PhD in Leadership

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Doctorate in Leadership Overview


Alliant International University’s California School of Management and Leadership (CSML) and its California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) have partnered to create the Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Degree Program — a comprehensive lineup of theoretical, strategic, and organizational studies within a multitude of disciplines. 

This PhD organizational leadership program helps you define your leadership philosophy, prepares you to take the reins within the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and helps you become the agent of change you want to be, wherever your path takes you. As a student of our PhD program, you will be set up for success and you will learn essential leadership skills that will help you reach your personal and professional goals. 

If you're ready to earn your higher education degree in leadership theory, our university will teach you the skills you need for your future career. Whether you choose our in-person or online program, we can guarantee that you'll be studying applicable core courses through a challenging curriculum that’s taught by our top faculty members. 

At Alliant International University, we provide our students with the skills, knowledge, and confidence they'll need when taking on leadership roles in the future. If you are a prospective student searching for a respected and accredited graduate school, you’ve come to the right place. Learn more about our leadership studies program and concurring coursework today. 


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Doctorate in Leadership Degree Highlights


Hands-on Training

Your internship and practicum — both a key part of your leadership doctoral program — can be done as projects in a variety of methods, including your current workplace, in a format with remote, online engagement designed for the working professional. 


Executive-in-Residence Program

Over the course of the PhD in Leadership program, you will have the opportunity to take part in a six-month executive-in-residence mentorship program where you will be matched with an executive mentor to offer invaluable professional development, along with networking opportunities.


Accelerated Timeline

An accelerated timeline allows for the PhD Leadership Studies program to be completed in three to four years. You will begin with two years of coursework, and move on to your dissertation research, which typically takes one to two years to complete.

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“Studying at Alliant connects you to a supportive research/scholar community that values diversity and inclusion.”
Leila Naderi
PhD in Leadership Alumna

Degree Information



Alliant International University’s California School of Management and Leadership (CSML) is pleased to announce it has received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for its Leadership PhD programs, Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), MBA, BS in Business Administration (BSBA) degree, and  MS in Data Analytics programs.

ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes offered within CSML’s programs meet the rigorous educational standards established by said accrediting body, which is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education across the country. ACBSP’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize teaching excellence through its recognition of business education programs throughout the world.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the career outlook for graduates of the PhD in Leadership degree program?

    The degree program will afford its graduates a strong career outlook. The three primary fields that graduates of this program enter into—Human Resource Management, Training and Development, and Post-secondary Teaching—all show good growth rates into 2024 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with 9%, 7%, and 13%, respectively.

  • What kind of job can I expect to get with this degree?

    In addition to the three career fields mentioned above, our graduates have a bevy of career options available to them because of the wide-ranging applications of the curriculum. Graduates can often find themselves in an educational leadership or an organizational leadership role. Some of these other career options include: school principal, management analyst, executive positions such as CEO and CIO, medical and health services, conflict resolution, sales management, and entrepreneurship, just to name a few.

  • What should I expect the dissertation process to be like?

    The dissertation process for the doctorate in Leadership program will occupy the final two years of your curriculum. Starting in your 11th term, you will first begin your dissertation work while completing your Leadership Internship. Then from your 12th term, through your final 18th term, you will focus solely on the research, development, and completion of your dissertation before its ultimate presentation before an academic review board. The dissertation process accounts for 12 of the 60 credits in this program, and is done at the rate of a single dissertation class per term, starting at Term 11.

  • What scholarship and financial aid options are available to me?

    Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education. Alliant International University is pleased to be able to offer a significant number of institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.

  • When does the PhD in Leadership degree program start?

    The program is offered as an 8-week term program and is open for enrollment during each of those respective enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our 8-week term academic calendar here.

  • How long does it take to complete the degree program?

    The doctorate degree is a 60-credit program and takes a minimum of 3 years to complete, across 18 terms.


Degree Campus Locations

This Doctorate Degree in Leadership program is waiting for you to make your impact at our college campus in San Diego, California. Click the image to learn more about the campus, and what specific Californian wonders there are to explore.


Online Programs

Get the Alliant experience on your own schedule by learning through an online program. See the variety of core courses Alliant offers, and transform your leadership education into impact.

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Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.



With a focus on hands-on practice, technological innovation, and a global outlook—CSML is where the world meets you in your classroom.


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