Why Earn Your Ed.D. from Le Moyne?

  • The Doctorate in Executive Leadership is an innovative program that enables professionals in education, business and healthcare to become transformative leaders.
  • Designed for maximum flexibility for working professionals, with online courses paired with 4 on-campus weekends each fall & spring, and 3 on-campus weekends each summer.
  • A part-time program for busy leaders: all core, research, and professional leadership courses complete by 28 months, and total program completion in 48 months. 
  • Learn to design and implement change that is socially responsible, and to create solutions that will positively impact your institution or organization.
  • Our program attracts students who want to put their skills toward building a better world. They reflect the Jesuit ideals of promoting a just society and serving as men and women for others. 
  • Students have the opportunity to contribute to the Global Jesuit Case Study Series, headquartered at Le Moyne.

Whether leading in education, healthcare, social work, non-profit or business, the program supports the development of executive leaders responsible for the creation and enactment of an organization’s shared mission. As executive leaders, graduates of the program will formulate a vision and values as they promote a culture of caring and develop the professional capacity of all organizational members while facilitating innovative change processes that support continuous organizational growth and improvement.

Those with expertise in administration, whether it be in public or private school settings, higher education, teacher leadership as well as those responsible for organizational growth and development in healthcare, business and other entities will grow their competencies in leadership and research. Students will work collaboratively, as a community of learners with faculty members and research mentors, to enhance their leadership skills.

Organizational leadership at the executive level, especially in education, cannot exist in a silo. The interconnectedness of our world supports the development of academic programs that model collaboration among diverse individuals with divergent types and levels of professional experience. Executive leaders should be able to engage in collaborative problem solving with a variety of stakeholders from within their organizations as well as with parties outside the organization in both the private and public sectors. Organizations and their communities are interdependent.

Le Moyne College’s doctoral program mirrors this interdependency and will be central to the leadership and administrative growth of candidates. This program is built to attract and support the development of leaders who will aspire to create educational cultures that model collaboration built upon foundations of social justice and to create cultures that are informed by best practices in leadership and administration from multiple organizational settings, such as teacher leadership, higher education, business and health care. True to our Jesuit mission and Jesuit tradition, graduates of this program will become transformative leaders who use a multidisciplinary approach to design and implement socially responsible change.

Program goals reflect four pillars of excellence: Leadership that Transforms, Social Responsibility, Scholarship and Communication. Each pillar further specifies one or two program outcomes in the leadership development of doctoral graduates.


Program Outcome

Leadership that Transforms

Candidates will generate new ways to demonstrate compassionate engagement in the world; a commitment to service; promotion of community spirit; and, the ability to foster and lead necessary change.

Candidates will expand upon their own refined moral and ethical code of conduct; and, consistent actions that promote a more just society.

Social Responsibility

Candidates will create new inclusive structures and opportunities to embrace and show respect for cultural and social differences; behavior that reflects how they structure societies; and; actions that value full inclusion

Candidates will analyze and synthesize a personal awareness of the Jesuit tradition that encourages examination of issues of ultimate meaning; examines what it means to be the ideal of men and women for and with others; and, models the care of the whole person.


Candidates will evaluate and generate: a strong foundational knowledge in executive leadership content, skills and dispositions; specialized expertise in the field of education; collaboration skills within multidisciplinary learning opportunities; critical thinking; effective communication; and, the ability to make intellectual connections.


Candidates will integrate strong and effective communication skills in all modalities that permeate each of the other pillars.

The program, meeting year round, is based on small entering classes that will move collectively through the core, research and professional leadership courses as a community of learners. The program becomes more individualized as doctoral students reach the courses supporting development of their respective dissertations.

The 60-credit program is comprised of the following: 15 credits of core courses, 9 credits of research, 15 credits of professional leadership, and 21 credits of dissertation seminars. 

College Catalog - Ed.D. in Executive Leadership

The 60-credit doctoral program is comprised of campus-based coursework four weekends each fall and spring semester and three weekends each summer supplemented by online discussions and personal research.

The curriculum provides a rigorous sequence of leadership courses and experiences. The 60 credit hour program includes 15 credits of core courses, 9 credits of research courses, 21 credits of dissertation requirements and 15 credits of discipline-specific professional leadership courses.

The program is designed to be completed in 48 months on a part-time basis with all core, research and professional leadership courses completed at the end of 28 months. The program must be completed in six years.

Personal Research Mentor
Each student works with a research mentor who also serves as an academic advisor throughout the program. The research mentor will guide the development and exploration of your research interests throughout the program of study, the comprehensive exam process and the application for admission to candidacy. The student will meet with her or his research mentor to frame experiences that will lead to appropriate research topics of interest, research methods and organizational settings in which to gain relevant experience as well as to facilitate connections with other faculty sharing the same research interests.

Small Classes

A small learning community of approximately 10 students will begin each fall semester. 

The Global Jesuit Case Study Series (GJCS)

Students will have opportunity for involvement in, and contribution to, The Global Jesuit Case Study Series (GJCS) -- a partnership of more than 200 Jesuit college and universities across the world and headquartered at Le Moyne College. The GJCS cases capture, integrate and model aspects of Jesuit Higher Education thereby reinforcing the reflective action-oriented thought process that we strive to develop deeper in our students. Case studies illustrate leadership and decision making at multiple levels and across divergent organizations. Students will design and launch their own case studies in the field of educational leadership.        

Top Entry Level OT Program

est. $18,000 Tuition Award
The award is divided equally among the student's courses of study by a per-credit-hour reduction to tuition. This award(s) is offered to students pursuing a doctorate in executive leadership who demonstrate the following Pillars of Excellence for our program: Leadership that Transforms, Social Responsibility, Scholarship and Communication.

est. $27,000 Tuition Award
The award is divided equally among the student's courses of study by a per-credit-hour reduction to tuition. This award(s) is offered to students pursuing a doctorate in executive leadership who demonstrate the following Pillars of Excellence for our program: Leadership that Transforms, Social Responsibility, Scholarship and Communication. In addition, recipients of this award will represent a personal or professional background of high need to the program as determined by the admission committee and faculty. The applicant will have demonstrated a deep commitment to social justice, sustainability, equality and/or service to his or her community.

Employer Cohort Awards*
40% Tuition Award (est. $37,000 Award)
If two or more applicants from the same company/agency join the same cohort for the doctorate in executive leadership at Le Moyne, those employees can be eligible for a 40 percent reduction in their tuition. Employees must be admitted to the same cohort to be eligible for this award and show they have support of their employer to enroll in a four-year program of study. Employees must maintain their employment to receive this award yearly.

*No additional application required. All those who are invited to interview are considered for scholarship and will be notified in the admission offer.

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