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Ed.D. graduate at the 2016 Commencement Ceremony
Education Doctorate in Executive Leadership (Ed.D.)
  • Program cohort: 20
  • Months to completion: 28
  • Fisher family:1

Education Doctorate in Executive Leadership (Ed.D.)

Develop critical leadership skills in P-12 and higher education, health care, business, non-profit and other industries through Fisher’s Doctor of Education in Executive Leadership program.

This unique, challenging, and rigorous educational experience prepares you for your role as a leader committed to improving environments, opportunities, and outcomes for the organization you lead. As a student in this program, you will develop the critical leadership skills and knowledge that are required in today's increasingly complex, diverse, and information-driven organizations.

Program highlights include:

  • A curriculum structured around working professionals
  • Classes meet Friday evenings and Saturday (every other weekend)
  • Tuition includes laptop computer and books
  • Twenty-eight months to completion, which includes writing and defending your dissertation

Join Us for a Virtual Information Session

Two Ed.D. students collaborate over a laptop and tablet.

Join us for a virtual information session to learn more about the Ed.D. program. Learn about prerequisites, program requirements, and get your questions answered.

Sessions are scheduled throughout the spring to learn about the Ed.D. program at Fisher and at our extension sites.

Upcoming Ed.D. Events

Program Overview

The program's accelerated, cohort model draws on the best practices from a range of disciplines. Your focus will be on relevant and current topics and issues in executive leadership.

The program's curriculum includes 20 courses totaling 60 credits. Courses focus on core leadership competencies and dispositions, with regard to topics such as finances, resource development, public relations techniques, shared governance, diversity, and more.

Applied research and field experiences also factor into the program's curriculum. Finally, you will take advantage of a three-part guided seminar, where faculty and chairs will help you see your doctoral dissertation to its successful completion.

See Yourself at Fisher

The Ed.D. at St. John Fisher College is a dynamic and immersive program that will enhance your leadership skills and professional career. Hear what students and alumni have to say about the transformative nature of the Ed.D. program in the video below.

Ed.D. Extension Sites

Fisher's Ed.D. in Executive Leadership program is also offered outside of the Rochester area, affording executives and managers in other parts of New York state the opportunity to earn a Doctor of Education in Executive Leadership degree.

Please keep in mind that Ed.D. candidates at extension sites are required to take one course on the St. John Fisher College campus. This course is typically completed in one block session (i.e. Monday – Thursday). Transportation and accommodations are provided.

For more information regarding application and admission to the Ed.D. program at an extension site, please contact Fisher's Office of Transfer and Graduate Admissions at (585) 385-8064 or

Iona College

Iona College

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New Rochelle, NY 10801
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Onondaga Community College (OCC)

OCC Regional Higher Education Center

4585 West Seneca Turnpike
Syracuse, NY 13215
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Leaders of for profit and nonprofit organizations equally benefit from the transferable skills afforded by the Ed.D. in Executive Leadership program. The program develops lifelong habits of learning—a skill essential to today’s leaders as they navigate an ever-changing marketplace. ”

James Clark
  • James W. Clark '15
  • Chief Financial Officer, Kodak Moments at Kodak Alaris

The Ed.D. in Executive Leadership program provided a progressive and in-depth experience through a dynamic and engaging curriculum, with opportunities for self-assessment and newly-honed leadership skills. ”

Carlos Medina
  • Dr. Carlos N. Medina '15
  • Retired Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, State University of New York

The Ed.D. in Executive Leadership’s diverse, interprofessional approach to education has enhanced my ability to initiate and implement organizational change that will provide for better community outcomes to care. ”

Esma Paljevic
  • Esma Paljevic '11
  • Assistant Professor, College of Health Professions, Lienhard School of Nursing, Pace University