Doctorate in Leadership

Two schools, one powerful program.PhD in Organizational Leadership degree program

The California School of Management and Leadership and the California School of Professional Psychology came together to create the Doctorate in Leadership offered at Alliant International University’s San Diego campus.

The result? A comprehensive lineup of courses that include theoretical, strategic, and organizational studies within a multitude of disciplines. Key principles of organizational psychology examine values and behaviors at the individual level. Aspects of international relations give insight into macro cross-border issues. In-depth research into business theories offers understanding into situational leadership needs. And your final dissertation will bring it all together.

The Doctorate in Leadership program helps you define your own leadership philosophy, preparing you to take the reins within the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Upon graduation from the PhD in Leadership program, opportunity exists wherever you seek to make change— be that within executive management, postsecondary education, industry analysis, organization development, or wherever your path may take you.

And, while your impact may look different, every student will leave Alliant with this: knowing what it means to lead, how to apply that in any industry, and how you can make an impact in your communities and the world beyond.

Schedules Tailored For Working Professionals

Alliant International University’s PhD in Leadership program is designed for full-time professionals. Classes take in a face-to-face environment and they also have online course components. This format promotes the exchange of ideas and experiences you’ve had throughout the work week.

Our PhD in Leadership program has an accelerated timeline which allows for all 60 units 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. Six units of internship and practicum training emphasize application and hands-on experience. With an ideal balance of research and application, this program prepares you to develop a strong dissertation that you can directly apply to your day-to-day professional life.

The demands a student faces at any point in their educational career are great. This is especially true for students in our Leadership program. That’s why we implemented a unique aspect of this program to not only alleviate some stress but also help our students formulate viable dissertations.

In your first year, you begin work on your dissertation. You will also be connected with a faculty mentor and dissertation supervisor from the start. Built into the duration of the program are four dissertation courses with supportive research labs. This allows you to have more time to consider topics and, most importantly, your education can shape your final dissertation in direct, impactful ways.

The Alliant Choice

We don’t take it lightly when a student chooses us for their education. Making Alliant International University your home means choosing more than just a school. It means choosing quality, from faculty to finish.

Learning at Alliant is not just about coursework, though that’s paramount. It’s not just about internships, though they’re vital. The greatness of an institution of higher education can be found in the harmonious balance of both scholarship and hands-on training. It’s also found in those you are learning with, learning from, and how you will transform your education into impact.

In our interconnected world, homogeny has been replaced with heterogeneity. At Alliant, it’s not about “fitting in,” because there is no one way to be. Our student body is uniquely diverse, they come from a world of backgrounds and they’ve all had a unique experience. Your exposure to this wealth of diverse experiences will help shape you into a more culturally- refined individual, while still sharing the one thing that all of our students have in common: A desire to better the world.

Helpful. Supportive. Open. These are just some of the ways our staff has been described by students. From application to graduation, we are here to help you succeed. And our faculty? They’re some of the best in their field, working professionals who are not only intimately familiar with changing trends but are often the ones making change happen.

We know that everyone has a unique story and situation. That is why we tailor our programs to fit the needs of first-time freshmen and transfer students alike. We firmly believe that education should be accessible to all. Alliant will meet you right where you are. Right when you need us.

Take the Next Step toward Leadership

Interested in learning more about our PhD in Leadership program? If you have any questions or are ready to get started, contact an Admissions Counselor today at 1-866-825-5426.