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Church and Non-Public School Leadership

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Church & Non-Public School Leadership

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Credits: 54-57
Start Semester: Fall
Campus: Lincoln Center
Full-time/Part-time: Full-time

Today, Catholic education demands leaders who are: authentically spiritual; deeply rooted in the teachings and wisdom of Catholicism; exceptionally educated; highly creative and imaginative; relationally and politically astute; and exceptionally global in thought and action.

The Center for Catholic Leadership and Faith-Based Education has been an international pioneer and leader of significant research, innovative programs and partnerships with other dioceses. Under the Graduate School of Education, the Center offers a doctoral degree program specifically crafted through the lens of Catholic identity, mission and culture.

The program is organized as a cohort model with 12 to 20 students who take courses together at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus. New cohorts begin each September. Classes meet on Friday evenings and Saturdays when appropriate. During the summer, there are intensive week-long institutes and opportunities for international study.


Application Deadlines
Feb 1: Early Decision
Mar 1: Regular Decision


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Program Prerequisites

Applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to doctoral study in the Graduate School of Education and these program-specific requirements:
  • A masters degree from an accredited college or university with a major of concentration in an appropriately related area, earning a minimum GPA of 3.5 or better;
  • Three years of appropriate professional experience;
  • Evidence of leadership potential, seriousness of purpose and effective communication skills;
  • A satisfactory command of oral and written English;
  • Two references; and
  • A satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) with test scores less than five years old.

Admissions Information

Application Deadlines:
  • February 1: Early Decision
  • March 1: Regular Decision
Visit the Admissions section for applications and general application requirements

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Program Curriculum

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Basic Program of Study: (57 credits)
Students must take 33 credits from the following: Research Component
Students must take nine to 12 credits from the following: Collateral Component
Twelve credits comprise the program’s social science component. Students may take 12 credits in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education.

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