On behalf of the doctoral faculty, I am delighted to welcome you to the School of Education’s doctoral program web site. The program, offered in partnership with the Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES, is designed for practicing and prospective leaders, and experienced educators in P-20 education, serving schools, districts, colleges, universities, community organizations, and entrepreneurial endeavors.
The doctoral program is a cohort model so that you are part of a community of learners throughout the program. Currently enrolled students and doctoral alumni are highly accomplished individuals who appreciate the importance of having a terminal degree in the field of education.
Our Signature Ed.D. Program is designed to meet the needs of practicing and aspiring leaders in any educational context (e.g., schools and districts) who want to be a catalyst to improve student learning, build strong partnerships, influence professional and policy-making communities, and promote the public's confidence about the educational enterprise.
Our Executive Ed.D. track is designed specifically for those who were enrolled in an accredited educational leadership doctoral program and completed all requirements but the dissertation (ABD).
Our Higher Education Leadership Concentration (within the Ed.D.) is designed for practicing and aspiring leaders seeking to further develop their skills to meet the challenges facing two year, four-year, and graduate colleges and universities, and to help shape educational institutions in the future.
All three program options are designed for mid-career professionals who desire or have leadership experience. The signature pedagogy of problem-based learning is integrated throughout the coursework, field experiences and applied research.
I invite you to read more about our incredibly powerful program on the pages that follow.
With warm regards,
Shelley B. Wepner Dean and Professor School of Education
Please use the tabs above to navigate the doctoral program web site.
Our Ed.D. in Educational Leadership is designed to meet the needs of several types of leaders in education; practicing leaders in school or district positions, leaders who seek school or district-based administrative positions, and classroom teachers who want to take on administrative or non-administrative leadership positions in education. 59 credits; Click here to view a sample program planner.
The Ed.D., Higher Education Leadership Concentration provides an option for students who wish to enter or are already working in colleges and universities, state education agencies or post-secondary-related non-profits. Six courses (18 credits) comprise the concentration, offering students an opportunity to examine, discuss, and engage in theories, research, and practices related to higher education as a critical context in the United States. 59 credits; Click here to view a sample program planner.
The Executive Ed.D. program is designed specifically for those who were enrolled in an accredited educational leadership doctoral program and completed all requirements but the dissertation (ABD). 59 credits, but up to 39 qualifying credits may be transferred in; Click here to view a sample program planner.
Please scroll down for some frequently asked questions about our doctoral program; these are clustered under the following headings: General Information, Admissions, Coursework & Doctoral Student Life, and Research & Dissertation. If you have a question not addressed here, feel free to contact us using the links to the left.
Manhattanville is well known for its education program, and that reputation stems from distinguished, scholar-practitioner faculty, high quality students throughout the region who become part of supportive networks, a structured curriculum that guides students from orientation through graduation, and a dedicated librarian to assist doctoral students with research. Manhattanville’s doctoral program has two other strong attributes: personalized attention and sense of community among the doctoral cohorts.
Since 2010, the Ed.D. has grown to now offer 3 pathways to the degree. The Ed.D. aligns with the College's mission “to educate students to become ethically and socially responsible leaders” by preparing change agents who can lead in various educational contexts during challenging socio-political times. The Ed.D. program’s small student-to-faculty ratio, vibrant cohort model, and active alumni all support students’ various journeys to success.
Who is this degree for?
Our Ed.D. pathways are aimed at mid-career professionals with experience in various educational contexts. This professional practice degree is designed to support the goals of educational professionals who seek to develop their leadership skills for career advancement or current job enhancement. The Manhattanville doctoral program prepares leaders to be responsive and effective leaders who engage in evidence-based decision-making about the many complex challenges facing education.
What are the “pathways” and how do I know which is for me?
