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Department of Leadership Studies

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Leadership Studies

The Department of Leadership Studies offers the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in leadership studies. The 75 semester credit hour doctoral program utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to prepare individuals who will emerge as leaders capable of excelling in business, healthcare, education and public affairs agencies.

The PhD in leadership studies program at Our Lady of the Lake University is designed as a four year sequence, which begins with intensive course work and culminates with the dissertation. Courses in the program reflect emerging new knowledge and skills and are taught as interdisciplinary, thematic units. This is a cohort program, which includes approximately 15-25 participants taking courses together. The cohort model provides individuals with opportunities to work collaboratively to meet the demands of the program. The program requires:

  1. 75 semester hours in leadership studies beyond the master’s degree, including dissertation
  2. Doctoral coursework taken at an accredited college/university up to five years prior to the student’s entry in the program may partially fulfill semester hour requirements

Admission Application Requirements

Regular Admission

  1. Completed OLLU application forms
  2. Nonrefundable $25 application fee
  3. Official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities attended at the master’s degree and undergraduate levels
  4. A master’s degree with a minimum of 36 credit hours in an appropriate field from a regionally accredited college or university. Leveling work may be required
  5. Preferred grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale in all previous master’s degree work
  6. Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) either from a testing center or as recorded on an official transcript
  7. A complete résumé
  8. A personal statement may be required
  9. Must take the following assessment tests at the University Assessment Center:
    • NEO Personality Inventory – Revised (NEOPI-R)
    • Watson-Glaser critical thinking skills inventory
    • Writing Assessment
  10. Interview with DLS Faculty arranged by the Leadership Department and is by appointment only
  11. Applicants whose primary language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), as stipulated in the OLLU Admission Information for International Graduate Applicants

Admission Deadline

Admissions deadlines are available on the Department of Leadership Studies website.

Admission Procedures

  1. All completed admission files will be submitted to the PhD Admission Committee who will review the completed applications.
  2. All applicants will be notified of their admission decision no later than two weeks after the admissions deadline date.

International Students

An international student seeking admission into the graduate program for a PhD in leadership studies should refer to page 35 of this bulletin for additional information on credentials needed for admission.

Conditional Admission

Conditional acceptance is granted on the merits of each case. In some circumstances, applicants who do not meet all of the requirements for regular admission may be admitted conditionally, providing they fulfill the conditions listed in their letters of conditional acceptance within the period of specified time. If conditional acceptance is given because of missing official credentials, the period of time to provide those documents will not extend beyond the first term of attendance.

Academic Requirements

Doctoral students will be expected to complete the following requirements in addition to required coursework:

  1. Comprehensive examinations — each student is required to pass successfully all written and oral comprehensive examinations. The first comprehensive exam occurs after 18 credit hours. Students may not continue beyond 30 semester hours until they have passed this exam. The candidacy comprehensive exam is taken after 48 semester hours. Upon passing the candidacy exam, students may form a dissertation committee and register for dissertation credits.
  2. Dissertation — a dissertation is required as part of the doctoral program. A student must register for at least nine semester hours of dissertation courses. If a student has not completed the dissertation by the end of the three-course sequence, the student must register for one credit hour of dissertation credit for each semester until completion.
  3. Time limits — the interdisciplinary program is designed as a four-year cohort experience. Students are expected to complete the doctoral program in the time limit prescribed. Exceptions may be approved by the chair of the Department of Leadership Studies. Students will not be permitted to complete the program after 10 years from the time of first enrollment. Students who take longer than seven years from time of first enrollment to complete all coursework and the dissertation may need to repeat some of their courses.

Students complete 60 credit hours of required course work, three credit hours of electives, and 12 credit hours spent researching and writing an original dissertation.

The sequence of courses is designed around four broad areas. The four course leadership sequence progresses from theories of leading individuals and small groups through leadership in international organizations. The applied courses improve practitioner skills in the areas of communication, management and legal/ethical. The policy development courses introduce students to seminal arguments for and against a variety of societal issues. The leadership research sequence provides students the needed skills to conceive, design and conduct their doctoral dissertation. The leadership electives are taken in the last year of study concomitant to work on the dissertation.

If a dissertation chair, in agreement with a doctoral student, believes the student has a good chance of successfully defending their dissertation prior to the beginning of a term, that student should be registered for LEAD 9199 and any remaining hours needed to complete all of their course and program requirements.

If student does not successfully defend her/his dissertation that term, the dissertation chair will submit a grade of "X" for LEAD 9199. That grade will remain in place until the student successfully defends her/his dissertation. As long as the student has completed all of the degree required hours (75), the student will not need to register for any hours in the next consecutive term. However, if the dissertation is not completed in the next consecutive term, the student will then need to register for LEAD 9149 for each term after that in order to remain an active student.

