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Jewish Educational Leadership

PhD in Educational Studies, Low-Residency Program

Learn to initiate, facilitate, and sustain improvement in Jewish institutions.

At Lesley, our goal is to inspire imagination, courage, and persistence to improve teaching, learning, and leading.

Here, you'll gain new insights into the role of education in a democratic society and schools as systems. Examine the forces that shape institutional conditions, and the factors that influence how leaders function. Study models of institutional change and how technology can be used for innovation. Take courses in qualitative and quantitative research methods that will prepare you to write your dissertation. You'll grow as a leader with vision, and gain skills to put your vision into action.

This program is a collaboration between Lesley and Hebrew College. You'll take 15 credits of courses through Hebrew College and transfer them into the 33-credit Lesley doctoral program. When you finish both programs, you'll have a Doctoral Certificate in Jewish Educational Leadership from Hebrew College and a PhD in Jewish Educational Leadership from Lesley.

This program is appropriate for Jewish educators and professionals at day schools, colleges, universities, or nonprofits; rabbis, cantors, and other congregational leaders; and educators who wish to transition into a new Jewish educational leadership role.

Program Structure

Low-residency PhD program

48 Credits
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You’ll take online coursework and attend three face-to-face summer residencies in three years. After receiving senior advisor and doctoral committee approval for your qualifying paper in the second year, you will be eligible to write your dissertation proposal and dissertation under their direction. The oral defense of your dissertation is open to the public.

Gain Skills and Expertise
Our PhD program prepares you to:
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PhD Application Deadline now May 15, 2020. Lesley University is keenly aware that the difficulties of COVID-19 restrictions are presenting many demands on applicants’ personal and professional lives.  We understand that these responsibilities may delay the completion of the application process. Below is updated information on submissions deadlines for current and prospective applicants and the upcoming Virtual Open House.

The faculty of the PhD Program in Educational Studies is currently reviewing the first pool of completed applications. Those applicants will receive their admission decisions by April 1st.  In response to COVID-19, the Graduate School of Education is extending a second application cycle through May 15, 2020.

We will be hosting a Virtual Open House on April 15, 6 pm-8 pm, EST (RSVP Please join this open house and learn more about our doctoral program and the application process. Virtual information 1:1 meetings with applicants are also available. 

The Graduate Admissions Office is available via email to answer any questions you may have. Please contact Debbie Mosher, at

You'll find information on how to apply at the bottom of each program page:

Educational Leadership Specialization
Human Development and Learning Specialization
Individually Designed Specialization
Jewish Educational Leadership Specialization

Not quite sure about taking the leap? Read Five Reasons to (Finally) Get Your PhD in Education. 

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Educational Studies
Dr. Stephen Gould
Steve is director of the Educational Leadership PhD program. He has over 30 years of experience as an assistant superintendent, principal, and teacher, and he served on the Massachusetts Elementary School Principals Association for over 10 years. His expertise includes leadership development, organizational development, team building, and strategic planning, and executive coaching.
Where You'll Work
Lesley students are prepared for rewarding careers in a range of settings, including:


Total approximate cost for this PhD degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2020–2021 academic year.
Jewish Educational Leadership
  • Tuition
    Lesley Tuition: $1,050/credit x 33
    Hebrew College Tuition: $1,050/credit x 15
  • Fees
    PhD Matriculation Fees
    Residency Fees
    Registration Fees (Hebrew College)
    Registration Fees (Lesley)
    Degree Completion Fee (Lesley)
    Degree Completion Fee (Hebrew College)
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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