phd in educational studies

Ph.D. in Educational Studies with Specialization in Jewish Educational Leadership

The PhD in Educational Studies with specialization in Jewish educational leadership, a combined program of Lesley University and Hebrew College, is designed for Jewish educators and professionals seeking 
to take on greater leadership responsibility in Jewish educational 
institutions and communal organizations.

students in phd in educational studies programCandidates will matriculate as a cohort through both the Lesley University and Hebrew College components of the program. This is done to provide a cohesive and enriched educational experience typically not available in other online doctoral programs. Each student will be assigned a senior adviser from Lesley University and a faculty liaison from Hebrew College’s Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education for the duration of the program.

The Degree

Graduates will receive a PhD in Educational Studies from Lesley University, one of the country's largest providers of graduate programs for educators, and a doctoral certificate in Jewish Educational Leadership from Hebrew College.

Program Components

The PhD can typically be completed in three to four years. It includes online coursework, three 11-day summer residencies in Boston and dissertation work. Each summer residency includes two Shabbatot at Lesley University. Study requirements on Shabbat are flexible, enabling students to uphold their individual observances. Students should indicate beforehand any accommodations required for their own Shabbat observances.

Admissions Requirements

The application process is handled exclusively by Lesley University. You may begin your application and obtain additional information about the program here.

Requirements include:

  • $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Written personal statement
  • Standardized test scores (GRE or MAT)
  • Resume or curriculum vitae demonstrating three years of 
professional experience
  • Copies of all documents to Hebrew College (via email)

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the 2017-18 academic year is $975 per credit and is paid to the institution administering a particular course. For details of all tuition and fees, visit the relevant pages on the Lesley University and Hebrew College websites.

Financial aid is available through Lesley University only. Information is available at


A wonderful testimony of the Ph.D. program by  a first cohort member Barbara Merson. Read her article in EJewish Philanthropy.


Hebrew College
Rabbi Michael Shire

Lesley University
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