Our program is the only one of its kind in the New Orleans area, and admissions are selective. Our program emphasizes education in urban environments and promotes reflective practice in the development of effective education. The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is intended for those who plan an inquiry into the issues of educational leadership through a theoretical framework. Doctoral studies in educational administration emphasize research methodology, both quantitative and qualitative. Study for the Ph.D. is suited for those planning careers in school, college and university administration, in college and university teaching, in research or policy analysis in offices or departments of school systems, higher and post secondary institutions, state agencies, or in any education-related leadership profession.