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Education Doctorate in Executive Leadership (Ed.D.)

The Education Doctorate in Executive Leadership (Ed.D.) program is designed for managers and executives in education and other related organizations. This education program provides candidates with an opportunity to develop the critical leadership skills and knowledge that are required in today's increasingly complex, diverse, and information-driven organizations.

Ed.D. Program Highlights

  • 60 credit hour program
  • 28 month program (2 1/2 years) which includes writing and defending Dissertation
  • Structured around working professionals
  • Classes meet Friday evenings/Saturday (every other weekend)
  • Tuition includes laptop computer and books

Admission Requirements

The Ed.D. in Executive Leadership admits a cohort of approximately 25 candidates.

Admission is limited to qualified candidates who have:

  • Minimum of three years of successful management/administrative level experiences
  • Completed a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education

Application Process

Please submit the following:

  • Completed Online Application or Admission Application [pdf]
  • Official college transcripts documenting completion of a master's degree
  • Two Letters of Recommendation [pdf] from successful leaders currently practicing in your profession or a related profession. (Note: You can now submit recommendation letters online. Please refer to the Online Application for instructions.)
  • Supervisor's Performance Appraisal Form [pdf] which documents employment history and performance for the most recent two years. (Note: The Supervisor's Appraisal Form can now be submitted online. Please refer to the Online Application for instructions.)
  • Three professional writing samples of no longer than five pages each, with the total not exceeding ten pages
  • Current résumé
  • Concise essay of no more than one typed page, outlining your vision of leadership and reasons for applying to the program

If you meet the above requirements, you will be required to:

  • Participate in a formal interview process
  • Provide an on-demand writing sample the day of the interview

students in an Ed.D. class

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (585) 385-8064 or

Ed.D. Program Locations

Main Location

St. John Fisher College
Rochester, NY
Summer (May) program start

*Extension Sites

The College of New Rochelle
New Rochelle, NY
Summer (May) program start

Onondaga Community College
Regional Higher Education Center
Syracuse, NY
Summer (May) program start

*All Ed.D. candidates at extension sites will be required to take one course on the St. John Fisher College campus. Course is typically completed in one block session (i.e. Thursday – Monday). Transportation and accommodations provided.

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