Goals and Philosophy

Upon completion of the PhD program, students will be able to:

  • Critically examine and synthesize the extant literature of organizational and leadership studies to identify relevant and applicable knowledge and competencies required for leadership in diverse organizational contexts
  • Apply in-depth understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods to design and produce significant research projects, including their dissertation study
  • Demonstrate an increasingly mature commitment to both inward-looking practices of self-reflection and outward-looking practices of transformation through the integration of faith, reason, and justice
  • Demonstrate professional competencies in respective concentration areas such as Business Management, Educational Administration and Nonprofit and Public Administration
  • Engage their theoretical, practical, and methodological knowledge to create knowledge, concepts, and tools that advance the understanding and practice of organizational leadership toward effective, ethical, and transformative paradigms

The mission of the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership at Eastern University is to develop students who are able to conduct pioneering, rigorous, and interdisciplinary research that advances the understanding and practice of leadership in diverse organizational contexts.

Interdisciplinary Approach

The Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership Program provides rich, unique perspectives of other learners from distinct fields in business, education and nonprofit sectors.

The Business Management Concentration
The Business Management Concentration is designed primarily for those who have already earned an MBA or its equivalent and who therefore do not need another introduction to the essential disciplines of business leadership (e.g. marketing, finance, human resources, communications, etc.). Instead, this concentration utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to address practices and issues of concern to 21st-century leaders. The focus is on the business leader as decision-maker, consultant and scholar.  The knowledge base, practice and academic skills acquired in this program will not only prepare the business leader to advance in his/her work but will also enable a transition to consulting and scholarly roles. The PhD in Organizational Leadership will prepare students with the necessary research skills to qualify them for teaching and scholarship at the university level.

  • MNGT 750 Organizational Design
  • MNGT 765 Leading in Community: People, Problem-Solving and Conflict
  • MNGT 780 Training and Development
  • MNGT 880 Consulting Practice
     

The Education Leadership Concentration
The Education Leadership Concentration serves two target groups, the university administrator and the senior management of K-12 systems.  The Pennsylvania standards for certification for the K-12 superintendency, known as the Letter of Eligibility, will be integrated into the course work of this concentration.  Graduates will also be qualified for teaching and scholarship at the university level.

  • EDUC 750 Leadership and the Chief Executive Officer in Education
  • EDUC 760 Equity, Justice, & Accountability in Educational Leadership and Policy
  • EDUC 780 Advanced Study of Educational Law and Finance
  • EDUC 880 Educational Leadership Practicum
     

The Nonprofit and Public Administration Concentration
The Nonprofit and Public Administration Concentration is designed primarily for those who have already earned a degree in business, leadership, nonprofits, Christian ministry, public administration, social work, health administration, or another related professional field and who want to extend and apply their academic background in the nonprofit or public sector in which they are currently employed. The primary focus of this program is on the nonprofit and public administrator as decision-maker and scholar. The Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership will provide the tools, processes, and skills necessary to perform these roles.

  • BUSA 750 Strategic Management of Nonprofit Organizations
  • BUSA 760 Advocacy and Public Policy
  • BUSA 770 Advancement, Fundraising, and Philanthropy for Nonprofit
  • BUSA 880 Collaborative Leadership and Partnership

The Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership Program provides rich, unique perspectives of other learners from distinct fields in business, education and nonprofit sectors.

Cohort Learning Community
  • Students belong to cohorts of about 20 peers and progress through the program together, often creating life-long learning communities.

This cohort-based program establishes lasting, supportive professional networks through ongoing collaboration with your peers.

Blended Delivery Model
  • Our students access coursework online and attend three residencies per year in St. Davids, PA.  Learn more about the Blended Delivery Model.

The Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership Program maximizes flexibility and convenience for you through a combination of online and in-residency learning.

Curriculum Combining Theory & Practice

To successfully complete the Ph.D. program, students must earn 60 credits in foundation, concentration, research, and dissertation courses.