Jun 15, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2023-2024 
Academic Catalog 2023-2024

School of Leadership Studies

The School of Leadership Studies (SLS) offers a multidisciplinary path to scholarship for professionals who want to expand their knowledge, improve their research skills, and create a more reflective practice. Guided by principles of social responsibility, the School of Leadership emphasizes a scholar-practitioner model of engaged learning and develops leaders who are agents of change in their own communities and across the globe. Our students learn to understand, evaluate, and change conditions in the world that are responsible for social and ecological injustices. Through collaborative and customized programs, you can acquire the skills and knowledge you need to implement meaningful change where you live and work. 

Our programs cater to the diverse life experiences, learning styles, and complex schedules of adult learners. Our students and alumni use their degrees as consultants, educators, and professional to inform relevant action and discover theoretical insights in support of a more just and equitable world. 

Doctoral Degrees

  • Our Doctor of Education  provides doctoral level research and practice through both structured group classes and independent study in a collaborative environment.
  • Doctoral degree programs with pathway master’s degrees awarded along the way in Human Development   and Organizational Development & Change  combine individual mentoring, small group study, localized seminars, and conference-based workshops to support scholarly research.

Optional Concentrations

Students in our SLS doctoral programs can complete their electives using any of the electives offered by the above doctorates, as well as structure their elective choices to complete specific concentrations in:

  • Coaching
  • Community College Leadership for Change
  • Creative Longevity & Wisdom
  • Dual Language
  • Inclusive Leadership for Social Justice
  • Leadership of Higher Education Systems
  • Media, Technology, & Innovation
  • Organization Development
  • Somatics, Phenomenology & Communicative Leadership
  • Sustainability Leadership

Master’s Degree


Certificate Programs

Graduate certificate programs link practical theories with immediately applicable tools. Our certificate programs include:


Evidence Based Coaching Program



Human Development/Organizational Development and Change Program



Leadership for Change Program



Organizational Development & Leadership Program