Degree Options

The Educational Leadership Program at Seattle University is proudly part of The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED).  As per CPED's website:

The Vision of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) is to inspire all schools of education to apply the CPED framework to the preparation of educational leaders to become well-equipped scholarly practitioners who provide stewardship of the profession and meet the educational challenges of the 21st century.  

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The EDLR program at Seattle University prepares ethical, reflective, culturally competent professionals who lead with integrity, embrace diversity and advance social justice in our world. Today's leaders need innovative and critical thinking skills to address the ongoing needs of a dynamic workforce and an ever-changing economy.

 Our doctoral students are developing strong professional networks and learning cutting-edge leadership practices so they can be catalysts for transformative change. They are discovering new opportunities to serve their local, national and global communities. And they are contributing immediately and significantly to the values, principles and practices of their organization.

Whether you are a school administrator or private business leader, government employee or nurse manager, owner of a non-profit or human resources director, a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Seattle University will prepare you for this kind of leadership.


Concentrations allow our students to focus on a program area relevant to their industry.  If you have taken post-graduate courses in any of the above concentration areas within the last six years, you may have already earned credit toward your doctoral degree.  Please contact the program office to learn more.

for current or future higher education leaders who would gain additional expertise in education finance and law, instructional leadership, adult learning and student development

for aspiring school leaders who wish to move into leadership roles; meets Washington State requirements for principal certification

for K-12 instructional leaders preparing for district-level positions in curriculum, special education, professional development and other areas

for those who seek higher-level positions as religious leaders

for leaders seeking options to strengthen skills in public agency management, policy development and analysis or

for those whose work contributes to the efforts of non-profit organizations engaged in issues of social justice and global change

for those working in healthcare administration or who are interested in improving their leadership skills and knowledge