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PhD in Strategic Leadership and Administrative Studies

PhD in Strategic Leadership and Administrative Studies

Features of Marywood’s Ph.D. Program in Strategic Leadership and Administrative Studies (SLAS):

  • Completely online with full- or part-time options.
  • Dynamic teaching methods designed for learning adults and effective graduate studies.
  • Students develop in-depth knowledge of administrative and leadership roles.
  • Outstanding and experienced faculty, including Fulbright Scholars.
  • Only 60 credit hours consists of 15 courses, 2 seminars, and 9 dissertation credits.
  • Up to 12 eligible master-level credits are considered for transfer. 
  • Open enrollment throughout the academic year.

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PhD in Strategic Leadership and Administrative Studies at Marywood

With an emphasis on applied and evidence-based research, the Ph.D. program in Strategic Leadership and Administrative Studies (SLAS) offers students an interdisciplinary doctoral program designed for professional adults by accommodating their contemporary busy lifestyle while providing cutting-edge, innovative and cost-effective quality education. A completely online program with executive-type curriculum structured for the development of strategic leadership and administrative skills in an interdisciplinary research-oriented doctoral studies.

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Faculty are drawn from across the University to teach in the program. Faculty from various departments serve as dissertation mentors, committee members, and readers and are involved in the Qualifying Seminar Experience.

Dr. Matthew Caputo

Dr. Deborah Hokien

Dr. Phil Jenkins

Dr. Stanley Kania

Dr. Alan Levine

Dr. Yerodin Lucas

Dr. Amy Paciej-Woodruff

Dr. Lia Palimiter

Our Ph.D. program prepares students to address the most complex challenges of the 21st Century and provide leadership in any professional setting, but a doctoral degree from Marywood is particularly useful in the areas of:

  • Institutions of higher education
  • Secondary institutions of education
  • City, county, state, and federal government 
  • Global governance
  • Nonprofit organizations 
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Secondary and higher education institutions
  • Police departments and federal law enforcement agencies
  • Relief agencies (local, county, and national levels)
  • Emergency response agencies (local, county, and national levels)

    Specific Program Requirements

    Admission to the Ph.D. Program in Strategic Leadership and Administrative Studies is based on open enrollment. The program seeks to attract a diverse student body, who manifest superior academic achievement, a sensitivity to research inquiry, and evidence of the potential for administrative leadership in their respective careers.

    Admissions Requirements:

    • A Master's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university.
    • An official graduate transcript from each college, university, and/or professional school attended. 
    • Two (2) letters of recommendation from course instructors and/or current supervisors addressing the applicant's qualifications for doctoral level work. 
    • A reflective essay of approximately 500 words addressing your professional goals and research interests and how they can be achieved in this program
    • A copy of your resume
    • No GRE or any other standardized tests are required.
    • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for international students. 

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