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.


Note that students have opportunities to enter into independent and directed studies in their content and methodology area – these will be counted toward cognate hours (usually – there are some exceptions as classes of this nature in methodology may count toward core credit).  Occasionally we will post syllabi of some of the directed/independent study courses to give you an idea of what some students are currently taking. 

LEAD 7302 Directed Readings on the Capabilities Approach

LEAD 7331 Administrative Leadership in Higher Education

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.