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Organizational Learning and Leadership

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Online
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  • Program Overview

    The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Organizational Learning and Leadership degree is offered in an ONLINE modality with the following requirements:

    • Weekly Classes - The Ph.D. program requires that all students participate in evening courses at a set time each week.  Students can join through a virtual live stream or on campus in Erie, PA.
    • Summer Residency - The Ph.D. program requires that all students participate in a live face-to-face course for one week each summer in Erie, PA.  During the first year this course will be in August, and during years two and three this course will be in June

    The Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Learning and Leadership degree was founded on an interdisciplinary model that integrates two major areas of theory and practice: learning and leadership. Program participants will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively in complex learning organizations. The program is designed to prepare practitioners to better analyze data, conduct research, solve problems and enhance the effectiveness of their organizations.

    You will Experience

    • An academically rigorous program flexibly designed around the required 66 credits
    • The opportunity for transfer credit from previous graduate work
    • A Ph.D. program designed for the working professional with a combination of weeknight, face-to-face, and online classes
    • Three years of academic classes in a prescribed format of 2 classes in the fall, 2 in the spring, and one in early summer.  Dissertation starts during year 2 of the program.

    You will achieve

    • Improved collegiality, teamwork, and development and sharing of knowledge which set the foundation for this interdisciplinary program  
    • Research experience in areas based in Organizational Learning and Leadership principles but practical to areas related to your work and/or interest in areas such as global affairs, public service, public administration, nonprofit and public sector management or administration, and government.
    • A dissertation founded in academic or applied research
    • Academic growth and career opportunities that will open unexpected doors 
    • Opportunities for professional publishing and conference presentations during your studies
    • Doctorate completion in as little as 4 years

    You will study

    • Leadership Theory
    • Learning Theory
    • Implications to your current job
    • Organizational theory and leadership
    • Qualitative Research
    • Quantitative Research

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Provide the working professional with the knowledge, skills and understanding to lead his or her organization in adapting, evolving and learning in an ever-changing environment
  • Provide the participant with a breadth of knowledge to facilitate examination of issues or opportunities from diverse social systemic and individual level perspectives
  • Provide the participant with the opportunity to develop an ability to identify creative and innovative responses to the issues and opportunities within their profession and their organization
  • Facilitate the development of advanced analytical and problem solving techniques that are grounded in sound research