The Complexity of the Leadership Task

Progression of Courses

LEAD 9310

Intermediate Leadership Theories

LEAD 9320

Intra-Organizational Leadership

LEAD 9321

Inter-Organizational Leadership

LEAD 9313

Global Leadership

LEAD 9170

Synthesis of Leadership and Research Theories

LEAD 9172

Leadership Theories Synthesis for Leadership

Readings in Leadership

LEAD 9350

Historical Leadership Theories

LEAD 9351

Advanced Leadership Theories

Applied Courses for Leaders

Communication

LEAD 9261

Oral Communication for Leaders

LEAD 9316

Conflict Management

Management

LEAD 9311

Leadership Issues in Technology and Organizational Change OR

LEAD 9314

Leadership Decision Processes

LEAD 9323

Resource Management I

LEAD 9173

Management Synthesis for Leadership

Legal and Ethical

LEAD 9324

Legal Issues

LEAD 9352

Leadership Ethics and Morality

Policy Development at the Leadership Level

LEAD 9330

Policy, Values and Partnerships

LEAD 9332

Applications in Policy and Services

The Complexity of Leadership Research

Progression of Related Courses

LEAD 9341

Intermediate Research Methods

LEAD 9342

Advanced Research Methods

LEAD 9343

Experimental Design and Statistics I

LEAD 9344

Experimental Design and Statistics II

LEAD 9171

Research Synthesis for Leadership

Applied Leadership Research

LEAD 9349

Field Based Research

LEAD 9349

Field Based Research

LEAD 9349

Field Based Research

LEAD 9149

Field Based Research

LEAD 9149

Field Based Research

LEAD 9199

Dissertation Defense

Leadership Electives (Topics Change Each Semester)

LEAD 9366

Selected Topics in Leadership Studies

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Leadership Studies and Master of Business Administration

93 hours

Students in the PhD program may choose to also get an MBA in management. This can be accomplished by taking an additional 18 hours of course work in the MBA program. The course listed with the prefix "BADM" are the courses required. All students seeking to get an MBA must meet the admission requirements to the MBA program.

LEAD 9310

Intermediate Leadership Theories

LEAD 9318

Leadership Assessment

LEAD 9320

Intra-Organizational Leadership

LEAD 9321

Inter-Organizational Leadership

LEAD 9313

Global Leadership

LEAD 9170

Synthesis of Leadership and Research Theories

LEAD 9172

Leadership Theories Synthesis for Leadership

LEAD 9350

Historical Leadership Theories

LEAD 9351

Advanced Leadership Theories

LEAD 9261

Oral Communication for Leaders

LEAD 9316

Conflict Management

LEAD 9311

Leadership Issues in Technology and Organizational Change OR

LEAD 9314

Leadership Decision Processes

LEAD 9173

Management Synthesis for Leadership

LEAD 9323

Resources Management I

LEAD 9324

Legal Issues

LEAD 9352

Leadership Ethics and Morality

LEAD 9330

Policy, Values and Partnerships

LEAD 9332

Applications in Policy and Services

LEAD 9341

Intermediate Research Methods

LEAD 9342

Advanced Research Methods

LEAD 9343

Experimental Design and Statistics I

LEAD 9344

Experimental Design and Statistics II

LEAD 9171

Research Synthesis for Leadership

LEAD 9349

Field Based Research

LEAD 9349

Field Based Research

LEAD 9349

Field Based Research

LEAD 9149

Field Based Research

LEAD 9149

Field Based Research

LEAD 9199

Dissertation Defense

LEAD 9366

Selected Topics in Leadership Studies

BADM 8313

Managerial Control Systems

BADM 8315

Corporate Finance

BADM 8316

Marketing Strategies and Policies

BADM 8317

Information Systems for Management

BADM 8319

Supply Chain and Operations Management

BADM 8325

The Economics of Global Business Conditions

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Leadership Studies

93 hours

LEAD 6310

Leadership Theory and Practice

LEAD 6322

Critical Thinking and Problem Analysis for Leaders

LEAD 6351

Readings in Leadership

LEAD 6362

Written Communication for Leaders

LEAD 6321

Leadership Strategies and Processes

LEAD 6341

Introduction to Leadership Research Methods

LEAD 9310

Intermediate Leadership Theories

LEAD 9320

Intra-Organizational Leadership

LEAD 9321

Inter-Organizational Leadership

LEAD 9313

Global Leadership

LEAD 9350

Historical Leadership Theories

LEAD 9351

Advanced Leadership Theories

LEAD 9261

Oral Communication for Leaders

LEAD 9316

Conflict Management

LEAD 9311

Leadership Issues in Technology and Organizational Change

LEAD 9314

Leader Decision Processes

LEAD 9323

Financial Issues in Leadership

LEAD 9324

Legal Issues

LEAD 9352

Leadership Ethics and Morality

LEAD 9330

Policy, Values and Partnerships

LEAD 9332

Applications in Policy and Services

LEAD 9341

Intermediate Research Methods

LEAD 9342

Advanced Leadership Research

LEAD 9343

Experimental Design and Statistics I

LEAD 9344

Experimental Design and Statistics II

LEAD 9349

Field Based Research

LEAD 9349

Field Based Research

LEAD 9349

Field Based Research

LEAD 9366

Selected Topics in Leadership

LEAD 9366

Selected Topics in Leadership

Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

Students are admitted to begin their programs of study three times each year: fall, spring and summer. Applicants submit a battery of materials including:

  • GRE, GMAT or MAT scores and official master’s degree and undergraduate transcripts from all previous colleges and universities attended
  • A complete résumé, detailing professional work experience
  • A personal statement of three to five, double-spaced pages describing long-range professional and scholarly interests

The Master of Science in organizational leadership enhances the leadership skills of dedicated professionals in a wide range of fields to include business, education and healthcare administration. The interdisciplinary degree combines theory and fieldwork in order to graduate "practitioner-scholars" who can provide enlightened leadership at the workplace.

