Doctorate in Leadership Studies

Doctorate in Leadership Studies Program

Is the Doctorate in Leadership Studies program right for you?

The interdisciplinary educational Doctorate in Leadership Studies combines theory and practice with personal mentoring and applied research to help you become a reflective, ethical and effective educational leader.

To help facilitate a better work-life balance, we offer our doctorate-level leadership studies degree in education through a hybrid format that combines face-to-face instruction with online learning and allows for a more balanced approach to continued education. 

New Accelerated Program Coming May 2018

Ashland University offers a doctorate in Leadership Studies at its Ashland campus which is conducted in a traditional/hybrid format. Beginning in May 2018, the University will begin offering an executive doctorate in Leadership Studies at its Columbus campus wherein students are able to complete their entire doctorate within 2 years through a faster-paced course sequence.

What you'll learn

Our leadership studies program offers high-quality academic content paired with individualized mentoring – both on and off campus through workplace partners – stand as the hallmarks of this doctorate in education degree. As a student, you will engage in a rigorous process of dissertation research, scholarly inquiry and site-specific practice. You’ll also develop your understanding of common values among professionals, the vision of professional organizations, and the pursuit of institutional and personal goals.

Why earn your Doctorate in Leadership Studies at Ashland?

  • Highly specialized curriculum helps you learn the skills employers seek
  • Cohort learning model allows you to grow, learn and connect with your classmates
  • Flexible hybrid learning enables you to mix online and on-campus classes to fit your schedule
  • Accelerated program allows you to complete your degree in less time than you think

Mentorship experience & residency requirement

Over a 12- to 15-month period, you will have the chance to work with a doctoral faculty mentor and complete an on-the-job component where you work on a project designed to resolve important issues within your own organization. Work study will give you real field experience while delving into action-oriented research that allows you to plan, implement and evaluate your project’s success.

During your Doctorate in Leadership Studies residency program, you will attend classes and activities during each semester with other members of your cohort. Our approach to residency is designed to help you build relationships with your peers, faculty and other professionals while, at the same time, offering a variety of options to accommodate busy work schedules.

Specialize in an area that interests you

The cognate portion of our Ed.D. program allows you to choose or build a specialization around an area of study that interests you. The cognate portion consists of a minimum of 15 semester hours and will help you become an expert in your area of interest. Our advisors can help you make sure the courses you choose line up with personal and professional goals.  

Course highlights

  • Becoming a Researcher
  • Quantitative Research Design
  • Qualitative Research Design
  • Human Capital and Public Policy
  • Leadership Theory
  • Organizational Behavior
  • And more

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this Ed.D. program, you will be better prepared for a variety of leadership studies jobs, including high-level administrative positions with P-12 schools, the government, colleges and universities, and certain private organizations. Our graduates have continued their careers in a variety of areas, including school superintendents in the public and private sectors, college deans and professors, and business executives. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, postsecondary education administrators earn a median salary of $86,490 per year in a field that’s growing faster than the average for all occupations.   

Get started today!

If you’re looking for doctoral programs in education, fill out the form above, email grad-admissions@ashland.edu or apply now!