The Spalding University Doctorate in Leadership Program is an interdisciplinary program that prepares, in two separate tracks (Executive and Scholar-Practitioner), senior and mid-management organizational leaders in a variety of fields with the knowledge and skills to advance for-profit and not-for-profit organizations with rigorous cutting-edge research and collaborative study to impact the world of policy and evidence-based practice. The program’s integrated and flexible format for instruction promotes best practices in both business and higher education for advanced-degree students by offering applicable, dynamic learning that permits students to engage in one course at a time without career interruption. Program partnering organizations complement Spalding instruction with guest speakers and real-world learning opportunities. The dissertation, which a student may choose to co-author with a cohort member, may focus on a research question that directly applies to the researcher’s place of employment or to the needs of a partnering community organization. The Leadership Program is designed to transform participants into leaders who are exemplary practitioners of organizational research, extraordinary culture and team builders, drivers of change and innovation, and models of entrepreneurship, who are also influential in global communications, compassionate, and mindful.
The program is a 60-credit hour, fully accredited, interdisciplinary program of full-time study that culminates in a terminal degree. It consists of 10 6-credit-hour courses, a dissertation, and an executive summary. The program is intended to be completed in 2.5 years without career interruption. The hybrid instructional format is designed to support students' learning and professional needs. Participants take two courses, consecutively, during each fall and spring semester. They do not take courses during the summer. The hybrid learning format, which assures that students focus deeply on one topic at a time, combines:
The focus of the dissertation is understanding and solving a real-world workplace- or community-based issue.
Key features of this program are that it:
The program description now applies to both tracks of the program. Differences in student experience in the two tracks of the program will not be in course content, course delivery, or student learning outcomes, but will be inherent in the particular assignments, guest speakers, and instructors selected to provide optimal learning to meet each group’s needs.
Prior completion of a master’s or professional degree from a regionally accredited college or university is a pre-requisite for admission. Standardized test scores from graduate school entrance exams are not required for admission. However, TOEFL scores are required for those for whom English is a second language. Additional admission requirements include:
If the candidate is currently enrolled in a master’s degree program, she or he may still apply with the understanding that no doctoral class may be taken until the master’s degree is officially completed. Applications are reviewed to take into account the candidate’s skills and attributes to identify individuals who show potential for leadership in this program, as well as potential for organizational success.
Program requirements include:
All 60 credit hours in the Ed.D.: Leadership Program must be taken at Spalding University.
Ed.D. in Leadership Education candidates (students who entered the program prior to the 2015-2016 academic year) must complete the program within a period of five years. A one-year extension may be granted upon written request to the Program Director. Extensions must be approved by the Dean and the Provost. Ed.D.: Leadership candidates (students who entered the program in or after the 2015-2016 academic year) must complete the program within 18 months of completing EDD 922D3, Dissertation Seminar 3: Final Edit and Defense and Executive Summary Preparation and Presentation.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon Completion of This Program, Graduates Will: