Leadership and Innovation (EdD)

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Program Description

The EdD in Leadership and Innovation is a rigorous 24-month online doctoral program that combines the discipline of a top-tier university with an innovative approach to education and leadership. Rooted in a rigorous, cohort-style academic experience, this advanced degree program is designed for cross-sector leaders who are motivated to create change in education and organizational learning. Coursework culminates in a completed Problem of Practice, an innovation or improvement study embedded in the student’s professional organization, which drives the actionable and practice-focused nature of the degree. This program serves current leaders from across fields who understand that by working and learning together, they can affect sustainable and scalable change in their organizations.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Educational Leadership program assume key leadership roles in education and nonprofit organizations, nationally and internationally. Among them are superintendents, principals, directors, and supervisors of various programs, school business administrators, assistant principals, university professors, policy researchers, policy analysts, community organizers, and education advocates.


Admission to graduate programs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development requires the following minimum components:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Proficiency in English

See NYU Steinhardt's Graduate Admissions website for additional information on school-wide admission. Some programs may require additional components for admissions.

See Admission Requirements for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.