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The online Ph.D. in Leadership Studies is a 60 credit hour interdisciplinary program designed for working adults who are interested in exploring leadership using the lens of individual, organization, and society. Students who complete this program will:

  • Articulate biblical, theological, philosophical, and ethical foundations for leadership
  • Exercise effective leadership in higher education and other organizations within their cultural contexts
  • Demonstrate Christian character in exercising leadership
  • Conduct high-quality research and make original contributions to the field.

Coursework includes core courses, ethics (although ethics is integrated throughout), and research courses culminating in a dissertation. Students may select from one of six elective tracks: Educational Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Missional Leadership, Ministry Leadership, Philosophy of Leadership, and Theology of Leadership.

The online Ph.D. in Leadership Studies follows an interdisciplinary design with a focus on four dimensions of leadership studies–individual and personal systems, organizational systems, global systems, and research. The Conceptual Framework of the Ph.D. program is rooted in a commitment to educating whole persons. The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to develop scholarship and professional competencies while encouraging self-reflection and strengthening a commitment of service to others.

Application deadlines: July 15 (begin in August) and November 15 (begin in January). Scholarship deadline is July 1.



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