College of Education
Doctorate in Educational Leadership

Doctorate in Educational Leadership

  • Our doctoral program seeks future leaders to be catalysts for transformative change. Our doctorate degree in Educational Leadership prepares professionals to guide the talents of employees and managers, using an imaginative vision to move their organizations forward. Our graduates build strong community through ethical service and are culturally competent to work in a diverse, interdependent world.

    The Educational Leadership Doctoral Program (EDLR) is a practiced-based degree that prepares ethical, reflective, culturally competent professionals who lead with skill, demonstrate integrity, embrace diversity and advance social justice. Established in 1976, the program has a distinguished reputation for producing leaders who are making a difference in our world including chancellors and college presidents, award-winning superintendents and principals, and leaders in business, non-profit organizations, business, healthcare, and the government.

    Seattle University's Jesuit values in support of social justice, community engagement, diversity and cultural competency make our program truly unique. Our program expands critical thinking skills, engages participants through a challenging curriculum, and involves students in real-life leadership practice.

    Informing the program study are these themes: the leader as self, the leader in organizations, and the leader in a global and interdependent world.

    The curriculum for the program includes three main strands:

    1. Leadership
    2. Research
    3. Professional Concentration

    Program Features

    Designed for the working professional, our program features:

    • Evening and weekend classes with learning modules that are offered at a variety of times and in different formats.
    • The benefit of a cohort model
    • Professional concentrations tailored to fit students’ roles in education or professional fields such as healthcare, business, ministry, nonprofit and public administration
    • Opportunity to work with and learn from a tight-knit learning community of skilled leaders from diverse fields
    • Emphasis is placed on a social justice component to open doors for expanding multicultural competencies
    • Caring and challenging faculty
    • Strong alumni network
    • Coursework is completed in 3 years, although students may choose to spend more time to finish their doctoral thesis.

  • At a Glance

    Average time to complete degree: 3 - 4 years, 2 - 3 classes per quarter
    Classes offered: Evenings, Weekends, Summer Quarter
    Credits needed: 90 - 96 
    Program begins: Summer Quarter once per year