Doctor of Education in Leadership Studies

Ashland University's interdisciplinary Doctorate in Leadership Studies combines theory and practice with individual mentoring and applied research to train a new generation of reflective, ethical and effective leaders in P-12 schools, higher education, government, industry and human service organizations.

High-quality academic content paired with individualized mentoring — both on and off campus, through workplace partners — stand as the hallmarks of Ashland University’s doctoral program in leadership studies. With a Doctorate in leadership studies, you will engage in a rigorous process of research, inquiry and site-specific practice.

Leadership is conceived within the context of organizational renewal, so you’ll focus your development upon the common values among professionals; vision of professional organizations; pursuit of institutional and personal goals; and combination of information and relationships.

HYBRID MODEL OF TEACHING AND LEARNING

Our faculty understand that students pursing a doctorate in leadership studies lead busy lives. In an effort to facilitate the work-life balance of our students we offer our courses in a hybrid format allowing for both face-to-face instruction and online learning.

COHORT LEARNING

Each year we accept a new cohort of students giving students the opportunity to learn and grow together. The camaraderie within cohorts sustains everyone’s momentum and provides a valuable network well after graduation. Through a competitive selection process, we look for cohort balance in personal characteristics; academic background; communication style and skill; leadership ability; and cultural ability.

MENTORSHIP AND REAL TIME PROBLEM SOLVING

All of our doctoral students work full time, so everyone completes a change project on the job as a component of the program’s required field experience. Working with advisors over 12-15 months, you’ll delve into action-oriented research to determine needs and options. Then, you will plan, implement and evaluate your change project helping to resolve important issues within your own organization.

ADVANCED RESEARCH SKILLS

Through the dissertation, students engage in scholarly research and inquiry to improve the practice of leadership. The document will demonstrate doctoral-level composition and format; inquiry methods and analysis; state-of-the-art knowledge; and application of leadership strategies from which other professionals can benefit.

LEADERS IN THE COMMUNITY

Our graduates have continued their careers in a variety of areas including superintendents in school districts of all sizes, public and private; college deans and professors; and business executives. With a doctorate in leadership studies from Ashland University the possibilities are endless.