Doctoral FAQ

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The program accepts post-master’s transfer credits that align with program course with a maximum of 24 credits.

The program ensures a 4 year pathway to degree completion with course work being completed in less than 3 years which includes the draft of the first three chapters of the five chapter dissertation.

The program is delivered on line with the exception of two one-week summer residencies required on during the third week in July. The on-campus residencies are in years one and two of the program.

Students completing the doctorate course may seek to meet the competency requirements to apply for their Minnesota school administrative license with the completion of six internship credits, a digital portfolio and a situational observation interview.

Students enroll in two 3 credits courses every semester including summers. Each course is 8 weeks in length blending synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences.

Yes, the doctorate program has a general focus on leadership development and performance, no matter the career path.  Currently, the CSP program is supporting students in the following career fields:

Higher Education                              Healthcare                          Law Enforcement

K-12 Leadership                                Government                      Non-profit Organizations

Private Business                               Private Consulting           Ministry

Yes, the doctorate program is designed to allow the students to complete their degree while being employed.  Currently, 96% of the students in the program are fully employed and advancing in their degree completion.  The program also provides learning on work-life balance for the students.

Yes, the dissertation is the capstone project of the doctorate degree. The dissertation is intended to advance a personal topic of leadership passion for each student. Students will complete a draft of your first three chapters by the end of your course work and a modified dissertation approach can be designed by working with the department leadership.

The Ed.D. Profile of a Graduate noted below identifies the attainable leadership outcomes upon completion of the program.

CSP Ed.D. Profile of a Graduate: The graduate profile identifies the attainable Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) Leadership Outcomes through a collective commitment from all students, faculty and instructors in four areas of focus- Leadership, Scholarship, Innovation and Community (click here).

Ed.D. Program Introduction Video(click here).

Ed.D. Program Overview – Interview with Department Chair:  (click here).

Ed.D.’s EDGE Enhancements

Concordia University’s Educational Leadership Program recognizes several learning and leadership enhancements for students seeking their Doctorate in Education degree.  These opportunities create a “value edge” over graduate programs in other institutions.

  • Providing a personal mentor throughout program experience.
  • Creating and implementing a Personal Leadership Profile Website for future leadership opportunities.
  • Guaranteeing a four-year pathway to degree completion.
  • Completing the doctorate degree for under $40,000.
  • Incorporating the completion of dissertation drafts in Chapters 1, 2 & 3 within the course work.
  • Featuring the opportunity to complete programming for seeking a Minnesota School Administrative Licensure.
  • Serving students over 6 different career fields.

Faculty and Bios


  • Dr. Acacia Nikoi
  • Dr. Gwen Peyton
  • Dr. Bryan Bass
  • Dr. Anna Farrell
  • Dr. Andy Vollmuth
  • Dr. Richard Bamattre