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Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership FAQ's

Ph.D. Group

Q. What is the deadline for applications?

  • A. Completed applications are due January 15, 2014. The Admissions Committee issues decisions no later than March 1st. As space is available a second round of applications will be reviewed March15th with an Admissions Committee decision no later than May 1st. After the March 15th deadline applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed until the cohort is full.

Q. How many students are accepted into the program?

  • A. Twenty students are accepted into the cohort each year.

Q. Do I have to come to campus?

  • A. Attendance at the residencies is mandatory. Residencies occur three times a year; September, January and May.

Q. Can the GRE, MAT or GMAT exam be waived or is it a mandatory requirement for admission?

  • A. Providing scores for the GRE, MAT, or GMAT is a requirement for admission. Scores are not waived.

Q. If I have previously taken the test but it has been more than five years can I still submit a copy of my scores?

  • A. GRE, MAT or GMAT scores must be within the last five years. Testing sites do not keep records for more than five years.

Q. Is there a threshold score?

  • A. The scores on the GRE, MAT and GMAT are typically inadequate if they fall below the 50th percentile. However we are careful to review the entire portfolio of the applicant. If scores are below the 50th percentile but other elements are strong an applicant may well be accepted.

Q. How many hours a week are necessary to complete the assignments?

  • A. Most of our current students are experiencing a minimum of fifteen to twenty hours to complete the assignments. Time spent on course work is relative to the speed at which you read for comprehension and the expectations of individual professors.  This academically rigorous PhD program incorporates theories and practical applications.

Q. How do students balance their commitments?

  • A. An adjustment managing your time will be necessary when committing to the Ph.D. leadership program. Students find they need to make choices and sacrifices in their schedules for the duration of the program. Please view the video under the About the Program section of the Web site: Managing Day to Day.

Q. Do most students still maintain their full time jobs while completing their PhD?

  • A. This calendar was designed to be sensitive to the working professional, while maintaining the integrity of Ph.D. level work. The Program is intended for "reflective practitioners," individuals who will pursue this degree online while continuing in their current responsibilities.

Q. Is it possible to schedule a meeting with the program director or other faculty?

  • A. This is a large commitment and we encourage you to ask questions. If after your research Eastern appears to be a good fit for your needs but you need confirmation and have further questions please contact our offices and schedule an appointment to meet with the director or other appropriate faculty.

Q. How long does it take to complete the program?

  • A. To successfully complete the Ph.D. program, students must earn 60 credits, which includes foundation, research, concentration and  dissertation courses. The basic calendar framework is three years of coursework followed by research for the dissertation. We encourage students to complete everything in five years. Maximum allotted time for completion is ten years.

Q. What are some dissertation topics that alumni have researched?

Q. What do alumni do?

  • A. Some of our alumni have gained tenure track faculty position at universities. Others have advanced in their industries to higher leadership positions, and some are developing entrepreneurial enterprises.  

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