Leadership Studies

Ph.D. in Leadership

Gain your Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership with USM's Leadership Studies professionals. Our Leadership Studies faculty, experts in their fields of study, seek to prepare students in the Ph.D. in Leadership program to be leaders capable of effectively addressing various challenges that cross disciplinary boundaries and sectors in a global context. This Ph.D. in Leadership program builds upon the strong legacy of one of the first academic programs in Leadership in the world. The primary focus of the doctoral program is to develop thought leaders who are committed to exploring leading-edge issues in innovative ways, combining scholarship, creativity, and self-inquiry.

Learn more: Leadership, Ph.D 2022-23 Catalog Page

As a Leadership, Ph.D. student you will choose one of two program concentrations:

The Leadership Education (LE) track is designed for individuals who aspire to faculty roles and includes additional focus in leadership and organizational theory as well as leadership program curriculum design, pedagogy and andragogy, and assessment and evaluation.

LE Concentration Courses:

LOS 512 - Deliberate Creativity and Innovation
LOS 611 - Communication and Relationship Building
LOS 626 - Leadership Education: Assessment & Evaluation
LOS 627 - Leadership Education: Design & Delivery
LOS 703 - Comparative Leadership Theory
LOS 771 - Comparative Organizational Theory

The Organization Development (OD) track is designed for individuals who aspire to consulting and other professional roles in the leadership and organization development industries.

OD Concentration Courses:

LOS 512 - Deliberate Creativity and Innovation
LOS 611 - Communication and Relationship Building
LOS 625 - Training and Development
LOS 665 - Organizational Consulting: A Perspective on Leadership
LOS 772 - Strategic Planning, Visioning, & Design
LOS 775 - Leading for Financial Performance & Accounting

Apply to the Ph.D. in Leadership Program


Applicants must have an earned master’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (by the start date of the doctoral program). Additionally, applicants should be working professionals with experience and interest in pursuing advanced study of leadership. 

All applications must be submitted by December 1st to be considered for matriculation into this highly sought after program in the following Fall semester. Your application will describe how your personal and professional goals align with the program's mission/vision/values.

Successful applicants will have demonstrated skills and competencies in their academic careers as well as their field of work, which may be in public, non-profit, or corporate sectors. (Examples of these demonstrated skills may include pursuits such as published research, teaching academic courses, presenting at academic conferences, etc.) 

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