The Ed.D. program has 3 pathways to the degree: 1) Our Signature pathway is for current and aspiring educational leaders in public and private schools and related non-profit organizations; 2) The Higher Education Leadership concentration is for current and aspiring leaders in colleges and universities; and 3) The Executive pathway is for advanced doctoral students who have completed all degree requirements except for the dissertation (ABD) from another accredited doctoral program, and are now ready to complete the dissertation and graduate with the doctorate.
What should I do if I do not yet have my SBL and/or SDL certifications?
Doctoral students interested in pursuing certification as a school building leader (SBL) or school district leader (SDL) opt to enter the Bridge program as a vehicle to gain state qualifications for leadership positions. This Bridge program creates opportunities to apply educational leadership courses to the doctoral program requirements and doctoral classes to educational leadership offerings. As a result, students are offered reduced credit requirements for each option and complete multiple pathways simultaneously.
Students interested in taking educational leadership classes before entering the doctoral program cohort can begin enrolling in educational leadership classes in the spring and summer before the doctoral classes commence. These classes prepare them for the state leadership exams as well as earn credits towards certification. Advisement is conducted individually to design a pathway towards completion.
There is no application deadline; however, qualified candidates are continually reviewed, and will be accepted until all the seats for the next cohort are filled.
I am nervous about standardized tests like GREs. Are these required? And if so, how important are my scores in evaluating my application?
The score report from either Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Millers Analogies Test (MAT) (or GMAT, for business degree; or LSAT for law degree) is required; however, there are no date restrictions for when the exam was completed, and no cut-off score is mandated.
What is sought with the recommendation letters? Who should write them?
The recommendation letters should vouch for the applicant’s qualifications, such as strengths and competencies for advanced graduate study, leadership track record, interpersonal skills, etc. In addition, the letters should focus on an applicant’s commitment, determination, scholarly writing skills and communication skills, as well as research experience and/or potential.
An ideal person to write a letter could include, but is not limited to, a former or current college professor at the graduate level, a current or former supervisor who has reviewed the applicant’s written work and/or presentation skills, or an author of an extensive research project or a journal article who has witnessed the applicant's work.
How much is the Application fee?
For the 2017-2018 academic year, $80.00, but the fee is waived for students who attend an open house or information session.
What is the cost of tuition?
For the 2017-2018 academic year, regular graduate tuition for the Signature and Higher Ed pathways is $915 per credit, plus required fees. For the Executive (ABD) pathway, tuition is $1000 per credit.
Is financial aid available?
Yes. For financial aid information, please contact the Financial Aid Office. There are a limited number of graduate assistantships and teaching fellowships available to those who qualify.
Can I transfer in credits?
Up to 12 post-masters credit hours earned within the last ten (10) years either at Manhattanville College or another college/university before admission may be transferred into the Signature or the Higher Ed pathways. Students need to provide an official transcript (and in many cases a syllabus) for previously taken courses to allow for the course transfer. Students’ request for credit transfer must be reviewed and approved by the faculty advisor, with final approval by the Program Coordinator.
For those in the Executive (ABD) pathway, up to 39 post-masters doctoral program credits may be transferred in from other accredited doctoral programs.
In our cohort model, you start your doctoral program journey with other distinguished students, and remain with the same group throughout the first several semesters of study within the program. Your classmates may be a mix of practicing or aspiring teachers, building-level or district-level leaders, higher education professionals, and others in education-related fields. As you progress through the doctoral program with these same classmates, you'll gather a variety of perspectives surrounding education today, learn about each other's passions and research interests, and develop meaningful professional and personal relationships.
When do classes meet?
Classes, depending on one’s pathway, will be held at Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES in Yorktown Heights, NY or the Manhattanville College campus. Each cohort will meet on a specific night each week (e.g., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday) from 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (for Higher Education Leadership Concentration courses, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.), completing two courses per term. For classes held in Yorktown Heights, the schedule adheres to the PNW BOCES calendar. For classes held on Manhattanville campus, students will follow the College calendar.
Are any of the classes online?
