The Policy and Organizational Studies program provides students with a deeper understanding of how to manage the change process within educational, community, or other types of organizational systems while specializing in a subject that inspires students. Students immerse themselves in a program that embraces social justice-oriented, and community connected scholarship as they gain a firm foundational understanding of social science and policy analysis. Students refine research skills by completing multiple courses in research methods, including qualitative and quantitative research, and may specialize in Adult and Organizational Development, Higher Education or Urban Education. The program aims to train critically conscious researchers and practitioners who contribute solutions to the challenges faced by urban students, educators, community members, and policymakers. Program graduates hold positions as professors, educational researchers, K-12 teachers, and urban school and community leaders.

The college will not be accepting applications for PhD programs for the Fall 2021 semester, including the Policy and Organizational Studies PhD program. We anticipate offering admission to these programs in the next admissions cycle and look forward to reviewing applications for the Fall 2022 semester.

Academic Programs

Department Chairperson

Christopher W. McGinley, EdD
Professor of Practice and Department Chairperson

Academic Coordinator

Emily Carney
Office: Ritter Hall Rm. 341 | Phone: 215-204-6795 |