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Doctorate in Leadership: Frequently Asked Questions

What type of doctoral program is Creighton’s Doctorate in Leadership?
What is the difference between a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Leadership?
How long are the courses?
How many courses do I take per academic term?
How long does the program take?
When can I start?
Is there a residency requirement?
Is the program available on campus?
What is Interdisciplinary Leadership?
What is a Jesuit education?
What are the admission requirements for the program?
What is the admissions process?
What are the technology requirements for this program?

Q. What type of doctoral program is Creighton’s Doctorate in Leadership?
A. The online Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Leadership is a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) program.

Q. What is the difference between a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Leadership?
A. A Doctor of Education is a practice-based degree for working professionals, centered on the real-world application of leadership concepts and hands-on workplace research. Alternatively, a Doctor of Philosophy is a research-based degree for academics, focused on the study and development of leadership theories and independent, on-campus research.

To learn more about the differences among doctoral leadership degrees, click here.

Q. How long are the courses?
A. Each course lasts 8 weeks, except for the orientation (ILD 808), the practicum (ILD 811) and the dissertation (ILD 899). In addition, the practicum for superintendents (ILD 830) is a 16-week course.

Q. How many courses do I take per academic term?
A. Most of our adult students who are working full-time take one online course per eight-week session. You can expect to spend about 15 to 20 hours per week on your coursework.

Q. How long does the program take?
A. Students that take one course per session can finish the program in 3 1/2 years.

Q. When can I start?
A. Cohorts for the Doctorate in Leadership program begin twice a year—January and August. Applications are reviewed year round, and program managers work with candidates concurrently to ensure application materials are finalized in advance of the next available start. Click here to apply.

Q. Is there a residency requirement?
A. Yes. There are two required residencies that take place on the Creighton University campus in Omaha, Nebraska. The first residency serves as a four-day orientation where students will meet their classmates and faculty, while the second concludes the program with the degree candidate’s dissertation defense.

Q. Is the program available on campus?
A. No, the Doctorate in Leadership was specifically designed to be a flexible, online program, accessible to high-achieving leaders across the globe. Students will have the opportunity to interact with their classmates in person during the two on-campus residencies. Also, students have the option to attend 2-4 day on-campus writing workshops that take place several times a year.

Q. What is Interdisciplinary Leadership?
A. Interdisciplinary leadership involves working with professionals from a variety of backgrounds and industries to help them improve outcomes and champion change in their organizations. Interdisciplinary leadership offers an inclusive approach that highlights each student’s unique perspectives, as well as those from faculty in arts and sciences, business, education, health and law.

Q. What is a Jesuit education?
A. As a Jesuit university, Creighton promotes principles of service, social justice and self-reflection. While these principles extend into the student experience, coursework is not explicitly religious in nature, nor is it partial to any specific faith tradition.

Q. What are the admission requirements for the program?
A. Students seeking admission to the online Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Leadership should have a master's or equivalent professional degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must submit the following documents before a candidate review can begin:

  • A completed formal application for admission, together with a $50 nonrefundable application fee; a letter of application; and a title page containing your name, address, work and home telephone numbers; your e-mail address, your employing institution name and address, your position, and the dates held.
  • An official transcript of all college work attempted and completed, sent directly from each institution attended. Photocopies from students are not acceptable.
  • A copy of your resumé that includes leadership experience and personal statement of goals related to leadership.
  • An essay describing your leadership experience and goals related to leadership.
  • Two samples of writing and/or research. Ideal samples include papers you have done for classes in your master's program, such as a thesis or field project, or reports or documents done in conjunction with your employment.
  • Three or more letter of recommendation forms from individuals familiar with your ability to perform in an academic and/or professional setting.
  • All foreign applicants are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have the scores sent to Creighton unless they can demonstrate proficiency in English in some other way. A minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test) is required.

Applications are reviewed and evaluated comprehensively. Acceptance to the program is dependent on the full breadth of candidates’ professional and academic experience, rather than their ability to meet a formal list of requirements with respect to background, GPA, test scores and years in the workforce.

Q. What is the admissions process?
A. The first step in the admissions process is to speak with a Program Manager. To contact a Program Manager, please request information here or call 866.717.6365. A program admissions committee will recommend admission after weighing the application, background, interest and promise of the prospective student. Students will be notified by the Dean of the Graduate School regarding final action and status of the application.

Q. What are the technology requirements for this program?
A. View this site for the answer.

If you have additional questions, call 866.717.6365 to speak to a Program Manager, or request more information today.