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Education Doctorate in Executive Leadership (Ed.D.)
  • Program Cohort: 20
  • Months to Completion: 28
  • Alumni Network:500+

Education Doctorate in Executive Leadership (Ed.D.)

Develop critical community leadership skills for education, health care, business, public administration, and other human service sectors.

Obtain your doctoral degree for advanced leadership positions through our accelerated, rigorous, multidisciplinary, and highly supportive program of study that incorporates cutting-edge learning technologies, innovative teaching, applied research, and customized student services.

Ed.D. Program Overview

Fisher's Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Executive Leadership prepares you for executive leadership roles within the context of a diverse, information-driven, and increasingly global society. Through critical and applied research, you will develop strategies to solve complex challenges and improve organizational environments. 

Courses focus on leadership competencies, organizational development, strategic planning, public policy, and data-driven decision-making. Customized learning includes field experiences, guided dissertation seminars, and your dissertation committee aligned with your leadership research interests.

Ed.D. Program Highlights

The education doctorate at St. John Fisher University allows working professionals to advance their executive leadership skills through a rigorous program featuring:

  • Hybrid instruction that combines the flexibility of digital learning with the depth of in-person learning.
  • Convenient in-person classes that meet Friday evenings and Saturday (every 4 to 5 weeks) to fit the demands of working professionals.
  • Accelerated format with only 28 months to completion, which includes writing and defending your dissertation.
  • Access to an alumni network of more than 500 executive-level leaders serving across the state and beyond.

Join Us for an Information Session

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Join us for an information session to learn more about the Ed.D. program. Learn about prerequisites, program requirements, and get your questions answered.

Sessions are scheduled throughout the spring to learn about the Ed.D. program at Fisher and at our extension site.

Virtual Information Sessions

Westchester Campus Location

Rochester Campus Location

In-Person Information Sessions

Information Session for Rochester Campus Location:

  • Ed.D. in Executive Leadership Information Session and Dinner
    Giancarlo's Sicilian Steakhouse and Pizzeria
    5110 Main Street, Suite 125
    Williamsville, N.Y. 14221
    Tuesday, April 4 at 6 p.m. | Register for the 4/4 event

Ed.D. Program Outcomes

By the end of the program, candidates will successfully demonstrate the following learning outcomes through a critical and equitable lens:

  • Apply knowledge and dispositions required for effective leadership.
  • Design and conduct research.
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret data to inform decision-making in an organization or community.
  • Plan strategically to advance an organization’s mission and goals using effective communication and collaboration.
  • Evaluate implications and sustainability of public policies and practices within social systems.
  • Identify and evaluate ethical or moral dilemmas with tools that can lead to beneficial outcomes for individuals and organizations.
  • Articulate strategies and practices to apply culturally relevant frameworks and theories in organizations.
  • Demonstrate the leadership practices needed to appreciate, retain, and maximize the talents of a diverse workforce.
  • Apply or practice introspective and reflective leadership practices using personal strengths and coaching to advance personal and professional goals.
  • Synthesize and apply research, knowledge, and skills to inform change and increase organizational capacity.


Program tuition for students enrolling in summer 2023 is $1,277 per credit hour, pending approval February 2023.

Ed.D. Extension Site

Fisher's Ed.D. in Executive Leadership program is also offered at the Iona University campus in Westchester, affording executives and managers in other parts of New York state the opportunity to earn a Doctor of Education in Executive Leadership degree.

Please keep in mind that Ed.D. candidates at Iona University are required to take one course on Fisher's campus. This course is typically completed in one block session (e.g., Wednesday – Sunday).

For more information regarding application and admission to the Ed.D. program at Iona University, please contact Fisher's Office of Transfer and Graduate Admissions at (585) 385-8064 or

Iona University

Iona University

715 North Ave
New Rochelle, NY 10801
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 In this program, you learn to build the capacity to work with and learn from others. It was a joyous learning experience. I understand my role in providing leadership through distinguished service and creating a future for others. ”

Dr. Greta Strong
  • Dr. Greta Strong '13
  • Assistant Professor of Community Outreach Teaching in Neurology and Chair of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Weill Cornell Medicine

 This program is a game changer. It opens doors to possibilities and opportunities. It is intense, but I would do it all over again. ”

Sean Davenport
  • Dr. Sean Davenport ’18
  • Community Superintendent at NYC Department of Education

 The Ed.D. program allowed me to build confidence in public speaking, networking with a team, and conducting research—setting a powerful foundation for me as I continued in my professional career in the field of higher education. ”

Angela Rios
  • Dr. Angela Rios '19
  • Associate Vice President for Learning and Student Success at SUNY Orange

 I have learned to become a better leader. I am a better educator because of the Ed.D. program. ”

Mike Seils