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Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership

  • Irvine, CA
  • Full-Time
  • 3 Years

Focusing on a rapidly evolving field in psychology, The Chicago School’s Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership program at The Chicago School’s Irvine campus helps prepare students to become leaders in addressing organizational and business needs. Students graduate with practical knowledge and experience working with real organizations in an increasingly global environment. Guided by practitioner faculty, Ph.D. in […]

Focusing on a rapidly evolving field in psychology, The Chicago School’s Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership program at The Chicago School’s Irvine campus helps prepare students to become leaders in addressing organizational and business needs. Students graduate with practical knowledge and experience working with real organizations in an increasingly global environment.

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

  • Human diversity and ethics
  • Research strategies
  • Strategic change management
  • Team-building
  • Organizational interventions
  • Interpersonal dynamics
  • Leadership methodologies
  • Systems theory

In addition, students enrolled in the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership program are offered the opportunity for hands-on learning through ConCISE, a student run consulting firm, with a mission of providing solutions to business and organizations throughout Southern California.

Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership graduates are prepared to apply their skills to a wide range of fields and professions, including:

  • Consultation
  • Marketing
  • Human resources
  • Leadership
  • Government
  • Business
  • Nonprofit

Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership: Irvine Student Experience

Our Irvine campus, is located in Orange County next to UC Irvine in the heart of University Plaza. Over 100 national and multinational businesses are headquartered in Irvine, opening up significant networking and job opportunities.

Our Irvine campus is also home to one of our well-known Chicago School counseling centers, which provide students the extraordinary opportunity to apply to gain real-world training at the centers while also learning marketing and operations related to running a private practice or mental health clinic.

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Management Philosophy and Practice

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

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 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.

More specific information is located in the Program Guidebook.

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c/o The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
350 N Orleans ST STE 1050
Chicago, IL 60654-1822

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.

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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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