Interdisciplinary Leadership (Doctorate)

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Lead the way toward a more just world.

Creighton University’s Interdisciplinary Leadership doctoral program is for aspiring leaders who long to affect lasting and meaningful change in their communities, workplaces and beyond.

Rooted in Ignatian values, this program is shaped by the Jesuit ideals of academic excellence, respect for human dignity and a faith that does justice. Throughout the program, students are encouraged to practice critical self-reflection — allowing them to learn, grow and better understand themselves through their experiences at leaders.

Typical students of this program are lifelong learners with a strong desire to gain deep, meaningful knowledge and experience in leadership. Graduates of the program have gone on to follow successful career paths as chief executives, school administrators and educators, marketing and sales leaders, and various other occupations that require strong and value-driven leadership skills.

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Be shaped by a diverse network of peers and faculty members.

Students in Creighton’s Interdisciplinary Leadership doctoral program come from all walks of life, from all over the world. 

As you learn, reflect and grow, you’ll find that your cohort serves as a rich learning community, built to share perspectives and insights in a supportive and interactive environment. You’ll expand your professional network and will reap the benefits of these new relationships for many years to come.

The Interdisciplinary Leadership doctoral program is bookended by two on-campus residences. You’ll visit campus at the start of your journey to meet with faculty members and other students in your cohort. 

Earn your doctorate while growing your career and applying your research.

Many students choose Creighton’s doctorate in interdisciplinary leadership because of its flexibility and limited on-campus requirements. Aside from an on-campus orientation and the defense of your dissertation, all coursework in this program is completed online, allowing you to continue to grow in your career and attend to what’s important to you.

You’ll take a series of eight-week courses, focusing on one course at a time. This program consists of 60 credit hours and can be completed in about 3-4 years.

A doctor of education (EdD) is much different than a doctor of philosophy (PhD). Research for your dissertation is evidence-based and can address challenges within your workforce, industry or field. Unlike a PhD program, this program’s practical approach to research provides an opportunity for you to immediately apply what you’re learning on a daily basis.


To earn the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Interdisciplinary Leadership degree at Creighton University, you must complete 60 credits:

Core Courses

  • Leadership Styles and Reflective Practice
  • Leadership and Applied Ethics
  • Seminar in Interdisciplinary Leadership
  • Leadership Seminar I: Program Orientation and Formulation of Learning
  • Strategic Planning and Management
  • Organizational Theory and Behavior
  • Administrative and Policy Leadership Issues
  • Change Theory and Practice


Electives (choose five)

  • Interdisciplinary Practicum
  • Jesuit and Ignatian Traditions
  • Quality and Accountability Issues
  • Human Resources Leadership and Management
  • Leadership in a Global Society
  • Women and Leadership
  • Applied Development Analysis
  • Leadership in School Improvement
  •  Policies, Politics and School Board
  • Practicum in School System Leadership
  • Technology and Leadership
  • Planning Programs for Adult Learners
  • Writing for Scholarly Publication
  • Catholic Social Teaching and Learning
  • Sustainability Leadership: An Interdisciplinary Approach
  • Leadership, Public Relation and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Financial and Legal Leadership Issues
  • Introduction to Servant Leadership
  • Toxic Leadership
  • Military Leadership
  • Followership
  • Quantitative Research Design and Methods
  • Qualitative Research Design and Methods


Research courses

  • Leadership Seminar II: Analysis and Application of Scholarly Literature
  • Research Design and Professional Inquiry
  • Research Design and Data Analysis
  • Proposal Construction


Dissertation Courses

  • Leadership Seminar III: Portfolio Review and Dissertation Defense
  • Dissertation Research
  • Dissertation Defense


Learning outcomes and mission goals of the program along with detailed descriptions of all courses can be found in Creighton’s course catalog.


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Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application & $50 application fee
  • Master’s or equivalent professional degree
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended for graduate or professional study
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement. See application for specific requirements
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members who can speak to your performance in an academic or professional setting
  • Response to EdD Writing Exercise


A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

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Tuition & Scholarships

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