Community College Leadership, Ed.D.

Doctor of Education
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About This Degree

The Ed.D. in Community College Leadership is a practice-focused 55-credit cohort-based online program with an annual 1-week virtual summer institute requirement that is designed to be completed by working professionals in 3 years.  Recognizing the need for future leaders in the community college sector, this program aims to provide students with the essential skills and experiences needed so that they can take on a variety of leadership roles and positions.  For example, graduates of this program may find success as mid-level and high-level administrators, teaching and learning center directors, leaders of student success initiatives, faculty and student services leaders, and more.

As a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) consortium, this program has a strong emphasis on social justice and equity as well as scholarly practice.  Distinguishing features of the program include:

(1) A year-long mentoring and experiential learning component where students are supporting community college partners while guided by national experts.

(2) An emphasis on public scholarship so that students are disseminating research to practitioners in the field.

(3) A program evaluation dissertation that provides students with the opportunity to assess the effectiveness of programs, policies, or practices that address problems of practice in the field.

This program is designed to attract faculty, staff, and administrators, especially those from underrepresented groups, who are passionate about the community college mission of access and success and want to develop or enhance leadership skills.

Admission to the Community College Leadership Program

The NJCU Community College Leadership program is designed to admit candidates who meet the academic requirements for rigorous doctoral study and who possess personal qualities and professional experiences that suggest a strong potential for success both as doctoral students and as educational leaders.  

The following are the requirements of all applicants for the Ed.D. in Community College Leadership:

(1) An earned master's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above;

(2) Professional experience in the field of education; and

(3) Demonstrated academic excellence, problem-solving ability, and an interest in critically assessing and bringing about improvements within current educational policies and practices.

GREs are NOT required.


Application Process

  • Complete the graduate admissions application
  • Submit official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Submit 3 letters of recommendation, based on academic or professional experience.
  • Submit a personal statement of purpose, of between 1000 and 2000 words, that describes reasons for applying to the program and how this doctoral program aligns with career and professional goals.
  • Submit a current resume / curriculum vitae that outlines educational background, employment history, professional activities, and other relevant activities. 
  • Prior to a video conference interview, prepare and submit a 3-5 page response to the following prompt (include citations): Describe an issue facing community colleges today.  Using a social justice and equity lens, what are some innovative approaches to this challenge?


Application Review

Applicants are encouraged to apply early as applications will be reviewed and processed on a rolling basis.  Applications received after April 15th will not be considered unless the program is not at full capacity.

  • Cycle 1 - Priority Review - Due by January 15 
  • Cycle 2 - Normal Review - Due by April 15

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