Doctor of Education in Leadership

Next Start
October 2024
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Online, residency options in Seattle or San Diego
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Price per Credit

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership program offers working professionals the opportunity to develop advanced skills in strategic thinking, critical analysis, change management, adult learning, international education, and organizational development.

Students will learn to implement data-driven solutions to today’s leadership challenges, to teach current and future leaders a systematic approach to developing sustainable businesses, and to master skills to be able to work with stakeholders at all levels. Upon graduation, students will have all the necessary tools to assume a senior leadership position in an organization, university, or public school system.

City University of Seattle’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership equips professionals with the skills necessary to address the leadership challenges of today. This flexible, affordable and applied leadership program is designed to fit your career needs.

In this program, you have the opportunity to specialize in one of three concentration areas:

  • Organizational leadership
  • Higher educational leadership
  • Specialized study. Popular specialized study options include:
    • Inspired teacher leadership
    • Strategic innovation and decision making
    • Adult education and online learning
    • Nonprofit leadership
    • Global leadership
    • Entrepreneurship

Many students will have the option to transfer up to 12 graduate quarter credits from their accredited graduate degree programs. Some students with extensive experience in relevant content areas may also have the option to challenge up to 12 quarter credits in their concentration once they have demonstrated success as a doctoral student.

Get started today by contacting an advisor.

  • High student satisfaction: 92% of doctoral students surveyed are “satisfied” or “highly satisfied” with their overall student experience.
  • High retention rates: 87% of students stay in the program.
  • Regional accreditation: CityU’s doctoral program is recognized for its academic rigor, high-quality curriculum, and extensive student support.
  • Time to completion: You can complete your coursework in as few as two and half years if you are motivated and have graduate credits to transfer in. Ask an advisor for more info.
  • Competitive pricing: This doctoral program has been praised for its reasonably priced tuition.
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The Ed.D. program is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).


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