Interdisciplinary PhD in Leadership Studies

University of Central Arkansas

Program Description

Interdisciplinary PhD in Leadership Studies

University of Central Arkansas

The University of Central Arkansas’s Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Leadership Studies (LEAD) program prepares scholar leaders to research and acts for the common good. Students come to LEAD from across public sectors: education, public health, community arts, and community development. Throughout the program, students’ expertise is enriched by the scholarly study of how integrative leadership and research can enhance the quality of life and well-being of Arkansans. Graduates of the program are prepared to lead through research to create social change.

The Ph.D. in Leadership enlists the Human Development Index (HDI) and other quality of life indicators to gauge vitality and need. With knowledge of networking, decision-making, and research, graduates advance community and human development by targeting educational attainment, community vitality, public health, cultural/fine arts, environmental sustainability, and other developmental factors.

The Ph.D. in Leadership program is the only degree program of its kind in Arkansas and is unique to this region of the United States. The program, taught by faculty from a variety of academic disciplines, offers a broad-based, interdisciplinary curriculum using scholarly skills and research for preparing active professionals to contribute to the knowledge of contemporary leadership and to assume organizational leadership roles.

Program of Study

This is a classroom-based program. Our courses are offered on nights and weekends; occasionally cognate courses may be offered online.

The program is 60 total credit hours.

I. Leadership Required Core (18 semester hours)

The required core is designed to provide knowledge and understanding of contemporary organizations and the wide range of influences on 21st-century leadership.

  • LEAD 6302 Leadership Communication in Organizations
  • LEAD 7303 Leadership in Complex Organizations
  • LEAD 7304 Leadership and Ethics
  • LEAD 8305 Leadership Theory
  • LEAD 8308 Major Area of Leadership Research (Qualifying Paper)
  • LEAD 8334 Leadership and Change

II. Research Core (15 semester hours)

The research core will prepare students to conduct high-quality research.

  • PSYC 6331 Research Design
  • PSYC 6330 Advanced Psychological Statistics
  • LEAD 8309 Leadership InquirySyllabus-QualitativeResearch
  • LEAD 8302 Advanced Qualitative Research
  • PSYC 7320 Multivariate and Regression Analysis
  • OR
  • LEAD 8332 Leadership in the Global Setting; LEAD 8336 Contemporary Issues in Leadership; LEAD 8338 Independent Readings and Research in Leadership

II. Research Core (15 semester hours)

The research core will prepare students to conduct high-quality research.

  • PSYC 6331 Research Design
  • PSYC 6330 Advanced Psychological Statistics
  • LEAD 8309 Leadership InquirySyllabus-QualitativeResearch
  • LEAD 8302 Advanced Qualitative Research
  • PSYC 7320 Multivariate and Regression Analysis
  • OR
  • LEAD 8332 Leadership in the Global Setting; LEAD 8336 Contemporary Issues in Leadership; LEAD 8338 Independent Readings and Research in Leadership

III. Cognate Courses (15 semester hours)

Courses will be selected from related fields to provide a broader context for understanding societal issues and to provide a deeper content knowledge of dissertation topics. Students will choose courses from education, community development, government, and/or nonprofit fields. Some courses may be organized and offered as an interdisciplinary course while others may be for students in a single cognate area like Gifted and Talented.

Cognate courses may also be offered as part of a field-based research project through our program.

  • Note that students have opportunities to enter into independent and directed studies in their content and methodology areas – these will be counted toward cognate hours. Occasionally we will post syllabi of some of the cognate courses to give you an idea of what some students have taken.
  • LEAD 7302 Directed Readings on the Capabilities Approach
  • LEAD 7331 Administrative Leadership in Higher Education
  • LEAD 7300 GIS and Research Design

IV. Dissertation (12 semester hours)

Selection of the dissertation project will rest primarily with the doctoral student, subject to approval by the student’s primary research advisor, dissertation committee, and the Director of LEAD. The Ph.D. dissertation is meant to foster research expertise and contribute to the development of theory, methodology, and discipline knowledge of leadership.

Cost & Fees

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Last updated February 14, 2018
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