Strategic Leadership and Administrative Studies Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Ph.D. in Strategic Leadership and Administrative Studies | Reap College of Professional Studies

Lead the Way with an Online PhD in Strategic Leadership & Administrative Studies

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 lifestyles, while also providing a cutting-edge, innovative, and cost-effective quality education. Our outstanding and experienced faculty, including Fulbright Scholars, uses dynamic teaching methods designed for learning adults and effective graduate studies.

  • Completely online with full- or part-time options.
  • Outstanding and experienced faculty, including Fulbright Scholars
  • Open enrollment throughout the academic year

Established in 1996, Marywood's doctoral program is completely online with an executive-type curriculum structured for the development of strategic leadership and administrative skills in interdisciplinary research-oriented doctoral studies.

Our Ph.D. program prepares students to address the most complex challenges of the modern era 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)

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Top Employers

  • Technology Companies
  • Consulting Firms
  • Automotive Manufacturers
  • Universities

Top Career Paths

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Training/Development Manager
  • Business Professor
  • Education Administrator

Dig Deeper Into the Program Details

  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

The program is only 60 credit hours and consists of 15 courses, 2 seminars, and 9 dissertation credits. Up to 12 eligible master-level credits are considered for transfer. 

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Credit Transfer Policy

The PhD program in Strategic Leadership and Administrative Studies (SLAS) accepts the transfer of qualified master-level credits to the program as electives. The following conditions must apply:

    1. Up to 12 graduate credits (4 eligible courses) from an accredited institution can be transferred to the program.
    2. A student must be enrolled in the program before applying for credit transfer and all credit transfer applications must be approved by the Program Director.
    3. Transferred credits must be related to the program's field of study. Practicum, field-studies, internships, and clinical courses are not considered.
    4. Grade of any transferred course must be B or higher.
    5. All approved transferred credits will be accepted as electives.

Even though the program is online, for those that would like, faculty is on camps for your needs. You also have access to all the services and campus amenities, so we hope to see you around campus!


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The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, located on the corner of University and North Washington Avenues, contains classrooms and related clinical/professional space for Communication Sciences and Disorders, Psychology and Counseling, Education, and Business students. Market Marywood is also located here.

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Fulbright Program

Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. The flagship international educational program sponsored by the U.S. Government, the Fulbright Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and the people other countries.

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Teaching Faculty

Dr. Stanley Kania

Dr. Phil Jenkins

Dr. Christina Brundage

Dr. Lia Palimiter

Dr. Amy Paciej-Woodruff

Dr. Deborah Hokien

Dr. Matthew Caputo

Dr. Caroline Millen

Selected Dissertation Faculty

(Dissertation Committee Chairs, Committee Members, Dissertation Readers)

Dr. Jennifer Barna Dr. Stanley Kania Dr. Karen Rich
Dr. Helen Battisti Dr. Diane Keller Dr. Patrick Seffrin
Dr. Joe Behun Sister Angela Kim Dr. Robert Shaw
Dr. Marie Bonavoglia Dr. Monica Law Dr. Adam Shiprintzen
Dr. Tammy Brown Dr. Douglas Lawrence Dr. Sunny Sinha
Dr. Christina Brundage Dr. Alan Levine Dr. Chris Speicher
Dr. Stephen Burke Dr. Lloyd Lyter Dr. Kielty Turner
Dr. Matthew Caputo  Dr. Lia Palmiter Dr. Alex Vari
Dr. Arthur Comstock Sister Joan McCusker Dr. Bruce Wisenburn
Dr. Deborah Hokien Dr. Caroline Millen Dr. Amy Paciej-Woodruff
Dr. Lynn Hutchings Dr. Tracie Pasold Dr. Frances Zauhar
Dr. Phil Jenkins Dr. LoriAnn Pajalich Dr. Renee Zehel
Dr. Mona Griffer Dr. Vijay Ramchandra Dr. Mary Ann Zimmer

From #DayOne, Marywood is here for you each step of the way.