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Doctor of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership

Creighton University’s Interdisciplinary Leadership doctoral program is designed to help aspiring leaders effect lasting and meaningful change in their communities, workplaces and beyond. This degree program offers a values-based curriculum focused on developing ethical leaders who can make a positive impact on the world around them.

The adaptability of the knowledge and leadership skills gained from this research-based program have enabled Doctor of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership graduates to follow successful career paths in business, health care, criminal justice, education administration, government and more.

Utilize applied research to enhance your career

Many students choose Creighton’s Interdisciplinary Leadership doctoral program because of its flexibility and limited on-campus requirements. You can enjoy taking all of your classes online, while experiencing the advantage of networking with faculty and peers during a required, on-campus residency in week eight of your first term. In addition, you will visit campus about halfway through the program as you formally begin work on your dissertation. We find that this approach allows students to continue to grow in their career and take care of what’s important to them.

You’ll take a series of eight-week courses, focusing on one course at a time. Research for your dissertation is evidence-based and can address challenges within your workforce, industry or field. You will be encouraged to choose a topic of personal importance for your research, so you’ll experience both personal and professional growth through practical, focused research opportunities. This allows you to immediately apply what you’re learning to your life and career as you complete the program.

Join a diverse and successful network of peers and faculty

Students and faculty in Creighton’s Doctor of Education in Interdisciplinary Studies program come from all walks of life, from all over the world. While you learn, reflect and grow, you’ll discover that this diverse academic family creates a rich learning community that excels at sharing perspectives and insights in a supportive and interactive environment.

As a graduate of Creighton’s Doctor of Education in Interdisciplinary Studies program, you’ll expand your professional network and will reap the benefits of these new relationships for many years to come as part of a thriving alumni community.

Program At A Glance

Doctor of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership

This program is offered Online

Application Deadline

July 1

November 15


  • Master’s degree or equivalent professional degree
  • Official transcripts from all graduate-level coursework
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Application
  • Additional requirements for international students
  • Writing Sample


Program Goals and Curriculum

The Doctor of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership (EdD) program consists of 60 credit hours and can be completed in just under 4 years. To earn the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Interdisciplinary Leadership degree, you’ll need to complete a core curriculum and a selection of electives, research courses and dissertation courses.

Core curriculum consists of:

  • Leadership Styles and Reflective Practice
  • Leadership and Applied Ethics
  • Seminar in Interdisciplinary Leadership
  • Leadership Seminar I: Program Orientation and Formulation of Learning
  • Strategic Planning and Management
  • Organizational Theory and Behavior
  • Administrative and Policy Leadership Issues
  • Change Theory and Practice

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With increasing self-knowledge, leaders are empowered to work mindfully toward a more just community, workplace and world. Our respected faculty at Creighton strives to help students strengthen that ability and work to achieve their goals.

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Specific Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Interdisciplinary Leadership EdD program, applicants must:

  • Complete an application
  • Possess a master’s or equivalent professional degree
  • Provide official transcripts from all graduate-level coursework. Read more about sending transcripts here
  • Include a resume or curriculum vitae
  • Submit a personal statement (see application for specific requirements)
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members
  • Respond to the EdD Writing Exercise

A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

Due to residency requirements, international students may face difficulties in this program, but are welcome to apply. Please work directly with your enrollment specialist to discuss your situation and how Creighton can support you.

International applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more details.

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance.

Learn more about funding your education

Have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have.



All admitted students are eligible to submit an application for the Community Development Scholarship. A maximum of $6,000 will be awarded to up to five students who demonstrate financial need and will begin the Ed.D. program in the term selected. Scholarship applications must be received by the admissions deadline for the term. Students who apply will be evaluated on the following criteria*:

  • The degree to which the applicant sees helping others as a priority in their professional and personal life.
  • Evidence of scholastic and leadership potential
  • Mastery of the English Language, expressed in writing
  • Financial Need

*Students who are selected to receive the scholarship must begin the Ed.D. program in the term to which they were admitted. The awarded students must maintain continuous enrollment in the Ed.D. Program throughout their studies and be in good standing with the program and university. In addition, should your program be funded by a Creighton University department or you are currently employed by Creighton University, you will not be eligible for the scholarship.

Scholarship Application

Dates and Deadlines

The table below details the enrollment deadlines and starting dates of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact an enrollment specialist for personalized assistance.


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November 15

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