This is a classroom-based program of study and NOT an online degree program.
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I. Leadership Required Core (18 semester hours)
The required core is designed to provide knowledge and understanding of contemporary organizations and the wide range of influences on 21st century leadership.
LEAD 6302 Leadership Communication in Organizations
LEAD 7303 Leadership and Complex Organizations
LEAD 7304 Leadership and Ethics
LEAD 8305 Leadership Theory
LEAD 8308 Major Area of Leadership Research
LEAD 8334 Leadership and Change
II. Research Core (15 semester hours)
The research core will prepare students to conduct high quality research.
PSYC 6331 Research Design
PSYC 6330 Advanced Psychological Statistics
LEAD 8309 Leadership Inquiry
LEAD 8302 Advanced Qualitative Research
PSYC 7320 Regression and Multivariate Analysis
LEAD 8332 Leadership in the Global Setting; LEAD 8336 Contemporary Issues in Leadership; LEAD 8338 Independent Readings and Research in Leadership
III. Cognate Courses (15 semester hours)
Courses will be selected from related fields to provide a broader context for understanding societal issues and to provide a deeper content knowledge of dissertation topics. Some courses may be organized and offered as an interdisciplinary course while others may be for students in a single cognate area.
PhD Leadership Cognates Include
Higher Education Leadership
*courses in this cognate area may be taken online
Specialization within the above cognates may include
P-12 School Leadership
P-12 District Leadership
Educational Program Development and Evaluation
Nonprofit/Community Program Development and Evaluation
Leadership of the Arts
IV. Dissertation (12 semester hours)
Selection of the dissertation project will rest primarily with the doctoral student, subject to approval by the student’s primary research advisor, dissertation committee, and the Director of LEAD. The PhD dissertation is meant to foster research expertise and contribute to the development of theory, methodology, and discipline knowledge of leadership.