by Current Students

Student 1

I applied to UTPA’s doctoral program in educational leadership because of the opportunity it offered to pursue an interest in leadership in higher education. As a student, I liked the way the program integrated culture and leadership with educational issues and research. As a professional, I gained expertise from the way faculty encouraged and challenged students to consider practical implications of leadership theory in everyday contexts.

Student 2

As my second year in the program draws to a close, I look back on the educator I was and I feel vastly superior to this person. The level of talent and experience of my classmates coupled with the diverse backgrounds of the faculty have helped me change into a better leader.

Student 3

I have been impressed with the quality of our faculty—their commitment to the program, to us as students, and to our success. Each of my professors has served as an incredible mentor through my journey in the program and in my career in higher education.

Student 4

I am in the second semester of the Doctoral program and I have had a remarkable experience while taking the doctoral courses. The concepts taught by our instructors are based on practical problems applicable to our workplace in public schools or higher education. I encourage each educational leader who wants to have a positive impact on students to apply for the doctoral program in Educational Leadership.

Student 5

"The professors in the UTPA Educational Leadership Doctoral Program hold your hand only if you need it and thus specifically ask that it be held; otherwise, they understand that you -- as a professional student with at least two degrees -- can and will handle matters yourself.
The content that drives the program is organized "globally" around the competencies that will ultimately be tested in the written "Comps" exams towards the end of the course work in the program; while it is the student's job to constantly and continually cross-reference to ascertain how the material learned in each class is connected to the competencies, the professors do make themselves available to meet with students if and when the need to establish these connections arises.
While the recruitment materials explain how many hours per week outside class time students should expect to set aside to research, read, and write for classes (30 to 35 hours), students need to realize that this is truly a minimum amount that they ought to expect they will invest, as in the end, the more that is dedicated the more learning and experiences will be achieved, and the better prepared the students will be to work towards that final crucial piece that will certainly take much more time -- the dissertation.

For more information

Visit the program description page: or contact one of us.

Dr. Marie Simonsson, Program Director at (956) 665-7388 or email at

Ms. Gloria Trevino, Administrative Assistant at (956) 665-7173 or 665-2997 or email

Ms. Ruby Herrera, Administrative Assistant at (956) 665-3436 or email

Dr. Velma Menchaca, Department Chair at (956) 665-2943 or email