Lifelong learners who become exceptional and impactful leaders

Inspired by a Christian worldview, stewardship, and service, the mission of the Ed.D. in LICI program is to prepare and equip individuals to have a constant drive to learn. These students will make a positive impact and add value to various vocations and communities of interest.

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Program Overview

There are many unique aspects of the LICI program that students will experience firsthand. Courses are eight weeks, online, and in a cohort model. While the program coursework is online, please note that there are two, four-day, in-person residencies required that take place on the CUW Mequon, WI campus starting in July.

What also makes this doctoral program unique?

  • It is unique in composition, learning objectives, flexibility, diversity, customization, and market demand
  • This cohort program welcomes students with diverse professional backgrounds in business, health professions, pharmacy, nursing, and education
  • The curriculum is collaboratively designed across these interdisciplinary areas and incorporates best practices from all these fields of study
  • 60-credit, three-year cohort offered online with two residency requirements
  • Comprises three core areas (leadership, research, improvement science and innovation) with a fourth area being an elective emphasis or customized choice
  • Courses provide opportunities for students to implement and practice continuous improvement and service to others
  • Students are assigned a Dissertation Chair from the beginning of the program for advising touchpoints
  • Students will be guided through nine Research Seminars leading to the successful completion of the Dissertation and Dissertation Defense
  • Research seminars have bi-monthly, live "check-in" sessions between advisor and student
  • Students will develop and enhance skills which are transferable to almost any personal and professional vocation
  • Taught from a Biblical worldview, instructors and the curriculum will also present content and best practices aligned with CUW's mission and core values

Who Should Experience This Program?

Growth-Minded Individuals
Those interested in increasing their knowledge and capacity for leadership, innovation, and continuous improvement would benefit greatly from LICI.

Health Professionals 
Those interested in teaching in higher education or those interested in learning innovative ways to improve health, lower costs, and improve care of patients.

  • Nurses
    Concordia has a "bridge" program for MSN Nurse Educator students to enroll in the Ed.D. program and graduate with 90 credits rather than 99 credits. This dual program allows students to earn both a MS Nurse Educator Concentration and Ed.D. (LICI) degree.

Those who want to bring new skills, dispositions, and improvement science to their practice and vocations, or are not seeking a DBA.

Those who are interested in teaching in higher education, administrative positions in technical colleges, prospective superintendents, heads of school, admissions officers, development and advancement leaders, other administrative positions, curriculum instructors, and activities and athletic directors, or are not seeking a PhD.

  • Higher Education and Student Affairs
    You can combine the Masters in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education with the EdD program for both a masters and EdD.
What to Expect

The LICI degree encompasses three core areas of concentrated study that you can customize to your needs. As a LICI student, you can build on the program core by selecting a business emphasis, an education emphasis, or a combination of the two.

The Three Cores

The Leadership Core

  • Advanced Leadership Theory and Practice Exemplary
  • Leadership Case Studies
  • Innovative and Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Servant and Ethical Leadership

The Innovation and Improvement Science Core

  • Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change
  • Innovation and Design Thinking
  • Six Sigma Applications
  • Lean Systems Analysis

The Research Core

  • Intro to Doctoral Program and Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Seminar
  • Qualitative Research Seminar
  • Advanced Research and Statistics
  • Research Seminars
  • Dissertation

Business Emphasis Electives

  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Applications of Management Science and Analytics
  • Special Topics in Health Care: The Business of Health Care
  • Business Informatics
  • The Business of Sustainability of Social Entrepreneurship

Education Emphasis Electives

  • Media, Marketing, and Branding in Education
  • Diversity and Culturally Responsive Leadership
  • Educating the Adult Learner
  • Futures Thinking in the World of Education
  • Evaluation and Testing in Higher Education
  • Professional Practice to Higher Education
  • Instructional Design for Higher Education
  • The Superintendency
  • Professional Ethics in Leadership
  • Organizational and Policy Development
  • School Improvement and Data Analysis
  • Public Relations
  • Facility Planning