Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership
- 3 Years
Ideal for managers or supervisors who are interested in becoming better leaders, The Chicago School’s online Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership program prepares graduates to take on executive roles in for-profit and nonprofit businesses. Guided by practitioner faculty, online Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership students will focus on the following areas: Human diversity and ethics Research strategies Strategic […]
Ideal for managers or supervisors who are interested in becoming better leaders, The Chicago School’s online Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership program prepares graduates to take on executive roles in for-profit and nonprofit businesses.
Guided by practitioner faculty, online Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership students will focus on the following areas:
- Human diversity and ethics
- Research strategies
- Strategic change management
- Organizational interventions
- Interpersonal dynamics
- Psychological theories of leadership and motivation
- A range of electives to support each student’s individual career goals
Prepared to assume high-level consulting positions in today’s global, multicultural business environment, graduates of the online Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership program will be able to further their careers by creating and implementing leadership models that fulfill organizational needs and objectives.
Online Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership: Student Experience
Through the convenience of The Chicago School’s online programs, your life remains intact. Our online Global Student Dashboard is where you will find all of the components to successfully complete your program. There, you’ll find your coursework and assignments, interact with fellow students, and are ask questions from your instructor.
Management Philosophy and Practice
This course looks at various management philosophies and their practical applications. Topics include an examination of management and leadership philosophies and styles, and a comparison and contrast of the differences between management, leadership, and mentorship.
Emerging Theories of Leadership
This course examines current theories regarding leadership. Topics include an examination of ethical leadership and the various theories of leadership and leadership development.
Envisioning the New Health & Human Service Organizations
Students will apply advanced understanding of strategic management concepts to analyze and assess complex organization problems, envision new paradigms and innovative solutions, and create organizational change. This course investigates the complex ethical, legal, political, economic, regulatory, social, technological, and international issues facing health and human services leaders.
Students must have access to an organizational environment that will be available for use in research and reference for course work.
Students also engage in two brief residencies (roughly three and one-half days each) at our Chicago campus, which provides an opportunity for face-to-face interaction and networking with fellow students from around the globe. At the first residency, which occurs during Year 1 of the program, students engage in focused seminars aimed at helping them formulate dissertation topics and prepare for the research process. At the second residency, in Year 2, students complete their competency exam. A third residency is optional.
Completion of the dissertation is an essential aspect of a student’s academic experience and professional education. It provides the school the opportunity to evaluate the student’s ability to apply Organizational Leadership theory and research and to think critically and creatively about an issue in the field.
The dissertation should clearly and concisely demonstrate the student’s command of the research in a specific area of organizational leadership. In the dissertation, the student will critically evaluate and synthesize relevant research and theory in the topic chosen for study. The student’s dissertation Committee is responsible for determining the appropriateness and acceptability of the dissertation proposal, and for final approval of the dissertation.
- Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
Aside from general admission requirements, this program requires applicants to have successfully completed (with a grade earned of “C” or better):
- one foundational course in statistics, and
- one foundational course in either psychology or organizational behavior.
Applicants who otherwise meet the admissions requirements of the program, but who have not previously successfully completed at least one foundational course in statistics and one foundational course in either psychology or organizational behavior, will be required to fulfill these admissions requirements prior to enrolling in this program through the completion of Preparatory Coursework. Applicants should review the Preparatory Coursework policy and the Program of Study page for additional details.
Send materials to:
c/o The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
350 N. Orleans St. STE 1050
Chicago, IL 60654-1822
Students applying to the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership (post-Master’s) program must submit the following:
- Application Fee: $50
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Essay – Please answer the following question in approximately 500-750 words.
- Tell us how leaders have personally inspired you in your professional and personal life.
- Statement of Research (using APA format)
- Official College/University Transcripts
- Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. The Chicago School requires that all schools be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
The Chicago School is dedicated to keep our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid Department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.