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Executive Program in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy


Application Deadlines
February 1: Early Decision
March 1: Regular Decision

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Degree: Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
Credits: 45
Career Path: Advancement in higher education and K-12 careers. Ed.D. is often required for assistant superintendent and superintendent positions in K-12 and for dean and vice president level positions in higher education.

Start Semester: Fall
Campus: Lincoln Center
Full-time/Part-time: Part-time

The Division of Educational Leadership, Administration & Policy in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University offers a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) for practicing educational leaders and other educational professionals. The cohort organizational mode is offers courses in sequence so students take their program of study together as a group. Approximately 8-12 students are admitted each fall to the cohort. Students come from backgrounds in higher education, public school administration, and the business and non-profit communities.

Courses are scheduled on Friday evenings and Saturdays to meet the needs of working professionals. All cohorts take the core classes, but other courses may vary from year to year depending on program needs and faculty availability.

Program Pre-Requisites

Applicants must meet general requirements for graduate study in the Graduate School of Education. All applicants must:
  • Possess a masters degree
  • Submit two references and a personal statement
  • Submit scores either for either the GRE or the MAT examination
  • Have a minimum 3.5 graduate grade point average and a 3.0 at the undergraduate level
  • Three years of educational leadership experience preferred
  • Demonstrate satisfactory command of oral and written English
  • Participate in an interview with faculty

Admissions Information

Visit the Admissions section for applications and general application requirements.

Application Deadlines
: Fall start
  • February 1: Early Decision
  • March 1: Regular Decision

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Additional Academic Requirements

Qualifying Paper
At the end of the first year of doctoral study, students are required to pass a qualifying examination. The purpose of the exam is to provide clear evidence that candidates show promise for successfully completing the doctoral dissertation. Specifically, the exam reflects the student’s ability to develop a major argument and handle a preliminary research assignment with reasonable facility.

Research Seminar Requirement
During the second year of the programs, students are required to register for three semesters of Research Apprenticeship Seminar, which meets one week night per month from September through May. A final project is required for completion of Seminar. The Research Seminar offers presentations on topics related to the development and completion of the dissertation.

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