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Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership

  • Chicago, IL
  • Full-Time
  • 3 Years

The Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership program at The Chicago School prepares students to be visionary leaders to meet organizational needs and objectives. Students will be able to apply their knowledge to a broad range of areas, including Fortune 500 Companies, nonprofit organizations, social service agencies, education, and government. Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership students will cover a […]

The Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership program at The Chicago School prepares students to be visionary leaders to meet organizational needs and objectives. Students will be able to apply their knowledge to a broad range of areas, including Fortune 500 Companies, nonprofit organizations, social service agencies, education, and government.

Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership students will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Emerging theories of leadership
  • Change management
  • Research strategies
  • Human diversity and ethics
  • Research strategies
  • Strategic change management
  • Teambuilding
  • Organizational interventions
  • Interpersonal dynamics
  • Leadership methodologies
  • A range of electives to support each student’s individual career goals

Students pursuing a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership at The Chicago School conduct a wide range of leadership research and complete a dissertation on a leadership topic of their choosing. With a rich understanding of traditional theories of leadership and organizational effectiveness, graduates will have the tools to become leaders in evolving business environments.

The doctorate program in business psychology culminates with a dissertation, preparing students to become active scholar practitioners. Students are encouraged to present their work at academic conferences and for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership: Chicago Student Experience

The Chicago Campus provides students an opportunity to immerse themselves into a culturally diverse city with nearly unlimited academic resources as well as excellent networking opportunities. Chicago is also home to some of the nation’s finest dining, entertainment, museums, and other activities.

At our flagship campus, The Chicago School has demonstrated a continued commitment to a diverse student population and expanding mental health services to multicultural and underserved communities.

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Management Philosophy and Practice

Looks at various management philosophies and their practical applications. Topics include an examination management and leadership philosophy’s and styles, and a comparison and contrast of the differences between management, leadership, and mentorship.

Emerging Theories of Leadership

Examines current theories regarding leadership. Topics include an examination of ethical leadership and the various theories of leadership and leadership development.

Systems Theory

Focuses on the exploration of General Systems Theory and major modes of organizational systems in order to facilitate understanding of change and its impact on organizational life.

Students must have access to an organizational environment that will be available for use in research and reference for course work.

Completion of the dissertation is an essential aspect of a students’ 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.

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Application to The Chicago School’s Organizational Leadership doctoral program is open to any person who has earned a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in psychology, the behavioral sciences, organizational discipline or other related field, and who meets other entrance requirements. Students applying to the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership (post-Master’s) program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
    • Three or more years of work experience is preferred
  • 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.
  • Preparatory Coursework:
    • Aside from general admission requirements, this program requires applicants to have successfully completed at least one (1) foundational course in statistics, and one (1) foundational course in psychology or organizational behavior with a grade earned of ‘C’ or better by the end of their first semester (second online term) of study.  Students who have not done so through previous coursework must successfully meet this progression requirement though the options outlined in the catalog.

International Application Requirements

The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping 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.

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