Ph.D. in Strategic Leadership and Administrative Studies


"A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for." John A. Shedd University.

Welcome to the PhD Program in Strategic Leadership and Administrative Studies at Marywood University. Established in 1996, the program is structured as an interdisciplinary doctoral studies designed for professional adults who are seeking to further their education while advancing their careers, research skills and academic knowledge. The program combines faculty-mentored courses and individualized structured learning within an innovative interdisciplinary curriculum intended to train professionals from a wide range of fields and a variety of positions to accomplish their professional goals and be more effective as managers, administrators, researchers, and educators. The program is completely online, with an executive-type academic contents designed for understanding the dynamics of strategic leadership, management and administration as they relate to the students' own life experiences. Below are some of the reasons to consider the PhD Program in Strategic Leadership and Administrative Studies at Marywood University:

  • Accredited university.
  • Outstanding faculty of 10 teaching instructors and 42 dissertation advisors.
  • Host of the scholarly peer-review Journal of Applied Professional Studies (JAPS).
  • Cutting-edge, streamlined and dynamic interdisciplinary curriculum.
  • Only 60 credit hours consist of 15 courses, 2 seminars, and 9 dissertation credits.
  • Completely online.
  • Open enrollment throughout the academic year.
  • Full or part-time enrollment.
  • Free admissions.
  • No GRE or standardized tests required.
  • Sequential and asynchronous courses that follow a master course schedule.
  • Up to 12 eligible master-level credits are considered for transfer.
  • Cost effective.
  • Excellent advising.

Building on the sailing ship mantra, the program prepares students meet organizational challenges by embracing innovation and driving transformational change through successful, continuous, accountable, ethical and goal-driven performance. It uses a dynamic approach to articulate administrative and leadership skills necessary for advancement in professional organizations while combining the hallmarks of traditional doctorate studies through evidence-based research.                                                                                                                                        

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