The Steinhardt School of Education, in close collaboration with the Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership at NYU, have created the Campus Religious Life option within the Higher Education Administration Ed.D. program. This program will provide the advanced education long missing for those engaged in campus religious life.

Students will gain a significantly greater understanding of the workings of higher education while at the same time tailoring course assignments and their final doctoral project to the needs of contemporary religious life in higher education.

What You Will Gain

A better understanding of the extraordinary range of religious expressions on college campuses today. University students hold many different traditions—Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and others—while others see themselves as “spiritual but not religious,” indifferent or hostile to religion, or just plain confused.

A better understanding of 21st century American higher education. A deeper analysis of the roles, responsibilities, and reward systems of religious life and university chaplaincy and how they differ from leadership of a faith community.


  • Seminar in Multifaith Campus Life
  • College Learning and Development
  • Religion and the American University — A History
  • The Quest for Meaning in Higher Education

The Ed.D. in Higher and Postsecondary Education is designed to meet the increasing need for visionary and entrepreneurial leaders in community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, corporate and non-profit organizations, and research and policy centers...and in this focus, campus-based religious life leaders.

The program provides opportunities for working professionals to: 1) earn a doctoral degree through an integrated curriculum with direct application to higher education settings, 2) create a culminating project that has the potential to improve educational programs and/or organizational effectiveness and, 3) academic study in leadership, organizations, policy, and research that apply directly to practice settings.

The Ed.D. is designed to appeal to applicants who will study part-time while maintaining senior level professional positions. The program of study consists of 42 points beyond the master's degree distributed among a specialization in higher and postsecondary education. Students complete the degree within three years of continuous part-time study. A full-time 2-week research design workshop is required for the first two summers. The GRE is required for admissions. For more information and specific degree requirements please see the Ed.D. program's website.

The application deadline is December 1.