Online Ed.D with two in-person residencies

Inspired by a Christian worldview, stewardship, and service, the mission of the Ed.D. in LICI program is to prepare and equip individuals to have a constant drive to learn. These students will make a positive impact and add value to various vocations and communities of interest.

Credits 60
Cost Per Credit $867
100% Online

Our program is offered fully online to fit your lifestyle!


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Program Overview

There are many unique aspects of our doctorate in leadership that you will experience firsthand as a student at Concordia. Courses are eight weeks, online, and in a cohort model. While the program coursework is online, please note that there are two, four-day, in-person residencies required that take place on our campus in Mequon, Wisconsin in January and July.

 LICI Overview

What makes this doctoral program unique?

  • It is unique in composition, learning objectives, flexibility, diversity, customization, and market demand
  • This cohort program welcomes students with diverse professional backgrounds in business, health professions, pharmacy, nursing, and education
  • The curriculum is collaboratively designed across these interdisciplinary areas and incorporates best practices from all these fields of study
  • 60-credit, three-year cohort offered online with two residency requirements
  • Comprises three core areas (leadership, research, improvement science and innovation) with a fourth area being an elective emphasis or customized choice
  • Courses provide opportunities for students to implement and practice continuous improvement and service to others
  • Students are assigned a Dissertation Chair from the beginning of the program for advising touchpoints
  • Students will be guided through nine Research Seminars leading to the successful completion of the Dissertation and Dissertation Defense
  • Research seminars have bi-monthly, live "check-in" sessions between advisor and student
  • Students will develop and enhance skills that are transferable to almost any personal and professional vocation
  • Taught from a Biblical worldview, instructors and the curriculum will also present content and best practices aligned with CUW's mission and core values

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.

Higher Education and Student Affairs
You can combine the Master's in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education with the Ed.D. program for both a master's and a doctorate in education.

Informational Webinars

Our LICI faculty and staff provide webinars for you to learn more and give you the opportunity to ask questions. Topics include an in-depth view of LICI, what the dissertation entails, and how you'll be supported throughout this doctorate program. Check back for for more dates to be announced. 

View our previously recorded informational webinars below. In these recordings, you'll meet Dr. Kathleen Kannass, program director and other faculty. They explain the curriculum structure, concentrations, dissertation, and how this will help you reach the goals you’ve set for yourself. You'll also learn more about the admission and application process. 

What to Expect

Our doctorate in education encompasses three core areas of concentrated study that you can customize to your needs: the leadership core, the innovation and improvement core, and the research core.  As a doctoral student, you can build on the program core by selecting an emphasis in business, an education emphasis, or a combination of the two.

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