Coursework

Required Courses (39 credits)

All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted 

Foundational Courses

  • DPLS 700: Leadership Theory
  • DPLS 701: Organizational Theory
  • DPLS 703: Global Issues & Policy Analysis

Research Courses

  • DPLS 720: Principles of Research (Prerequisite for DPLS 722 and DPLS 723)
  • DPLS 722: Quantitative Data Analysis
  • DPLS 723: Qualitative Research Theory & Design
  • DPLS 730: Proposal Seminar 
  • DPLS 735: Proposal Defense (1 credit)
  • DPLS 736: Dissertation (5 credits)

Ethics Courses

Students are required to take at least one ethics course for 3 credits:

  • DPLS 745: Leadership & Personal Ethics
  • DPLS 746: Leadership & Applied Ethics
  • DPLS 748: Leadership & Feminist Ethics
  • DPLS 749: Leadership & Eco Ethics

Contemporary Leadership Studies Courses

Students are required to take a minimum of 3 courses for 9 credits:

  • DPLS 706: Leadership & Diversity
  • DPLS 708: Leadership, Forgiveness, & Restorative Justice* (Servant Leadership focus)
  • DPLS 716: Social Construction of Leadership
  • DPLS 728: Conceptual Framework & Research Design
  • DPLS 741: The Art & Practice of Dialogue
  • DPLS 756: Leadership & Psychology
  • DPLS 757: Power & Influence in Leadership

     

    Elective Courses (21 credits)

    Includes Servant Leadership focus courses (noted with an asterisk), as well as any courses from the Contemporary Leadership Studies or Ethics sections once the credit requirement is fulfilled. Elective courses may change based on faculty availability, emergent topics, etc.

    • DPLS 705: Leadership & Social Justice 
    • DPLS 717: Leadership & Film 
    • DPLS 719: Emergent Organizational Change
    • DPLS 724: Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis
    • DPLS 743: Leadership & Consulting
    • DPLS 744: Leadership, Language, & Culture
    • DPLS 752: Leadership & History
    • DPLS 755: Leadership & Communications
    • DPLS 780: Servant Leadership* 
    • DPLS 781: Listen, Discern, Decide*
    • DPLS 782: Foresight & Strategy*
    • DPLS 783: Seminar in Servant Leadership (1 credit)*

    Independent Studies

    Students/candidates may take up to 12 credits of independent study. The student/candidate will be assigned a pre-candidacy advisor or dissertation chair, who will work with the student/candidate to set expectations and define deliverables for dissertation topic research.

    Mentorship or Internship

    Students/candidates may take up to 6 credits of mentorship or internship that enhances and relates to their DPLS coursework. Students/candidates must submit a proposal to their advisor/chair that describes the purpose of the mentorship or internship, identifies the mentor or organization, and defines deliverables. The proposal must be approved by the advisor/chair.

    Transfer Credits

    Students are allowed to transfer a maximum of 12 Ph.D. level credits from another institution to be applied as elective credits.

    Course Catalog & Descriptions

    All course descriptions may be found here.

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