Organizational Learning and Leadership

  • Program Overview

    The Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Learning and Leadership is an interdisciplinary program devoted to theory and research in the areas of leadership and organizational studies. As such, the program prepares students to identify, analyze, and affect myriad issues underlying organizational processes and the dynamics of leadership. Program participants are provided with the conceptual and analytic means necessary to work effectively in a diverse range of social organizations spanning the corporate, non-profit, entrepreneurial, education, higher education, health care, religious and civic communities. 

    The Ph.D. is an academically rigorous program designed to accommodate the schedules of full-time working professionals. Courses are held on nights and weekends, with students progressing as a cohort through a prescribed sequence of courses that includes summer instruction. The program utilizes a combination of classroom seminar, a minimum number of hybrid courses, and the possibility of independent study to integrate intellectual content with students’ professional experiences and individual aspirations. Students and faculty share responsibility for providing contributions that enhance the quality of the learning environment for everyone. 

    Curricular requirements for the Organizational Learning and Leadership Program includes three components: 1) Multidisciplinary Theory and Research Core, 2) Individualized Foundations and 3) Doctoral Dissertation. The Multidisciplinary Theory and Research Core (42 credits) consists of coursework covering theory, research and practice pertaining to leadership and organizational studies supported by a sequence of courses devoted to social research methods and statistics. The Individualized Foundations (18 credits) component is a combination of transfer credits, elective courses and/or independent study germane to leadership, learning, and social organizations that is tailored to a student’s professional orientation and aspirations. The Doctoral Dissertation (6 credits) consists of a supervised research project carried out under a faculty advisor after completing core degree requirements. . 

    Course work contained in the Multidisciplinary Theory and Research Core is typically completed over a three year period of continuous enrollment, taking two courses in each of the Fall and Spring semesters and either one or two courses during the summer (see typical course sequence outlined below). Core courses must be completed before commencing Doctoral Dissertation credits. Courses satisfying the Individualized Foundations may be completed prior to, or concurrent with, other required coursework, as outlined in each student’s Individualized Curriculum Plan. A student’s Individualized Curriculum Plan (ICP) is developed within the first year of admission, in consultation with the Program Director, to provide a roadmap for completing the OLL degree program tailored to a student’s professional aspirations and personal circumstances. The ICP provides a basis for ongoing communication about a student’s evolving professional identity, personal circumstances, and progress toward achieving aspirational goals. Modifications to the ICP may be made as necessary throughout a student’s course of study in consultation with the Program Director. 


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