The course of study in Leadership, Policy, and Politics prepares students for such positions as policy analyst, policy advocate, and educational researcher. It develops students' skills in the political, economic, and legal analysis of education policy issues, while focusing on the role of leadership. Students are required to explore one policy topic in depth as part of a field experience. Coursework includes a research methods sequence suitable to the requirements of education policy professionals and experience writing policy briefs for a variety of audiences. Doctoral students complete the master's-level core courses, a two-part advancement to candidacy process, and a research dissertation. Coursework beyond the core is chosen individually in conjunction with a faculty advisor. Students in the Leadership, Policy, and Politics concentration may take coursework leading to the M.A., Ed.M., or Ed.D.