Program of Study

 The program is 60 total credit hours. Click on highlighted course titles to view a syllabus for that course.
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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 in Complex Organizations

LEAD 7304 Leadership and Ethics

LEAD 8305 Leadership Theory

LEAD 8308 Major Area of Leadership Research (Qualifying Paper)

LEAD 8334 Leadership and Change

II. Research Core (15 semester hours)

The research core will prepare students to conduct high quality research.

LEAD 7300 Research Design

PSYC 6330 Advanced Psychological Statistics

LEAD 8309 Leadership Inquiry

LEAD 8302 Advanced Qualitative Research

PSYC 7320 Regression and Multivariate Analysis


LEAD 8336 Contemporary Issues in Leadership; LEAD 8338 Independent Readings and Research in Leadership, or any other appropriate and approved course

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. Courses should contribute to the student’s dissertation content and methodological focus.

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. All dissertations should contribute to the field of leadership. The PhD dissertation is meant to foster research expertise and contribute to the development of theory, methodology, and discipline knowledge of leadership.