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You are already a leader. The online EdD in Leadership and Innovation from NYU Steinhardt uplevels and leverages your leadership to meet your career goals and effect transformative change.

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Program overview

Persistent organizational challenges and innovation require us to look beyond our silo for solutions. NYU Steinhardt’s EdD in Leadership and Innovation intentionally gathers leaders from different backgrounds and across sectors to create a culture of cumulative learning where the most diverse perspectives are embraced.

Accelerated model

A rigorous curriculum you can complete in as few as 24 consecutive months.

Intentional cohort design

You join a strong network of cross-sector, senior-level leaders who are change-makers themselves.

GRE not required

You must hold a bachelor’s and master’s degree, plus have at least seven years of work experience in a leadership role.

This different approach to problem-solving will help
you create new processes, solutions, policies, and powerful tools.

  • Each cohort begins with a multi-day in-person immersion on the NYU Steinhardt campus in New York City.
  • All courses are grounded in research that is applied to actual issues encountered in your organization or field.
  • Courses are small (1:25 max) with purposeful groupings.
  • This program can be completed at an accelerated pace in as few as 24 consecutive months.
  • You’ll complete a practice-based capstone project called a “Problem of Practice” (POP) in place of a dissertation.

The EdD in Leadership and Innovation is designed for those in leadership positions within their organization who are invested in education, change management, and scalable learning.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, this program is designed for professionals with at least seven years of work experience who are in a leadership position within their organization. You need to have the positional authority within your organization to manage the innovations or improvements related to the Problem of Practice, which is central to this EdD.

This program can be completed at an accelerated pace in as few as 24 continuous months. The EdD’s thoughtful course work with real-world focus and pace are designed to help you persist through the program. Cohorts move through each class and semester as a group, ensuring a community exists to support retention and completion.

We want you to stay in your professional role while obtaining this EdD. While many doctorates require you to leave your job, we leverage your leadership skills and apply course work to real challenges in your organization and sector.

“I’ve been promoted twice since starting this program—not only because of the credential but also because of my ability to connect everything I’ve learned in the past two years and translate that into the work.”

Dr. Felipe Henao, EdD ’21,
Dean of Students,
New York Institute of Technology

“NYU Steinhardt’s EdD program is an excellent platform for the cross-sector engagement that is so critical to solving the big problems facing us as executives today.”

Dr. Jesse Jackson, EdD ’21,
Chief Learning Officer,
JPMorgan Chase

“Having access to the faculty, cohort, literature, resources, and library, opened up a wealth of knowledge that would either challenge or validate the way we’re thinking.”

Dr. Elisa A. Valls, EdD ’21,
Director of Communications,
Grades K-8 School

“I appreciated the chance to hear so many real-world examples and dilemmas from my cohort members as we discussed what we were learning and reading.”

Dr. Diane Geng, EdD ’21,
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs,
NYU Shanghai


The NYU Steinhardt programs are fully accredited by the New York State Education Department and have been fully accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).