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Executive PhD in Leadership Degree Requirements

The Executive PhD track in leadership is generally seen as more theory and research intensive than a practitioner’s degree such as an EdD; students pursuing the executive, doctoral in leadership degree must complete the curriculum established for the EdD in educational leadership plus six additional hours distributed as follows: one executive graduate level course in which leadership theories and concepts in a non-academic environment is a central theme and one course in which non-academic statistics or research methods is the focus. The international, Executive PhD in leadership, therefore, requires a minimum of 66 hours beyond the master’s degree. Although an executive  PhD student may pursue applied research as a dissertation topic, it is expected that an approved dissertation will be built upon a more thorough theoretical foundation than a similar project that culminates in an EdD dissertation.

Specialty Area Content - 18 Credit Hours Required

Criminal Justice

Education

Courses in the following Masters programs will matriculate as the Doctoral specialty if the program is completed as a second Masters: 

Courses in all Ed.S. Programs matriculate as the Doctoral specialty

English

Health Science

History

Mathematics

Nursing

Religion/Ministry

Approved electives

     One of the following 600-level courses:

Student Personnel Services

Business

Courses in the following Masters will matriculate as the Doctoral specialty if the program is completed as a second Masters:

MBA

Master of Science in Global Blockchain Tech.

Master’s in Project Management

Master’s in Strategic Management

Or other approved electives

 

Information Systems

Courses in the following Masters will matriculate as the Doctoral specialty if the program is completed as a second Masters:

MSDF

MSIT

MSISS

Or other approved electives

For a full list of course offerings or more program specific information, visit our Academic Catalog page.