Department of Leadership Studies Features


Mission and Program Outcomes

The doctoral program in leadership studies prepares leader-scholars who -- through their commitment to civic and community engagement, transformative research and creative scholarship - work globally to maximize human potential.

Program Overview

The Department of Leadership Studies (LEST) is an interdisciplinary doctoral program designed for those persons who desire to lead and conduct social and behavioral sciences research in the field of leadership. The emerging interdisciplinary field of leadership studies covers a wide range of academic disciplines such as psychology, sociology, history, political science, and religious studies, to name a few.  Our students come from diverse professional backgrounds such as business, engineering, law, industry, education, healthcare, the +military and community-based organizations.  The intellectual climate of the program is enhanced through (a) networking in the academy and (b) our partnerships and community networks that bring real-time academic, economic, political and social justice issues to campus and intentional connections for students in community-based initiatives grounded in scholarship and engagement principles.  The LEST curriculum requirement includes a minimum of 54 hours beyond the master’s degree, with 44 hours of coursework and 12 hours for dissertation research.  Additionally, students are expected to complete 12-hour track in one of the following areas: (a) Higher Education and Community Colleges, (b) African American Leadership, (c) Transformative Leadership for Civic and Community Engagement, (a) Leadership for K-20 Diversity and Educational Justice, and (e) Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies.  LEST’s goal is to produce leader-scholars who are critical thinkers and facilitators of leadership committed to democratic engagement.

Program Outcomes

• Outcome 1: Ph. D. candidates will demonstrate understanding of major leadership theories in Leadership Studies, and the ability to analyze and critique these theories, and apply these theories in diverse settings.

• Outcome 2: Ph. D. candidates will effectively demonstrate decision-making skills and a repertoire of knowledge needed to lead, organize, and engage diverse local, national, and global communities.

• Outcome 3: Ph.D. candidates will be able to use a range of perspectives from interdisciplinary fields of study particularly to provide leadership that addresses societal challenges.

• Outcome 4: Ph. D. candidates will articulate an understanding of the role of ethics in leadership, and develop ethical reasoning as well as reflection skills that promote social justice.

• Outcome 5: Ph. D. candidates will demonstrate the ability to design, analyze, critique, and conduct research using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research techniques.