Leadership and Innovation (EdD)

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Program Description

The EdD in Leadership and Innovation is a rigorous online doctoral program that can be completed in as few as 24 months. The program 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 sectors who understand that by working and learning together, they can affect sustainable and scalable change in their organizations.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the EdD, Leadership and Innovation program emerge as versatile leaders prepared to tackle complex challenges across education, government, non-profits, healthcare, for-profit corporations, and philanthropy on a global scale. They assume key roles such as executive directors, chief officers, policy advisors, and academic deans, shaping policies, driving innovation, and fostering collaboration. Whether serving as superintendents in education, policymakers in government, healthcare administrators, or executives in corporations, they leverage their leadership and innovation expertise to enact meaningful change. Some transition to academia, while others embark on sectoral shifts, demonstrating a commitment to driving impactful initiatives and addressing societal challenges with vision and purpose.


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.