No courses are offered entirely online. Most courses, however, have online components, such as using Blackboard or other educational platforms. The extent to which contact hours occur face-to-face versus online varies depending on the nature of the course and the professor’s preference.
What is the typical workload? What type of courses should I expect?
Full-time doctoral students enroll in two courses per semester, totaling six credits. With doctoral-level courses, students should expect a rigorous and rewarding blend of scholarly reading, classroom discussions, applied research, real-word problem solving, critical analysis, and technical writing. The doctoral program was designed for full-time working practitioners; hence, the curriculum, schedule, and workload is paced with this in mind. For more about the courses you will be taking, click the "Degree Options" tab above and review the sample program planners.
How much should I budget for textbooks?
Reading requirements vary by instructor and semester, but you should plan to spend approximately $200 on textbooks each year. If books are not available in our campus bookstore, you can also purchase new or used versions online. We do not recommend renting or borrowing textbooks, as many of the readings you will experience will be beneficial both during class, and as you begin work on your dissertation.
Will there be a comprehensive or qualifying examination?
No. Rather than a comprehensive or qualifying examination, other milestones serve as a student's "advancement to candidacy." These include 1) a synthesis paper, at the end of year 2, that integrates major ideas contained in coursework and demonstrates praxis: theory in practice; and 2) an ePortfolio that reflects a student's application of coursework and demonstrates competency as a scholar-practitioner.
How long does the program last? How long will it take me to complete the Doctoral Program?
The 59-credits are scheduled, and may be completed, in a three-year course projection; however, it is more typical that a student completes coursework and defends the dissertation proposal within three years, and completes the dissertation in the fourth year. For students who have not successfully defended their dissertation within eight years, a one-time, one-year extension may be granted by the Program Coordinator. Students must apply for this extension.
Students begin thinking about and drafting components of the dissertation proposal in year 1. In the “Professional and Scholarly Communication” course, students begin work on the Literature Review for the dissertation proposal. Students also complete two introductory research courses to begin to explore research design and methods.
In year 2, students complete an advanced research course in which they draft the research design for their dissertation proposal. They also complete “Dissertation Seminar” to draft their dissertation proposal. By the end of year 2, students should be ready to defend their dissertation proposal.
What are the different options for the dissertation?
Students can choose between the traditional five-chapter dissertation or the three-article dissertation. All dissertations are empirically grounded. Some students choose an “analysis of practice” dissertation. Similar to participatory action research or self-study inquiry, an analysis of practice dissertation describes and analyzes a problem to prescribe a solution to improve the quality of an organization.
What is the dissertation process?
Each student has a dissertation chair with whom he or she identifies 2 additional committee members. These 3 people comprise the student’s dissertation committee. When the student's dissertation proposal is ready (typically by the end of year 2), the student will defend the proposal. Each student must seek approval to conduct research through Manhattanville College's Institutional Review Board. Once the student's proposal is accepted, the student can begin data collection. The student will be able to advance to the final dissertation defense after the student's dissertation committee has approved the complete dissertation draft.
In order to learn a little more About Us, please scroll down for listing of Doctoral Program Faculty & Staff, Doctoral Program Alumni, to read our Newsletter, and to learn how you can Support the Doctoral Program.
Doctoral Program Faculty & Staff
Pictured above, standing left to right: Dr. Kenneth Mitchell, Dr. Robert Monson, Dr. Yiping Wan, Dr. Stephen Caldas; seated, left to right: Dr. Susan Iverson, Ms. Renee Gargano, Dr. Lenora Boehlert
Dr. Susan Iverson, Professor & Director of Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership; & Coordinator for Higher Education Leadership pathway
The EdD in Educational Leadership Alumni Association at Manhattanville College sponsors the “Love Behind Leadership” fund to support special events and recognition of graduates at our annual graduation reception. This fund is used to provide thoughtful gifts to those within our doctoral program, acknowledging and celebrating achievements, and helping to comfort those in times of grief.