Beginning in Fall 2019, Le Moyne College will launch a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Program in Executive Leadership, the first doctoral-level degree to ever be offered at the institution. True to its Jesuit mission, graduates of this program will be transformative leaders who use a multidisciplinary approach to design and implement change that is socially responsible. The program focuses on four specific pillars - Leadership that Transforms, Social Responsibility, Scholarship and Communication.

“The program’s uniqueness centers on attracting experienced professionals from varying fields of education as doctoral candidates to solve problems through a lens of social change,” said Le Moyne Provost Joe Marina S.J. “This program supports our institutional mission through its commitment to serving professionals through a full range of course work and experiences that will develop each individual candidate’s leadership, critical thinking and spiritual growth.”

"This represents a landmark moment for the College," said Le Moyne President Linda LeMura. "Since our founding in 1946, Le Moyne has been known for the quality of our programs, first for an undergraduate population, and more recently as we have introduced several successful graduate programs in the health care, education, business and arts administration fields. This executive leadership program is a natural development of our institutional growth at the graduate level."

The 60-credit program is designed to be completed in 48 months on a part-time basis or 36 months for full-time candidates. Students in the program will work collaboratively to enhance their leadership skills, critical thinking and problem solving abilities as they personally grow to create innovative and viable alternatives for addressing pressing issues facing contemporary educational organizations and the communities they serve through policy development and research.

Designed to best serve individuals who are working in the fields of education, business, non-profit, social work and health care, the Ed.D. program will be added to the portfolio of offerings through the Purcell School of Professional Studies at Le Moyne. Prospective students must have already obtained a master’s degree and have served for at least three years in a leadership or management position. Dana Hart, Ph.D., has been named director of the program.

“It is anticipated that many professionals in our region and across upstate New York will be retiring from educational organizations over the next several years,” said Purcell School Dean Margaret Wells. “This program will provide a pipeline for those seeking to serve and lead others in the betterment of school systems, higher education and other educational organizations.” In response to identified regional needs, over the past three years Le Moyne has developed new master’s programs to prepare family nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, teacher leaders in STEM and STEAM fields, fine arts administrators, certified administrators in school systems, information systems and taxation professionals.

The curriculum encompasses a rigorous sequence of leadership courses and experiences, with 15 credit hours of core courses, 9 credit hours of research courses, 21 credit hours of dissertation requirements and 15 credit hours of discipline-specific professional leadership courses. The five required core courses emphasize critical contemporary problems confronting leadership in organizations as well as cultural and socially conscious leadership; the three research courses build and provide solid qualitative analytic competencies along with quantitative skills to conduct informative research; and, the five professional leadership courses emphasize comprehensive theoretical applied leadership concepts and contemporary problems from the perspective of alternative disciplines (i.e., legal, ethical, human resource and financial).

For additional information, visit the program's website here or call the Graduate Admission Office at (315) 445-5444.