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Ed.D. in Leadership

Is a doctoral degree the bridge to your ultimate professional goal?

Is this the level of knowledge and skills you need to go beyond "succeeding" to "leading"?

Do you value working and learning with colleagues who are guiding organizations of all kinds throughout the community?

If your answer is "yes," you will find many likeminded, committed leaders at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Saint Mary's University makes it possible to earn a doctorate while upholding the responsibilities of your current position. Our Ed.D. in Leadership is a practitioner-oriented program with a curriculum and schedule designed around the lives of working adults. Our 300-year-old LaSallian tradition has a dual focus: supporting your success, and preparing you for service to others. We succeed when you succeed.

Graduates of the Doctor of Education in Leadership program serve in a variety of fields and leadership positions. These include deans and presidents of colleges, tenured faculty members at various colleges and universities, leaders of health care institutions and other non-profit organizations, as well as superintendents and principals in a variety of K-12 schools.

The Ed.D. in Leadership program is not limited to teachers and school administrators - If you are interested in education and leadership in K-12 or higher education, industry, social service, healthcare, or any number of fields, we invite you become part of our culturally, socially and intellectually diverse learning community.

“Saint Mary's provides a friendly, collegial environment with a focus on creating a learning community of persons from around the world. Saint Mary's University faculty, staff and other students provide opportunities for leadership, and support students on their journeys to successful careers.”
-Professor Sally Baas, Director, SE Asian Teacher Licensure, Hmong Culture & Language Programs
Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota

Delivery Options

The Ed.D. offers two formats to meet the various learning and schedule needs of adult learners. Courses can be completed face-to-face during the evenings and some weekends at the Twin Cities Campus in Minneapolis or at the Rochester Center.

Alternatively, blended learning cohorts are offered in which learners complete three two-week summer residencies in the Twin Cities metro area with the rest of the program completed within a supportive online learning community. Learners in the blended cohorts follow the same curricular path as those in the traditional model, however, the majority of the coursework is completed online.

Interested in being a K-12 Principal or Superintendent?

Take a look at Saint Mary's Education Specialist Degree in Educational Administration. Talk to an admission counselor about your program options.

Degree Requirements


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