Fall 2020 Guidance
In response to COVID-19, university courses and operations remain predominantly online for fall.

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.

You'll conduct novel research and create new knowledge drawn from your personal and professional experiences. With faculty mentorship, you'll create a dissertation that explores your area of scholarly interest and inquiry. We'll encourage you to engage in the evidence-based thinking and self-reflection that will foster development throughout your career.

And by joining this low-residency program, you'll join a close-knit community of diverse learners who co-construct knowledge and support each other throughout residencies and online coursework.

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 Lesley 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.

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Program Structure

Low-residency PhD program

48 Credits
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You’ll take online coursework and attend three face-to-face 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:
Summer 2020 Residency Update for New and Returning Students

For the well-being of our community, and in keeping with federal and state health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19, we have made some changes to our upcoming residencies for this program.

New Students

We have decided to delay Residency I of our new cohorts until the spring and launch the fall semester with two required online courses: Nature of Inquiry and Quantitative Research Methods. Program directors and faculty advisors will meet with new students during the fall semester.

Returning Students

Returning students will engage in a virtual summer residency, completing core courses and other benchmarks. While we will miss being together in our much-loved face-to-face residency, we look forward to seeing each other in our virtual courses and community gatherings. We will communicate more details in the coming weeks.

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Cambridge, MA

Cambridge is located in the heart of a dynamic urban area near a variety of institutions and organizations, where you'll benefit from a unique concentration of diverse learners and teachers from all over the world. We are close to a number of other universities, where our doctoral students routinely participate in research and educational events.

Average salary for education professionals with a doctoral degree in New England (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
Superintendents and other hiring managers across Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates. With a combination of theory and practice, our graduates are prepared for leadership positions on day one. (Source: Radius Global Market Research)
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Massachusetts ranks as the best state to work in education, with some of the highest performing schools and best salaries in the country, according to US News.
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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:
PhD in Educational Studies Programs


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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