The degree has three primary goals:

  1. To afford leadership development at the master’s degree level for promising professionals with aspirations to higher levels of responsibility in business, education, health and public service in the region, the state and the nation
  2. To provide an opportunity for interdisciplinary master’s degree study within a framework that fosters the development of a global perspective
  3. To make substantive contributions to the application of knowledge in executive leadership and policy development, research and community service

Semester 1

LEAD 6310

Introduction to Leadership Theories

LEAD 6322

Critical Thinking and Problem Analysis for Leaders

Semester 2

LEAD 6341

Introduction to Leadership Research Methods

LEAD 6321

Leadership Strategies and Processes

Semester 3

LEAD 6351

Readings in Leadership

LEAD 6362

Written Communications for Leaders

Semester 4

LEAD 6344

Transformational Leadership

LEAD 6316

Conflict Management for Leaders

Students must pass a four hour written comprehensive exam and an oral comprehensive exam before they are eligible for the MSOL degree. Normally, these test must be taken upon completion of 24 credit hours.

Choose one of the following concentrations:

Leadership Concentration - 12 semester hours

LEAD 6314

Leadership Decision Making

LEAD 6370

Synthesis of Leadership and Research Theories

LEAD 6366

Selected Topics in Leadership

LEAD 6366

Selected Topics in Leadership

Interdisciplinary Concentration – 12 semester hours

Take the following 6 semester hours:

LEAD 6314

Leadership Decision Making

LEAD 6370

Synthesis of Leadership and Research Theories

Take 6 semester hours from the following:

BADM 8310

Legal and Ethical Environment of Business and Global Decision-Making

BADM 8322

International Study Tour

SOCI 6325

Demography

SOCI 6390

Selected Reading

SOWK 6321

Social Welfare Policy and Services

SOWK 7360

Policy and Practice in Human Services

Other Leadership Related Course(s) — Approved by Adviser

Master of Business Administration and Master of Science Specializations: Business Administration and Organizational Leadership

MBA then MSOL. All students seeking to get an MSOL, in addition to the MBA, must meet the admission requirements to the MSOL program. MBA students who choose to go into the dual program, must be admitted to the dual program before completing 18 hours in Business courses.

54 semester hours

BADM 8309

Management Theory and Decision-Making Practices

BADM 8310

Legal and Ethical Environment of Business and Global Decision-Making

BADM 8313

Managerial Control Systems

BADM 8315

Corporate Finance

BADM 8316

Marketing Strategies and Policies

BADM 8317

Information Systems for Management

BADM 8319

Supply Chain and Operations Management

BADM 8325

The Economics of Global Business Conditions

BADM 8330

Strategic Management Concepts and Processes

LEAD 6310

Introduction to Leadership Theories

LEAD 6322

Critical Thinking and Problem Analysis for Leaders

LEAD 6341

Introduction to Leadership Research Methods

LEAD 6351

Readings in Leadership

LEAD 6360

Multi-cultural Issues in Leadership

LEAD 6362

Written Communication for Leaders

LEAD 6366

Selected Topic in Leadership

LEAD 6366

Selected Topic in Leadership

Candidacy Written Comp

Candidacy Oral Comp

Master of Science and Master of Business Administration Specializations: Organizational Leadership and Business Administration

MSOL then MBA. All students seeking to get an MBA, in addition to the MSOL, must meet the admission requirements to the MBA program. MSOL students who choose to go into the dual program, must be admitted to the dual program before completing 18 hours in Leadership courses.

54 semester hours

LEAD 6310

Leadership Theory and Practice

LEAD 6322

Critical Thinking and Problem Analysis for Leaders

LEAD 6341

Introduction to Leadership Research Methods

LEAD 6351

Readings in Leadership

LEAD 6360

Multi-Cultural Issues in Leadership

LEAD 6362

Written Communication for Leaders

LEAD 6366

Selected Topic in Leadership

LEAD 6366

Selected Topic in Leadership

BADM 8309

Management Theory and Decision-Making Practices

BADM 8310

Legal and Ethical Environment of Business and Global Decision-Making

BADM 8313

Managerial Control Systems

BADM 8315

Corporate Finance

BADM 8316

Marketing Strategies and Policies

BADM 8317

Information Systems for Management

BADM 8319

Supply Chain and Operations Management

BADM 8325

The Economics of Global Business Conditions

BADM 8330

Strategic Management Concepts and Processes

Candidacy Written Comp

Candidacy Oral Comp