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Administration and Supervision (PhD)

Jesuit directing student - LG

Church and Non-Public School Leadership

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

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.

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.

Application Deadlines

February 1: Early Decision
March 1: Regular Decision

Browse the Admissions section for more about the application and financial aid processes.

Program Curriculum

Browse course schedules and descriptions.

Basic Program of Study
Students must take 33 credits from the following:

  • Administration and Supervision Seminar (ASGE7431)
  • Advanced Seminar for Non-public School Administration (ASGE7439)
  • Clinic for School Administrators (ASGE6531)
  • Critical Issues in Administration and Supervision (ASGE6461)
  • Data Analysis and Accountability (ASGE7333)
  • Economics and Finance of Education (ASGE7322)
  • Educational Management and Policy (ASGE6331)
  • History of Education (UEGE6276)
  • Impact of Prejudice on Minority Groups in America (UEGE6243)
  • Leading a Learning Organization (ASGE7444)
  • Leading Organizational Change (ASGE7442)
  • Philosophy of Education (UEGE6001)
  • Political Factors in Administration and Supervision (ASGE7430)
  • Seminar in Ethics and Social Justice (ASGE7448)
  • Seminar in Leadership (ASGE7428)
  • Seminar in Organizational Behavior (ASGE7440)
  • Seminar in Organizational Culture (ASGE7446)
  • Seminar in Organizational Theory (ASGE7432)
  • Seminar in the Spirituality of Leadership (ASGE7450)
  • Social Theories and Education (ASGE7429)
  • Strategic Thinking, Planning, and Implementation (ASGE7435)
  • Urban Education: Problems and Perspectives (UEGE6241)
  • Urban Sociology and Education (UEGE6330)

Research Component
Students must take nine to 12 credits from the following:

  • Advanced Statistics in Administration and Supervision (ASGE6220)
  • Directed Research in Administration and Supervision (ASGE8505)
  • Dissertation Seminar: PhD (three credits maximum toward degree) (ASGE8751)
  • Field Research in Administration and Supervision (ASGE7531)
  • Historical and Descriptive Research (ASGE6371)
  • Research in Educational Administration I (ASGE7721)
  • Research in Educational Administration II (ASGE7731)

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.

Other Requirements

  • Comprehensive Assessment Exam (0 credit) (ASGE0901)
  • Doctoral Residency Seminar (0 credit) (EDGE8001)
  • Permanent Matriculation (0 credit) (ASGE0900)


GSE Admissions
Phone: 212-636-6400

Program Faculty
Dr. Gerald Cattaro