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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


Criminal Justice



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


Health Science


Information Systems (IS)




     One of the following 600-level courses:

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