Prospective Student Information

“I have definitely grown in my reflection capabilities in all areas of my life.  I am also much more aware of the Jesuit presence and gifts in my life.  Social justice has become closer to my heart.”
–Dr. Deborah Torres, Command Information Management Officer, United States Army Civilian,  Class of 2014

The Interdisciplinary Ed.D. Program in Leadership attracts students from a variety of fields, including individuals who work in educational institutions, health care facilities, diverse business enterprises, and other organizations.  The program is grounded in principles that prepare and enhance a Practitioner-Scholar approach to learning and graduate education.  The faculty is made up of individuals, some who are practitioners and others who are academic scholars.  The program is a flexible, interdisciplinary, practice-based Doctor of Education program that provide graduates with an understanding of leadership practice, theory, research, and policy necessary to develop organizations and people for a changing world. 

“At its heart, this program is about far more than a degree or a dissertation.  It is about changing the world by changing people and I am honored to have been a part of it.” –Dr. Kristin Trahan Winford, Managing Director of Operations, Class of 2013.

In the tradition of our Catholic, Jesuit institution, students dialogue in an interdisciplinary environment designed to increase their understanding of self and how to work with, develop, and motivate others. 

The program is a generalist leadership program for individuals holding mid-level leadership/management positions who want to improve, enhance, or develop their skills or prepare themselves to assume the next higher leadership position or seek new job opportunities and achieve systemic, transformational change. 

Students will acquire the tools and knowledge, as well as the practical skills to impact and transform their workplace and community positively. 

The program is based on the belief that skill and expertise in leadership is applicable in a variety of settings; one need not be a specialist in an area to serve in a leadership capacity.  We hold the belief that all people in the program are better served when they have an opportunity to share with people from multiple segments of the marketplace rather than asking students to limit themselves to one specialization.  We believe students broadly prepared are able to serve in a variety of capacities in a variety of environments.



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