2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    May 16, 2022  
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership


School: California School of Management and Leadership

Modality(ies): On-ground, hybrid

Calendar(s): 8-week term

CIP Code: 52.0213

Program Description/Overview


This is a multidisciplinary program designed to develop and prepare students for a role in leadership. The program trains professionals, practitioners, researchers, and facilitators of learning who can apply their knowledge to developing leadership at all levels in any organization in any part of the world.

This program for experienced professionals and leaders who would like to progress to a higher level in their careers and in their own knowledge and expertise. The program follows a professional practice model, emphasizing core competencies that integrate theory, research, and practice in training leaders for local and global careers. Students are rigorously trained in applying leadership knowledge base to practice. Throughout the program students are expected to learn, to apply, and to teach in order to make a difference in a world desperately in need of qualified leaders and of widely diffused leadership.

In addition to becoming thoroughly grounded in the theory, students go through a series of courses that allow them to assess and create a development plan for their own leadership capabilities in a coaching model format of teaching and learning. Students are also required to complete practicum courses that allow them to apply the knowledge and models that they gained in the program.

This program has a strong focus on diversity and on international competencies, with professors and students having diverse backgrounds and coming from different countries. Cohorts in the program include accomplished professionals who are working in successful positions, some with international backgrounds and several are former US military. This creates a network of professionals that enhances life-long career opportunities of the graduates. Many of our students publish, either writing books or conference papers or journal articles which further enhances their professional stature.

It is expected that this program will take a minimum of three (3) years full-time study, however, a more practical time frame is four (4) years if students are not able to take classes full time when offered.

Emphasis/Concentration/Tracks


Fast Track Program from MBA to PhD in Leadership

If students enroll in the MBA program with concentration on Leadership and Management at Alliant International University, they will be able to take up to 9 units of bridge courses in the PhD in Leadership program as part of their master program upon approval. They can transfer these bridge courses with a B or above grade into their PhD in Leadership program.

Program Learning Outcomes/Goals


Overarching Program Goals

  1. Academic Goals: Through a thorough grounding in established and emerging leadership theory and practice, training in research methodology, participation in the collective doctoral community learning experiences, the doctoral students will successfully create new knowledge in the field of leadership studies and disseminate that knowledge through a published dissertation. This kind of new knowledge creation meets the academic research competency requirements of a PhD and also develops the conceptual skills that are necessary for executive-level leadership within organizations.
  2. Applied or Practitioner Goals: This doctoral program also puts emphasis on applied and practitioner aspects of leadership. Authentic and mindful leadership, increased insight into the many dimension of leadership, and the formulation of a personal philosophy of leadership are taught in the program.  In addition, the two Practicum courses provide an opportunity for students to apply their leadership knowledge and skills to solving problems in the context on an organization in a global context. These applied and practitioner goals will help to further the leadership career aspirations of our doctoral students.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply knowledge of leadership theories, research methods, and research design to evaluate literature or conduct original research to advance the field of leadership.
  2. Apply leadership theory to initiate transformative solutions and propose opportunities for improvement in a global organizational context.
  3. Choose culturally appropriate communication and build productive relationships with people of diverse cultural and international backgrounds.
  4. Value greater self-awareness regarding personal strengths and areas for development to enhance leadership competencies.
  5. Create new knowledge through critical evaluation and relevant application of leadership theories and communicate it with clarity and impact utilizing written and oral communication channels.
  6. Develop a set of ethical standards and model them in decision-making in the practice of leadership with colleagues, other students, and the general public in a local and global environment.
  7. Demonstrate a strategic leadership approach with an emphasis on successful completion of tasks in virtual, cross-functional, and/or interdisciplinary teams.

Training Model


The program is designed to provide a multidisciplinary and global perspective for managers and leaders to improve their practical and theoretical capabilities to create new knowledge and apply leadership to create innovation and solve problems in organizations in the 21st century.

The program encourages an interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary approach integrating theories and insights principally from Business and Psychology. The program prepares students for executive positions in leadership; leadership consulting, or academic positions in teaching, research or administration in Higher Education institutions.

The two focus areas:

  1. Research (evolving and new theories and models): A major part of the curriculum and doctoral experience, supported by 60 units of course work, focuses on core leadership concepts, research methods, and methodology.

  2. Application: The second focus of the curriculum is on application. It is supported by 12 units of course work including practicums and/or internships.

Programmatic Accreditation


The program is accredited by Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), which is a globally recognized accreditation body for business and management area programs.

Internship, Practicum, and/or Dissertation Information


Students are required to participate in two internship courses as part of their learning experience within the program. The internship is designed to develop professional practice related skills in student’s area of interest through a variety of work experiences which could involve independently conducted projects or an internship in professional and organization settings which include their own workplace. There are also two practicums designed to provide students with in depth supervised practical learning experiences. If a student is unable to secure a practicum site, another option such as a project will be made available to them to ensure they meet the course requirements through an applied project designed with the instructor. The internship required may be prior to one academic year in the program. As a result, international students completing the internship series prior to one (1) academic year should contact the International Students Office for details and specialized requirements.

Credit Units


Total Credit Units: 60

Total Core Credit Units: 60

Total Elective Credit Units: N/A

Total Concentration Credit Units: N/A

Degree Requirements


A comprehensive exam (project) is required to ensure qualified doctoral candidacy.

Curriculum Plan


The following curriculum plan is a sample and serves only as a general guide. Curriculum plans and course sequence are subject to variation depending on a student’s start term. Students must complete all coursework required for their program as set forth in their individual master plan of study.

8-Week Calendar


Term 1 (6 units)


Term 3 (4.5 units)


Term 4 (4.5 units)


Term 11 (1.5 units)


Term 12 (1.5 units)


Term 13 (1.5 units)


Term 14 (1.5 units)


Term 15 (1.5 units)


Term 16 (1.5 units)


Term 17 (1.5 units)


Term 18 (1.5 units)