Online Ed.D. with brief in-person residencies to supplement your doctorate

It's about taking your learning and career to the next level. It's about being a strategic thinker and a problem-solver. It's about being purpose-driven and maintaining a focus on your mind, body, and spirit to be a caring and effective leader.

Credits 60
Cost Per Credit $890
Cohort Format

Next cohort starts July 2024. Apply by May 1!

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Areas of Study

This online program focuses on leadership, research, innovation, and improvement science.

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Program Overview

Please note- this program is offered online through our sister campus at Concordia University Wisconsin.

Inspired by a Christian worldview, stewardship, and service, the mission of the cross-disciplinary LICI doctoral program is to prepare and equip individuals to be lifelong learners and exceptional leaders who will make a positive impact and add value to their vocations and communities.

Students gain knowledge through coursework in three core areas (Leadership, Research, Improvement Science and Innovation) and in elective courses of their choosing. Our dedicated, student-centered faculty are highly committed to facilitating student learning and growth.


Who should experience this program?

Growth-Minded Individuals
Those interested in increasing their knowledge and capacity for leadership, innovation, and continuous improvement no matter their field would benefit greatly from our doctoral program.

Health Professions
Those interested in teaching in higher education or those interested in learning innovative ways to improve health, lower costs, and improve the care of patients.

Concordia has a "bridge" program for MSN Nurse Educator students to enroll in the Ed.D. program and graduate with 90 credits rather than 99 credits. This dual program allows students to earn both an MS Nurse Educator Concentration and Ed.D. (LICI) degree.

Those who want to bring new skills, dispositions, and improvement science to their practice and vocations, or are not seeking a DBA.

Those who are interested in teaching in higher education, administrative positions in technical colleges, prospective superintendents, heads of school, admissions officers, development and advancement leaders, other administrative positions, curriculum instructors, and activities and athletic directors, or are not seeking a Ph.D.

What to Expect
  • 60-credit requirement
  • 3-year program
  • Cohort model – You start the program with a specific group and continue with your peers for improved learning and greater collaboration.
  • Online format – This includes courses, group work, cohort discussions, and meetings with faculty.
  • In-person residencies – You are required to attend a residency in your first year of the LICI program, and another residency takes place during your second year in the program.
Dissertation Details

You are assigned a Dissertation Chair at the beginning of the program that will serve as an advisor and mentor. Through regular online check-ins, you will receive feedback and other essential support to stay on track to finish your dissertation as scheduled. You will complete (12) research seminar credits where you will solely focus on your dissertation work.

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