Doctor of Philosophy
What is the Ph.D. in Leadership Program?
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Leadership degree is multidisciplinary in scope, and can be completed online or on campus, with one required on-campus residency in the first year. It is designed for students seeking an advanced degree leading to organizational leadership positions. It integrates research, theory and practice, and provides a breadth of knowledge across the leadership field with in-depth research and study in pivotal areas. Critical thinking, scholarly research, writing, and learning supports the entire program. Three tracks are available for students to choose an area of specialty: Organizational Management, Ministry Administration, and Educational Administration.
One of The Most Flexible and Affordable Options
The ability to take classes on campus or via asynchronous, online delivery offers busy working professionals an anywhere, anytime approach toward earning their doctorate in leadership — with the exception of a one-week, on-campus residency within the first year.
Since many of our students have full-time careers as well as families, we strive to meet their needs by making our program as flexible and affordable as possible. Our PhD in Leadership courses cost $570 per credit hour and the program can be completed in as few as 3 years while balancing a full-time career, personal life, and family.
While PIU ranks #2 in the nation for the most affordable doctorate in leadership, 96% of our students receive some form of financial aid whether it be institutional, federal, or military. In 2017, over $1.3 million was awarded to our students.
PhD in Leadership classes are seven weeks long, with two start dates each in the summer, fall, and spring semesters. You must submit your application three weeks prior to the start of class.
Students are required to attend a one-week on-campus residency the first time it is offered after acceptance. The residency is a highlight for students as they begin to develop competencies in dissertation choice, design and methodology, and APA writing style and format. It is an opportunity for students to build relationships with professors and grow their own personal networks with fellow students.
Students can stay in university housing for a fee or choose to stay in area hotels. A $795 fee is attached to the residency requirement, which includes room and board costs in university housing. Details are provided by the John Wesley School of Leadership prior to registration for the event.