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Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Full-Time
  • 3 Years Full-Time

The Chicago School’s Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership  is ideal for experienced managers seeking to further their careers by creating leadership models that fulfill organizational needs and objectives. Offered at The Chicago School’s Los Angeles campus in southern California, the doctoral program in business psychology prepares leaders of tomorrow with coursework in human diversity and ethics, research […]

The Chicago School’s Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership  is ideal for experienced managers seeking to further their careers by creating leadership models that fulfill organizational needs and objectives.

Offered at The Chicago School’s Los Angeles campus in southern California, the doctoral program in business psychology prepares leaders of tomorrow with coursework in human diversity and ethics, research strategies, strategic change management, team-building, organizational interventions, interpersonal dynamics, leadership methodologies, and a range of electives to support each student’s individual career goals.

In the blended on-ground program, organizational leadership students take two courses concurrently within a 15-week semester in a cohort fashion, learning and sharing experiences with the same group of classmates for the duration of the program. Classes meet face-to-face one weekend per month, with online assignments and discussions between classes.

Ph.D. Organizational Leadership students also benefit from rich, hands-on learning experiences through the department’s ConCISE Center for Performance Management and Consulting. The center targets the business community, helping to develop leadership programs, manage change, and undertake strategic planning initiatives. These endeavors allow students to make significant contributions to the community through partnerships with local organizations.

Graduates emerging from the Organizational Leadership program are highly qualified to apply the principles of psychology and leadership theory in a broad range of settings and to more effectively lead across generations, cultures, and distances.

 

Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership: L.A. Student Experience

Immersed in the heart of the most diverse city in the most diverse state in the U.S., students attending the Los Angeles Campus will benefit from significant networking opportunities as they experience real-world training in the city’s rapidly evolving downtown business district. Together they learn from and work side-by-side with an experienced, qualified, and passionate faculty practitioners.

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In addition, students enrolled in the 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.

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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

Southern California students enrolled in the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership conduct a wide range of leadership research and complete a dissertation on a leadership topic of their choosing. The curriculum also provides students with a rich understanding of traditional theories of leadership and organizational effectiveness. Theory comes to life as students bring their real-world experiences to the classroom and to online discussions. Each student is encouraged to explore and develop their own unique approach to being an effective leader of the future.

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.

More specific information is located in the Program Guidebook.

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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.

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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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