College of Education and Human Services

The Executive Ed.D. program provides an accelerated doctoral degree exclusively for certified and practicing K-12 school administrators. Students begin their dissertation from day one with their choice of topic and the assignment of a faculty mentor.

The Program

The 54-credit, two-year program provides a convenient, hybrid course schedule that takes place on-campus and online.  In general, courses meet during the weekend (Friday evening,Saturday, and Sunday) and for two-weeks on-campus during the summer.  Weekend sessions for the first year meet once a month in April, September, and November.  For the second year, weekends meet once a month in March, April, September, and October.  The first and second years are each rounded out with an 8-day Summer Session in mid-July.  A qualifying examination is administered in November of the first year and a comprehensive assessment is given during November of the second year.

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A Unique Approach

Students, who have come from 30 states and seven foreign countries, are part of a cohort team, meaning they start and finish the program together. Students provide mutual support and assistance, and are afforded opportunities for professional sharing and cooperative activity. Many graduates are convinced that the relationships forged with their peers and faculty were critical to successful completion of the degree.

In support of a fast-start on the dissertation each student is assigned to a full-time staff member who serves as adviser/mentor immediately. These leading authorities in the field of education provide stimulating conversations and challenge cohort members with cutting-edge insights about timely topics. Detailed Program Requirements »

Who Should Apply?

The Executive Ed.D. program is ideal for vice-principals, principals, directors, supervisors with district responsibilities, assistant superintendents and superintendents. Candidates must have a master's degree in an appropriate field and recent (within five years) scores on the Miller Analogies Test or the GRE. Specific Application Procedures »

The estimated cost of $31,250 per year is competitive with the traditional four-year program format. However, the cost of this 54-credit Accelerated Executive Ed.D. program includes all tuition, fees, texts, course guides, on-campus parking, recreation and fitness center use, and special summer lodging rates.

If you plan to use student loans to fund the cost of the program, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as quickly as possible. The FAFSA can be completed online at Contact Gary Thomas, Associate Director of Financial Aid, at or (973) 761-9104 with financial aid questions.

Program Director:
Jan Furman, Ed.D.

(973) 275-2482

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