Here, you empower others through strong leadership.
Leaders are the backbone of organizations and communities across
the nation. Governors State’s Doctor of
Education (Ed.D.) in Interdisciplinary Leadership (INLD) prepares
advanced leaders to meet real-world problems and issues with sophisticated,
multi-dimensional perspectives and solutions. Our doctorate program consists of
core courses in leadership, research, planning, communication, globalism, and
finance. In this program, you will focus your studies in one of four advanced
Education Administration, Superintendent (P-12), or Not
for Profit/Social Entrepreneurship Leadership.
this program, you will gain advanced theoretical perspectives of leadership,
prepare to make data-informed decisions, and utilize foresight in strategic
planning in both the public and private sectors. Through coursework, research,
and culminating projects, you will be equipped to lead in situations requiring
an understanding of public policy, adult education, and cultural studies. The Interdisciplinary Leadership
doctorate program is fully accredited by the Illinois Board of
Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission.
Reach your career
Ed.D. degree prepares professionals from a variety of settings to be effective
and influential leaders by providing knowledge, insights, and strategies that
can be applied immediately in their jobs, as well as advance future
opportunities in their fields. Through your advanced graduate studies, you will
be prepared to pursue professional, academic, administrative, research, or
clinical positions in your area of concentration.
Why get an Ed.D. in
Make a difference in the world and advance your
career as an educator, counselor, social service provides, not-for-profit
manager, or public servant. As a doctoral student, you will gain valuable
experience and make connections with other experienced professionals in your
chosen field. As a graduate, you will be prepared to anticipate and solve
problems and challenges that leaders face in the workplace setting.
Data collected in 2017 reflected the national median salary
for Post-Secondary Education Administrators to be $90,760 with an average range of $66,730 – $126,750 (Bureau
of Labor Statistics). Chicago’s median salary for post-secondary
education administrators is $96,910.
Achieve your Ed.D. in as little as four years. Governors State’s minimum
60 credit hour Interdisciplinary Leadership doctorate program is offered in a
fully online format with some hybrid courses, and continuous enrollment of six
or more credit hours each semester is required. Students must complete all
coursework, qualifying exam, and capstone project within seven years of their
start date (appeals under extenuating circumstances are allowed).
Jeremy Larson, INLD doctoral student
The GSU doctoral interdisciplinary program has equipped me to work with organizations and stakeholders throughout my community and region. When I began the program, I was under the strong assumption that K12 education administration should be a stand-alone program. As I am coming to an end on my program, I realize the impact working through an interdisciplinary approach has had on my communication and strategic planning. I value my experiences through this program because they strongly challenged my views on education. School leaders cannot work alone. We must work as community leaders.
Dr. Matt Cooney, Assistant Professor in Higher Education Administration
As a faculty member in the INLD Program, I work with students to co-create learning experiences that enhance their professional practice of leadership while simultaneously examining how their individual, group, and societal values impact how leadership manifests within various organizational contexts.