Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Catholic Leadership & Faith-Based Education

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Catholic school administrators face many unique challenges. In response, the Graduate School of Education has designed specialized sequences of courses leading to the master’s degree and doctoral degree that provide Catholic school personnel with the knowledge and skills necessary for them, as educational leaders, to keep faith with the future. The programs address the particular needs of those who work within Catholic church-related educational programs; however, in keeping with the objective of ecumenical dialogue, candidates from other religious backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to participate in these leadership development programs.

Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree for Church and Non-Public School Leaders
Administration and Supervision (Ph.D.) (57 credits)
The primary focus of the Church and Non-Public School Leadership Program is the preparation and development of leaders and key administrators in church and church-affiliated schools. This doctoral program enables present and potential leaders to complement their studies in administration with courses taken in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education

Admission Requirements Applicants seeking admission to the Ph.D. program in administration and supervision must meet the general requirements for admission to doctoral study in the Graduate School of Education and these program-specific requirements:
  • Possess a master's degree from an accredited college or university with a major or concentration in an appropriately related area, earing a minimum GPA of 3.5 or better;
  • Have completed three years of appropriate professional experience;
  • Show evidence of leadership potential, seriousness of purpose and effective communication skills;
  • Demonstrate a satisfactory command of oral and written English;
  • Provide two references; and
  • Have earned a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) with test scores must be less than five years old.
Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) degree in Education
Administation and Supervision M.S.Ed. (30 Credits)
The center offers a Signature Master's degree in Educational Leadership Administration and Policy along two possible paths of study. Each path provides current and aspiring administrators the opportunity to study educational leadership in a religiously oriented school environment.

The first path leads to a master's degree with eligibility for New York State School Building Leader (SBL) certification. Thiscertification is appropriate for such positions as principal, supervisor, department chair, assistant principal, coordinator and unit head. Elective courses are offered for candidates who will also seek School District Leadership (SDL) certification. SDL certification is appropriate for diocesan and/or central leadership.

The second path of study also leads to a master’s degree in administration and supervision. It is designed for candidates who wish to develop their knowledge and skills for a leadership role in Catholic education but are are not seeking state certification. This program does not require prior teacher certification for admission. This degree is most suitable for international students.

Most courses are taught at our Lincoln Center Campus but we also offer offsite courses at the following schools: General Admissions Requirements
Students must meet the general requirements for admission to graduate study in the Graduate School of Education. Students seeking admission to the program leading to eligibility for SBL certification must meet the teaching experience prerequisites for certification as established by the New York State Education Department.

Selection of Previous Summer Institutes
  • Mysticism: A Path to Leadership (Avila, Spain)
  • At the Origins of the Global Village: Challenging Educational Leaders to Explore the Complexity of Our World (Fatima, Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Charism, Culture and Collaboration (Paris, France)
  • Refounding Catholic Education (Lake Cuomo, Verona, Vince, Italy)
  • School Leaders: Bridging Cultures (Vienna, Austria; Budapest, Hungary)
  • Secularism Betwixt and Between: A Challenge for Educators (England and Scotland)
  • Pedagogy of Paul (Syracuse, Naples, Montecassino, Rome, Italy)

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