Community College Leadership, Ed.D.

Doctor of Education
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About This Degree

Program Overview

The Ed.D. in Community College Leadership is a practice-focused 55-credit online program with 1-week summer institute requirements 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 are able to 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!

Faculty, staff, and administrators who are passionate about the community college mission of access and success and want to develop or enhance leadership skills are encouraged to contact department faculty or the admissions office.

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 Doctorate in Community College Leadership (CCL):

  • An earned master's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores that are no older than five years or professional experience in the field of education
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in Community Colleges or a related professional setting
  • Demonstrated academic excellence, problem-solving ability, and an interest in critically assessing and bringing about improvements within current educational policies and practices.

Interview: Program candidates will participate in an in-person or video conference interview.


Application Process

  • Complete the graduate admissions application
  • Submit official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores that are no older than five years or verification of higher education experience
  • 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 an in-person or 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



July 27, 2020 - July 30, 2020 (Community College Showcase is on July 28, 2020)

Location:  New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ

Time:  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.