capstone Seminar
  • Leadership in Transition Seminar
  • Experiential Leadership Capstone
  • Honors Leadership Capstone Project Seminar
  • Independent Studies

English Language Requirements

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • Step 1: Complete and submit an application: Apply to UT beginning August 1 by becoming a VIP (Vol in Progress) or through the Common Application.
  • Step 2: Have your high school/or college send us official transcripts electronically (PDF) or mail them: If you have completed any high school course work outside the United States, it might be necessary to have an evaluation of your transcript 
  • Demonstrate English proficiency: Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency unless you are a US citizen or a permanent resident.
  • Submit financial documentation (F-1 or J-1 visa status).
  • Submit a copy of the photo page of your international passport.
  • Apply for an appropriate US visa.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31684 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31684 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    31684 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31684 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    13264 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13264 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Knoxville

  • 885 - 1460 USD/month
    Living Costs

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