Doctoral Program

Executive Model EdD in Jewish Educational Leadership and Innovation

This program blends four 3-day touchstone meetings spread throughout the spring and fall semesters, an annual five-day Intensive Summer Institute, and online learning, to allow students to complete their coursework in three years. Additional learning activities include independent and collaborative work online. The program culminates with students, supported by faculty advisers, submitting a Leadership Portfolio and Capstone Dissertation Project that may consist of a curriculum, case study, or action research.

This new model replaces prior doctoral programs and, along with a PhD option (described below) will, henceforth, be the only such program offered by AGS.

  • Cohorts of students are admitted every other year. Students proceed through the program with their cohort. The initial cohort was admitted for the fall 2014 semester, the second in 2016, and the third in 2018. The next round of applications is scheduled for Spring 2020 for admission in Fall 2020.
  • Students complete all coursework in a blended format, combining live sessions and online learning. Each semester (three per annum) offers an integrated 6 credits of learning and students must attend all live sessions and complete online assignments to receive any credit.
  • Students work closely with faculty advisers, who review their progress regularly. After the second year in the program, students may formally apply for candidacy for the EdD or PhD.
  • Once accepted for candidacy, and concurrent with the third year of coursework, students begin work on their Leadership Portfolio and Capstone Dissertation Project. Students are expected to submit the Portfolio and Capstone Project no later than two years after completing their coursework.
  • All students admitted to the program, in good academic standing, and who submit a FAFSA annually, are eligible for generous support. Students must email a copy of the FAFSA confirmation indicating the EFC to azrieli@yu.edu. Support decisions are based on need and merit and may be as much as 50% of tuition. Scholarship recipients will be asked to contribute to the department and advance their professional learning through teaching assistantships, providing webinars, supervising student teachers or other activities. In all cases, such assignments will be based on the students’ availability and the advancement of their professional growth.

For more detail on the Doctoral Program please click here (PDF)

Doctoral Program Director: Dr. Moshe Sokolow.

Senior Doctoral Fellow and AGS Initiatives Coordinator: Suzanne Brooks.


If you have any questions or require further information, feel free to contact our office at 212.960.0186 or msokolow@yu.edu.