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Leadership, Policy, and Organizations

The Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations (LPO) is among an elite few academic departments in the nation offering opportunities to study with internationally renowned faculty in K-12 and higher education administration, education policy, and Leadership and Organizational Performance.

If you are a practitioner looking to deepen your knowledge and strengthen your credentials, LPO's professional M.Ed., Ed.D., and M.P.P. programs will prepare you for leadership in any number of organizations—from K-12 schools, colleges, or universities to policy-making organizations, corporations, or non-governmental organizations.

If you desire an academic scholarly career in a college or university, the department's graduate Ph.D. programs offer widespread opportunities for study, research, presentation, and publication with faculty mentors who are recognized as among the best in their disciplines both nationally and internationally.

LPO, along with the Department of Human and Organizational Development, also serves as home to the undergraduate major (B.S.) in Human and Organizational Development, the largest undergraduate major at Vanderbilt.

We invite you to explore our degree offerings, get to know our faculty, and learn more about our exciting, multidisciplinary, and world-oriented community.

Should you require additional assistance, please contact the department directly at:

Leadership, Policy, and Organizations
Vanderbilt University
PMB #414
230 Appleton Place
Nashville, TN 37203-5721
(615) 322-8000


Department Facts

39 full-time faculty
9 secondary appointment faculty
6 full-time departmental staff
183 professional (M.Ed. and Ed.D.) students
52 full-time Ph.D. students

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Mark Cannon

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Gary Henry

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