Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership

Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership

Graduates of the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership program are trained in research methodology and equipped to analyze literature, conduct and publish original research, and apply relevant theories to current issues and field practice. The curriculum for the Ph.D. requires a total of 72 credits. The coursework and dissertation process are structured for full-time students to be able to complete the Ph.D. in four years. Successful completion of the program includes:

  • Core courses (36 credits)
  • Concentration courses (18 credits)
  • Research seminars (6 credits)
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Dissertation courses (12 credits)

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Course Examples by Year

Note: Course schedule is subject to change.

Year One

  • Core Courses: Advanced Leadership Theory, Critical Inquiry, Organizational Theory, Organizational Change
  • Concentration Courses: Strategic Thinking & Planning, History of Higher Education, Historical Models of Ministry Leadership, Financial Management, Higher Education Leadership, A Theology of Christian Organizations
  • Dissertation Courses: Quantitative Research and Statistics, Qualitative Research

Year Two

  • Core Courses: Leadership and Diversity, Organizational Communication, Organizational Culture, Leadership and Ethics
  • Concentration Courses: Data-Driven Decision-making, Higher Education Law, Current Issues in Missiology
  • Dissertation Courses: Advanced Research Methods, Research Seminars

Year Three

  • Core Courses: Conference class, Contemporary Issues in Organizational Research
  • Concentration Courses: Managing Innovation, Performance Evaluation in Ministry Organizations, Conflict Management, Higher Education Finance, Transforming Ministry Organizations, Organizational Consulting, Self-Leadership in Organizational Life
  • Dissertation Courses: Research Seminar, Guided Reading, Dissertation Proposal

Year Four

  • Dissertation Research and Writing

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