About the Program

Students enter the program in designated cohorts and complete core courses in leadership and research. In addition, students choose and pursue individual interests in cognate areas. Cognates deepen students’ knowledge in education and government/nonprofits and may relate more specifically to community and P-12 education leadership, postsecondary education, public health, fine arts, community development, or environmental sustainability. Drawing upon the strengths of their shared fundamental coursework and their individual scholarly talents, students engage in human and community research and action. After completing coursework and a qualifying paper, students gain PhD candidacy and successfully complete dissertation requirements.

Program Objectives

The PhD Leadership program is designed to provide an interdisciplinary intensive preparation for evolving educational and community leaders who have a willingness to address community problems. The program will examine considerations such as

  • Leadership for civic service and the collective good;
  • Different beliefs in and responses to this freedom and the resulting developmental limitations and inequities within communities;
  • Research as a tool to understand and address human and community capabilities and development;
  • The evolution of leadership as an integrative effort across various public arenas;
  • Leadership action that requires data, networking, and ethical decision-making.

Learner Outcomes

Upon completing the program, the PhD Leadership graduate should be able to

  • Articulate the complexities associated with leadership, the conditions under it occurs, and the approaches to examination of leadership ranging from traditional to more contemporary theories;
  • Analyze concepts, theories, and models required by leaders in the 21st century global environment to advance organizational success and foster organizational growth;
  • Recognize and assess community and human capabilities and development;
  • Conduct scholarly research that contributes to the body of leadership knowledge;
  • Address community and human development through research and action development;
  • Adhere to ethical standards in the scholarship and practice of leadership that foster collaboration, higher levels of organizational performance, and mentorship.