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The PH.D in Leadership Studies is a minimum 54 credit hour program. Following is a delineation of the required coursework for completion of the program.

Core Courses 18 credit hours

LEST 800 Leadership Theories

LEST 992 Pro-seminar in Leadership Studies

LEST 802 Decision Making Theories and Strategies

LEST 810 Ethics and Social Responsibility in Leadership

LEST 812 Contemporary Issues in Cultural Diversity

LEST 840 Organizational Structure and Dynamics

LEST 991 Qualifying Exam

LEST 995 Doctoral Preliminary Examination

RESEARCH-Minimum of 12 credit hours


LEST 815 Research Design & Methodology

LEST 860 Qualitative Research

LEST 862 Quantitative Research

Choose One (1) Additional Research Methodology Course

LEST 817 Field Studies in Global Leadership

LEST 861 Computer Aided Research

LEST 863 Statistical Applications & Interpretations

LEST 864 Ethnographic Methods

LEST 865 Mixed Methods Research

LEST 870 Internship in Leadership

Other appropriate methodology course

Areas of Study Minimum 12 credit hours

Community College Leadership

African American Leadership Studies

Leadership for Diversity and Educational Justice

Transformative Leadership for Civic and Community Engagement

Leadership Development

Individualized Study

DISSERTATION---Minimum of 12 credit hours

LEST 997 Dissertation