The Ph.D. in Leadership seeks to prepare leaders capable of effectively addressing various challenges that cross disciplinary boundaries and sectors in a global context. Graduates of the Ph.D. in Leadership will be equipped with the expertise to lead within diverse contexts, from business and non-profit to government and community organizations, with knowledge and skills to work across disciplinary and sectoral boundaries, to facilitate productive dialogue towards consensus, to conduct research and evaluate research done by others, and to foster resilience and sustainability within the environment they lead.
The Ph.D. in Leadership builds upon the strong legacy of one of the first academic programs in Leadership in the world. It is a post-master’s degree 72 credit hour program designed for experienced leaders who are employed throughout the duration of the program. (Students with master’s degrees in applicable areas may be allowed to utilize some of their master’s degree work to fulfill the requirements of the doctoral program.) Although the program is designed to be very low residency, with a maximum required attendance in person of three days a year, courses in leadership, group dynamics, communication, cultural contexts, and creativity are available in both blended and fully online formats.
The primary focus of the doctoral program is to develop thought leaders who are committed to exploring leading-edge issues in innovative ways, combining scholarship, creativity, and self-inquiry. The core knowledge and skills required to explore these issues requires a transdisciplinary understanding of local, regional, national, and global organizational contexts and challenges and includes:
- Knowledge and skills to lead diverse people and organizations
- Professional integrity and reflective, ethical practice
- Ability to lead change and innovation
- Systems, complexity, adaptive, and associated theories and models of leadership
- Practice-based research
- Research methods