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PhD in Leadership Studies Degree Requirements

The PhD in leadership studies online degree is generally seen as more theory and research-intensive than a practitioner’s degree such as an EdD; students pursuing the online PhD leadership must complete the curriculum established for the EdD in educational leadership plus six additional hours distributed as follows: one graduate 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 PhD in leadership studies, therefore, requires a minimum of 66 hours beyond the master’s degree. Although an Online PhD Leadership 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.

Professional Research - 21 Credit Hours Required

Specialty Area Content - 18 Credit Hours Required

Business

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

Information Technology (IT)

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

Mathematics

Nursing

Religion/Ministry

     One of the following 600-level courses:

Student Personnel Services

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