Why Concordia University Chicago?

As a distinctive, comprehensive university of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, based in the liberal arts, Concordia University Chicago equips men and women to lead and serve with integrity, creativity, competence and compassion in a diverse, interconnected world.





PhD/EdD, Leadership: Higher Education Leadership Specialization

The PhD and EdD programs in Leadership: Higher Education Leadership Specialization are designed for professionals who have the goal of becoming an established expert in higher education leadership, administration and education. Courses both programs focus on the policies, practices and issues facing both public and private post-secondary institutions. Students gain research skills that stem from evidence-based decision making, while simultaneously gaining an understanding of the complexities of higher education institutions. The programs focus on higher education systems in the US, but also analyze the globalization of higher education. To learn more about the PhD/EdD in Leadership: Higher Education Specialization, contact Concordia University Chicago today.

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PhD vs. EdD: Which degree is right for you?

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is an advanced degree that is designed for individuals who want a career devoted to research. Those who earn this degree will study the overarching theories of the field and learn an effective approach to studying the field itself. PhD students will take 2 additional research courses over the course of their studies.

A Doctorate of Education (EdD) focuses more on practical applications within the field. Graduates with an EdD will be prepared to take academic, administrative or other positions within a higher education setting or public institution. Students who want to make a difference in a school or society should pursue an EdD.


  • Theoretical and abstract
  • Research-focused
  • “Big picture” approach
  • 67 credits


  • Practical and applicable
  • Action-based
  • “Focused” approach
  • 61 credits

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