Interdisciplinary Leadership (Doctorate of Education)

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Lead the way toward a more just world.

Exceptional leadership goes far beyond the science of management — it’s about transforming and inspiring the people around you. Creighton University’s Doctorate of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership 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 Doctorate of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership program come from all walks of life, from all over the world. You will learn from and collaborate with students and faculty members across various career fields — from healthcare to education to military to business and more. 

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 

The Doctorate of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership 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. These early, face-to-face interactions will help you build relationships — making online interactions throughout the program that much more meaningful. You’ll return to campus toward the end of your program to defend your dissertation.

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.

Admissions Requirements

  • Master’s or equivalent professional degree from an accredited institution
  • Completed application (requires non-refundable $50 fee). Must include the following documents:
    • Resume or curriculum vitae
    • Statement purpose essay of 5-7 pages
    • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
    • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who have a graduate degree or a higher degree than the applicant. Recommendations should be from professionals and professors from a graduate degree program who know the applicant well and can speak to the applicant’s capabilities and suitability for a doctoral program. The letters should not come from relatives or subordinates.
    • Two writing and/or research samples with at least one academic paper, preferably from the applicant’s graduate degree program, that is the candidate’s own writing (no multiple author papers)
  • International students: International applicants from countries in which English is not the primary language must demonstrate proficiency in English language by submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 90 iBT.

Creighton University reserves the right to request GRE scores or a personal interview as part of the admissions process.

Tuition & Scholarships

Tuition and Fees
Financial Aid
Scholarships offered by the University
Scholarships offered by third parties

For questions about financial aid, contact:
gpfinaid [at] creighton [dot] edu

Important Dates & Deadlines

Program Start Dates
August and January

Application Deadlines
Early July for August start, late November for January start.

Up to 45 students are accepted for each start. The application process for the Doctorate of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership program is highly competitive.

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