May 21, 2018
The Doctor of Education in Leadership (Ed. D.) is a practitioner‐oriented program with a curriculum and schedule designed around the needs of adult learners. In order to meet the requirements of the degree, students must complete a minimum of 67 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.
Graduates of the Doctor of Education in Leadership program are expected to able to do the following:
- Communicate effectively.
- Engage in complex critical thinking.
- Engage others with justice, empathy, compassion, and cultural competence.
- Become capable contributors to our knowledge.
- Create and nurture learning organizations.
- Lead appropriate organizational change.
- Operate in a complex, global environment.
- Demonstrate leadership competencies.
Program Structure and Delivery
The program is delivered in one of two ways, face-to-face or in a blended format. Students in the blended format participate in three, 2-week summer residencies at the Twin Cities Campus, with online courses during the semester.
|Required Organizational Leadership Core
|Required Education Core
|Required Inquiry Core
|Required Program Examinations
Required Organizational Leadership Core (12 cr)
Required Education Core (15 cr)
Required Inquiry Core (15 cr)
Contextual Electives (12 cr)
Required Program Examinations (13 cr)
Faculty members and advisers for the Doctorate of Education in Leadership program have earned doctorate or equivalent preparation in the areas they teach. Faculty members are selected for their combination of educational and professional expertise.
Applicants may apply for admission to specialist degree and doctorate degree programs at any time during the year. A master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, for which applicant maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, is required for admission. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful graduate coursework. Applicants must complete an interview with the program administrators as part of the admission process.
Applicants must submit:
- Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel) and,
- An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor and master degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits. (An official transcript is one that is sent or carried to the university in an envelope sealed by the granting university. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated by a university accepted evaluation source, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards.)
- All applicants must submit a reflective essay which includes:
- brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience and,
- statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and his or her reasons for seeking admission to this program and,
- description of the areas which the applicant considers to be his or her strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities and,
- personal information the applicant wishes to share.
- Three letters of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability and,
- A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.
Please note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities Campus.