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: Organizational Leadership Specialization

The PhD and EdD programs in Leadership with an Organizational Leadership Specialization combine contemporary leadership theory with a focus on strategy. Students attend courses that emphasize strategic planning and forecasting, innovative change initiatives, organizational diagnostic strategies and purposeful reform interventions. Graduates can expect to make an immediate impact in their organization. This path provides students with the skills to assess and implement change and development initiatives as well as reform efforts. To learn more about the PhD/EdD in Leadership: Organizational Leadership 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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