Application Deadline

Summer Cohort - Deadline extended to March 1st

All supporting documents (e.g. official transcripts, recommendations, personal statement, etc.) can be emailed to

* GRE requirement has been waived for the Summer 2021 admissions cycle. *

The EdD in Community-Based Leadership will prepare leaders from education, social work, law, and other related fields to lead cross-sector coalitions in service of the success and well-being of all of our children. Communities need leaders with the knowledge and research skills to create, disseminate, and utilize locally grounded, innovative approaches to understanding the interdependence of the school and other social systems in support of children. 

The EdD program meets for four weekends each semester including summers with expected completion in three years. It will run as a cohort consisting of coursework in social and psychological foundations, processes of community leadership, and research methods; project development; and a culminating dissertation. 

Contact Information

Ruth Silverberg

Program Director
Building 3S, Room 105A
Phone : 718.982.3726
Contact Via Email
Kenneth Gold

Associate Program Director
Building 3S, Room 205B
Phone : 718.982.3737
Contact Via Email

Application & Graduate Catalog

EdD Program in Community-Based Leadership

Degree Requirements

The program consists of 48 credits (or 3 years) with the following course curriculum:

Year 1
  • Scholarly Inquiry for Community-Based Leadership I (3 credits)
  • Scholarly Inquiry for Community-Based Leadership II (3 credits)
  • Social and Historical Contexts of School Communities (3 credits)
  • Transforming Learning and Teaching in Schools and Communities (3 credits)
  • Building Relationships and Capacity for Community Leadership (3 credits)

Year 2

  • Policy Trends in Child Service Professions (3 credits)
  • Dissertation Proposal (3 credits)
  • Inquiry Groups - 1 faculty: 4-6 students (0 credits)
  • Curriculum, Standards, and Assessment for Community Engagement (3 credits)
  • Qualitative Inquiry Methods Applied Research (3 credits)
  • Inquiry Groups (continuing)
  • Quantitative and Mixed Methods in Applied Research (3 credits)
  • Resource Management in School Communities (3 credits)
  • Inquiry Groups (continuing)

Year 3

  • Research Practicum (3 credits)
  • Public Relations, Advocacy, and Community Organizing (3 credits)
  • Inquiry Groups (continuing)
  • Dissertation Advisement (3 credits)
  • Globalization, Community, and Education Reform (3 credits)
  • Dissertation Advisement (3 credits)


Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Master degree in the field of Education, Social Work, Psychology, Political Science, or other related fields with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • 12 credits or equivalent professional training above the Masters in area of expertise to be evaluated by the program Admissions Committee
  • Minimum of three years of expertise in area of specialization


Application Procedures

Graduate Application:

The application must be completed online at Graduate Application.


Applicants must request official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. If you are currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution, have one transcript sent now and another sent when you complete the courses that you are taking. Applicants who have been enrolled at CSI do not need to request a CSI transcript; the Office of Recruitment and Admissions will obtain a copy. If you attended a school outside of the United States, please refer to the instructions outlined on our "International Admissions" page, for details on how to submit your credentials.

Application Fee:

A $75.00 non-refundable application fee is required of all applicants. Please make your check or money order payable to the College of Staten Island. Veterans are exempt from paying the application fee. Veterans must provide proof of their Veteran/Military status in order to be waived from paying the application fee.

Personal Statement:

A personal statement of your vision and purpose in completing a Doctoral degree in Community-Based Leadership. The personal statement should be no more than 500 words and must include the following:

  • Your personal/professional vision guiding your practice and how this vision has guided specific initiatives
  • Your vision of community collaboration for children
  • Specific projects or initiatives that demonstrate your commitment to collaborating with community
  • An idea or project you are interested in developing using community collaboration

Writing Sample:

This may be something from your master’s program, or work project (e.g. grant proposal)

Letters of Recommendation:

Three letters of recommendation. The recommendations should come from individuals who can comment on your academic qualifications in relation to the field you want to study. Recommenders should be familiar with your former or current studies, research interests, or work. If you have been out of school for some time, you can provide a recommendation from an employer or supervisor.  Personal recommendations will not be considered.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE):

The GRE - General Aptitude Test. For the exam, please visit Our institutional code for the GRE is 2778.


A copy of your most recent Resume is required.


After initial review, applicants may be requested for an interview.

All documents must be submitted to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions.

Mailing Address:

Office of Recruitment and Admissions, Graduate Unit
College of Staten Island, CUNY
2800 Victory Boulevard, Building 2A, Room 103
Staten Island, NY 10314

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