When you enter NYU Steinhardt's EdD in Leadership and Innovation program, we start you working on a real problem you're grappling with in your organization right now. Within six months of starting your EdD, you'll be working with a knowledgeable practitioner faculty and a cohort of leaders to find real solutions for your challenges.

Admissions Requirements

We are committed to creating a diverse community of professional leaders. The following is a list of official documents required for admissions:

  • Three (3) short-answer questions:
    1. Why are you choosing to apply for NYU Steinhardt's Leadership and Innovation EdD? Why now? (250 words)
    2. Describe your experience working in cohorts and teams in an educational and/or professional setting. (250 words)
    3. Describe your experience with online courses, if any. (100 words)
  • Two (2) essays:
    1. Describe your educational and professional journey. (500 words)
    2. Outline of the potential problem you are confronting in your practice that you would focus on in this EdD program. (750-1000 words)
      1. What problem are you trying to solve for? Why?
      2. Provide background on how the problem emerged.
      3. What organizational supports are in place and how does your role within the organization qualify you to embark on this program of study?
  • Recent writing sample (500 words from within the last year)
  • Resume
  • Transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the organization in which you will be addressing your Problem of Practice

To speak with an Admissions Specialist, please email us or call us at 877-710-6381.


If selected as a student in the program for the January 2020 cohort, you agree to attend two in-person residencies at the NYU Steinhardt New York City campus, the first one being January 13-17, 2020.

The first in-person residency will convene on Monday, January 13 at 8:30 a.m. and will be dismissed on Friday, January 17 by 5:30 p.m. Travel arrangements should be made to accommodate these start and end times.