Department of Leadership Studies
The University of Central Arkansas’s Interdisciplinary PhD in Leadership Studies (LEAD) program prepares scholar leaders to research and act for the common good. Program graduates will transform education and government/nonprofit organizations to strengthen human and community capabilities as we recognize that complex challenges require an integration of responsible leaders from various sectors.
Note: We are currently taking applications for the 2016 cohort – to start in the Fall of 2016. Click here for more info on our application process. We are a face-to-face program, only occasionally offering online courses.
If you have an inkling to serve others and improve quality of life, the LEAD program is for you. You will learn how to use research to drive your decision-making and serve the people you are trying to help. — Chassidy – Cohort 4
The PhD in Leadership enlists the Human Development Index (HDI) and other quality of life indicators to gauge vitality and need. With knowledge of networking, decision-making, and research, graduates advance community and human development by targeting educational attainment, community vitality, public health, cultural/fine arts, environmental sustainability, and other developmental factors.
The LEAD program is a way to explore my profession deeper and to better myself as an educator. Education in Arkansas is often viewed as being weak, but we can find ways to make improvements all across the board and the LEAD program is a great way to do that. — Cody – Cohort 2
The PhD in Leadership program is the only degree program of its kind in Arkansas and is unique to this region of the United States. The program, taught by faculty from a variety of academic disciplines, offers a broad-based, interdisciplinary curriculum using scholarly skills and research for preparing active professionals from education, government/nonprofit settings to contribute to the knowledge of contemporary leadership and to assume organizational leadership roles.
The program allows me to focus on diversity and multicultural communications. It allows me to be around people who also want to make a difference, and I’m going forward in my goals to help other people in my new country. — Katherine, Native of Ukraine – Cohort 3