Info Apply Share

Request Information

You need a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution to enroll in Adler University programs.

Okay

Online | Doctorate

Organizational Leadership (Ph.D.)

Program Overview

Program Overview

Adler University’s fully online Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership prepares students to become innovative and socially conscious leaders in both academic and professional settings. Students in the program explore solution-building for complex social challenges, gain an understanding of socially conscious organizational leadership, and learn how to critically analyze research and data for the strategic and ethical implementation of organizational or societal initiatives.

Our graduates will emerge with the skills to create engagement and empowerment, and to understand how to best support teams and other leaders.

Our program is designed with working professionals in mind and can be completed from anywhere in the world, without having to sacrifice the academic rigor and personalized attention that has characterized Adler University for more than 65 years.

Curriculum

Curriculum

The Online Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Organizational Leadership program is a 55 credit hour program that can be completed in as few as 3 years. The curriculum is designed to create stronger, well-rounded leaders through courses that cover subject matters ranging from communication strategies, to innovative leadership, to analyzing and interpreting research with the ability to understand findings within an ethical context. The program follows a scholar-practitioner model, incorporating real-world scenarios in which students can apply learnings directly to their current and future careers.

 

Requisite Coursework

Applicants are expected to have adequate coursework in the areas listed below. Applicants who did not graduate from Adler University’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership or an equivalent program will be assessed to determine whether they have adequate coursework in the following master’s-level course areas, with a letter grade of B or better. Students who have not completed prerequisite coursework will need to complete additional master’s-level courses within the first two course periods of the doctoral program.

  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Research Methods (3 credits)
  • Leadership & Management Philosophies (3 credits)
  • Organizational Culture & Design (3 credits)
Core Coursework
  • Contemporary Perspectives in Organizational Leadership Theory (3 credits)
  • Followership (3 credits)
  • Advanced Group Dynamics (3 credits)
  • Organizational Culture and Climate (3 credits)
  • Advanced Leadership Communication Strategies (3 credits)
  • Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues (3 credits)
  • Diversity and Inclusion (3 credits)
  • Leading Innovation (3 credits)
  • Advanced Research Methods & Design: Qualitative Methods (3 credits)
  • Advanced Research Methods: Quantitative Methods (3 credits)
  • Analyzing & Interpreting Research (3 credits)
  • Socially Responsible Practice Seminar (1 credits)
  • Social Justice Practicum I-IV (2 credits)
Electives
  • Advanced Performance Management & Feedback (3 credits)
  • Advanced Consulting Skills (3 credits)
  • Business & Government Policy (3 credits)
  • Advocacy Strategy & Tactics for Social Change (3 credits)
  • Human Resources Management (3 credits)
  • Building Agility and Resilience (3 credits)
  • Leadership Assessment & Feedback Coaching (3 credits)
  • Systems Thinking (3 credits)
  • Leading High Impact Teams (3 credits)
  • Innovation Process (3 credits)
  • Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
Social Justice Practicum

Social Justice Practicum

Doing is learning. A unique and proven program designed to give students real world experience throughout their time at Adler University, the Social Justice Practicum is a required 200-hour internship that spans four courses (or terms for online programs). Every student is given a number of civic-minded categories to choose from. They submit their desired areas of interest. After which, they are assigned a specific and aligned community outreach site where they will work 8 to 10 hours per week.

Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the program are prepared to become innovative leaders in both academic and professional settings. They will emerge with the skills to create engagement and empowerment, and to understand how to best support teams and other leaders. Careers can include:

  • Management Consultant
  • Organizational Development Consultant
  • Leadership and Management Coaching
  • Chief of Staff
  • Executive Administrator
  • Vice President of Human Resources
  • Vice Presidents / C-Suite Positions
Careers

(Coming Soon)

Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements

Applicants to this program are required to have:

  • A master’s degree, by the date of matriculation, in industrial and organizational psychology, psychology, business, or a related discipline. Applicants who did not graduate from Adler University’s Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology or an equivalent program may be required to complete the equivalency requirements in addition to the doctoral curriculum. (See Program Requisites below.)
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) in their master’s degree. Successful applicants typically have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale for graduate-level coursework.
  • Two letters of recommendation from an individual who can speak to the applicant’s likelihood of success in a doctoral program.*
  • A writing sample (e.g., a publication, report, or an essay or paper previously submitted as an assignment).
  • An admissions interview.

*Applicants who are graduates or current students, in good standing, from Adler University master’s degree programs may have one letter of recommendation, the writing sample, and/or interview waived.

Program Requisites
Applicants are expected to have adequate coursework in the areas listed below. Applicants who did not graduate from Adler University’s Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology or an equivalent program will be assessed to determine whether they have adequate coursework in the following master’s-level course areas, with a letter grade of B or better. Students who need to complete additional master’s-level courses, will need to do so within the first five course periods of the doctoral program.

Online Learning Format

Online Learning Format

Adler University approaches online learning with the same commitment to academic excellence and student support that has been the hallmark of our 65-year history. Our innovative online graduate courses deliver an engaging, interactive learning experience designed to accommodate your busy schedule.

Online learning offers a great deal of independence and flexibility, but that doesn’t mean that you’re alone. Our online student body is supported by the same administrative and academic staff who serve our on-campus students. Your instructors are also available to answer your questions, provide more information, and connect you with additional resources to help you succeed. In addition, your cohort classmates will be a source of ongoing support and collaboration as you progress through your degree program, and well after graduation.

Change the World From
Anywhere in the World

You may have a fulltime job, family obligations or other things that command your attention. We get it. That said, you have a passion to make the world a better place. We have online programs that are crafted and curated to give you skills to make it happen.

No matter where in the world or in life you are.

Adler is a tight knit community of radical thinkers and doers. Know, that as an online student, you are not alone. You are one of us. The work you will be asked to do, will be the same as every other Adler student. The skills you will learn will be just as powerful. And the degree you will recieve, will speak just as loudly.

Take the next step

Explore More

Why Study Organizational Leadership?

Adler University is offering two new Online Campus programs focused on helping students develop strong skills to appraise, understand, and lead an organization.

Learn More

Adler University Welcomes Inaugural Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion

Tamara A. Johnson, Ph.D., joined Adler University as its first Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion on July 1.

Learn More

Dr. Coleman Featured on Illinois Public Radio Show

Samantha Coleman, Ph.D., Online Campus core faculty, was interviewed on The 21st, a talk show on Illinois Public Radio.

Learn More