Why an Executive Leadership (Ed.D.) from Le Moyne?

Le Moyne’s Ed.D. in Executive Leadership provides leadership development for professionals in the fields of education, business and healthcare or for those seeking to enter the educational arena. Our new and innovative program offers a unique learning opportunity for professionals who, as leaders, are committed to promoting a just society and serving as men and women for and with others. 

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.

Graduates of this program will be transformative leaders who use a multidisciplinary approach to design and implement change that is socially responsible to solve problems and create solutions that constructively impact their institutions and organizations.

Program Highlights

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.

Delivery Format
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.

Program Length

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.

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.        


Program Vision, Goals and Outcomes

Organizational leadership at the executive level, especially in education, cannot exist in a silo and at its best should be world serving. 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 in education, as well as those responsible for organizational growth and development, 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 educational 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.


Program of Study

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. 



Course Titles

Core Courses

Emphasize critical contemporary problems confronting leadership in organizations as well as cultural and socially conscious leadership.

Critical Issues in Leadership

Culturally Proficient Leadership

Transformational Change

Socially Conscious Leadership for Community Engagement

Transformational Leadership

Research Courses

Build and provide solid qualitative analytic competencies along with quantitative skills to conduct informative research.

Research Methods I

Qualitative Methods II

Quantitative & Statistical Research Methods III

Professional Leadership


Emphasize comprehensive theoretical applied leadership concepts and contemporary problems from the perspective of alternative disciplines (i.e., legal, ethical, human resource and financial).


Lessons in Leadership

Ethical Leadership

Legal Leadership Issues

Issues in Finance for Executive Leaders

Human Resource Leadership

Upon completion of all core, research and professional leadership courses, Ed.D. students must take and pass a comprehensive exam (CE). Students who pass the comprehensive exam move forward into candidacy. Upon advancement to candidacy, each candidate begins the dissertation seminar series with scheduled deliverables during the dissertation development and research process. During the dissertation stage each student’s academic work becomes more individualized and students work more closely with their respective dissertation committee members but come together for scheduled colloquia and reflective conversations in support and facilitation of their research.

Residency Dates: 2020-2021 Academic Year

Fall 2020: 

  • August 28-30, 2020
  • October 2-4
  • November 6-8
  • December 11-13
Spring 2021:
  • January 22-24, 2021
  • February 26-28
  • March 26-28
  • May 7-9
Summer 2021:
  • June 4-6, 2021
  • June 25-27
  • July 30-31, August 1

Get in Touch

The Ed.D. in Executive Leadership program at Le Moyne College is located in the Purcell School of Professional Studies, Reilly Hall, Room 101, 1419 Salt Springs Road, Syracuse, NY 13214

Call (315) 445-4664 or email us at edd@lemoyne.edu

Please let us know if you would like more information on the program by providing your contact information here.

Admission Requirements and Application Process

Prospective students must have already obtained a master's degree and have served for at least three years in a leadership or management position. For more information, visit the admission site for admission requirements, instructions for the application process and application and notification deadlines. 

Office of Graduate Admission
Grewen Hall Room 322
Phone (315) 445-5444
Fax (315) 445-6092