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    4 Years

Program Overview

Lead with Passion

Are you a globally-minded, ethical leader who appreciates varied perspectives? Ready to take your career up a notch? The Educational Doctorate in Leadership program offered at Saint Mary's is specially designed for professionals who are passionate about the intersection of leadership and scholarship. Since its inception, the program's innovative, practitioner-focused curriculum has inspired leaders in a variety of fields education, healthcare, corporations, non-profits, and more. This program prepares you for so much more than managing people and leading departments. You will become a top-level change-agent, driving strategy and innovating across networks. Grow into your next level in around four years after completing this 61-credit program.

In-person or Online Course Delivery

Enjoy the flexibility of two-course delivery formats and move between modalities as your schedule allows. Our on-campus courses feature in-person classes at the Twin Cites Campus or at our Rochester Center, meeting on average one evening per week plus online learning. Our blended program offers fully online coursework enhanced with three summer residencies held over a long weekend in July.Regardless of your preference, you'll find a diverse learning environment that encourages collaboration, in-depth conversation, and collaboration with your peers.

Your Doctoral Experience

Explore your passion through research and reflection alongside highly-regarded scholar-practitioner faculty. On-campus courses meet one evening per week, typically 5pm-10pm, supplemented with flexible online learning activities. Online courses offer assignments that can be completed in the week on your own schedule. You will also join online group work and discussions at prearranged days and times for some classes. Our students love the opportunity to dig deeply into research they are looking to pursue. Most courses encourage you to apply organizational theory and broad research concepts to your particular areas of interest making the program relevant to you and your goals.

What Sparks Your Curiosity?

Our students are interested in a variety of topics and the beauty of our program is that you are free to explore areas that interest you. Examples of recent dissertations include:

  • Making Peace Possible: Grassroots Peacebuilding Leaders Create and Expand Human Capabilities Through Local Initiatives in Colombia
  • Lived Experiences of Nurse Aides With Their Roles and Responsibilities in Household Model Nursing Homes
  • Cultural Diversity and Teaching Presence in Online Education
  • Cultural Understanding Developed Through Simulated Life Experiences: A Study of White Police Officers and African American Citizens
  • Exploring the Relationship of Project Leadership Style to Organization Success Factors

Career Options

Graduates of this program work in leadership roles within a variety of fields such as healthcare, business, law enforcement, banking, higher education, K-12 education, government, and non-profits. Many alumni work as faculty members in higher education or teach in addition to maintaining professional roles outside of education.

Course Information

In order to meet the requirements of the degree, students must complete a minimum of 61 semester credits. This will include coursework in leadership, education, research, and a choice of contextual electives. After completion of their coursework, students will be required to pass a comprehensive examination before writing a dissertation on a relevant topic.

For more information and course descriptions, check out our course catalog.

Applicants must submit:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Non-refundable application fee
  3. Official transcripts posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree and an official transcript posting the applicant's completed master's degree
  4. Other relevant official transcripts documenting potential transfer credits
  5. International transcripts must be evaluated by a university-accepted evaluator
  6. A reflective essay which includes a brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience, a description of the areas the applicant considers to be their strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities, and any personal information the applicant wishes to share
  7. Three recommendations that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and/or academic ability
  8. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience
  9. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam.
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Key Dates

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Start Date
2021 Summer Semester Term I

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $770 Per Credit


Dissertation Defense fee:$350
Graduation fee:$190

The Saint Mary's Difference

The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.

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