Program of Study

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 & 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 & 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

P-12 Education*

Higher Education Leadership

Nonprofit Leadership

Community Development*

*courses in this cognate area may be taken online

Specialization within the above cognates may include

P-12 School Leadership

P-12 District Leadership

Education Attainment

Educational Program Development and Evaluation

Nonprofit/Community Program Development and Evaluation

Leadership of the Arts

Public Health


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.