2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    May 27, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Leadership Studies, PhD

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The Ph.D. in Leadership Studies program at California Baptist University is designed to equip candidates with scholarly perspectives to study, research, teach, and practice exemplary leadership in complex environments so as to optimize organizational outcomes.  Created for the working adult, the Ph.D. program offers multiple options for learning and engagement. Candidates can elect to take classes face-to-face at CBU campus and/or online with synchronous and asynchronous options. Multidisciplinary perspectives are presented in core classes as candidates explore similar issues under the guidance of experienced faculty. Candidates pursue elective classes to focus learning in fields most applicable to their interests. Each year, candidates will participate in a five-day summer residency to engage in shared experiential learning opportunities with each other, program faculty and other leadership professionals. The summer residence takes place mid-June on the California Baptist University campus in Riverside, California. The Ph.D. in Leadership Studies is designed so that leaders may be equipped with the vision necessary to make the right things happen the right way on the path to optimizing institutional performance and outcomes.

Additional Admissions Requirements

Admission standards for graduate studies at California Baptist University can be found in the admissions section of the UniveCatalog.  In addition, each candidate must meet the following requirements for this program:

  • Prerequisite
    • Statistics (This must be completed within the first two semesters of the program)
  • In place of a written statement of purpose, write a professional essay addressing the following:
    • Please address why you want to study leadership at the Ph.D. level and your reason(s) for choosing a Ph.D. program over other doctoral degree types in leadership studies such as an Ed.D., D.Min. or DPLS (Doctorate Program in Leadership Studies).
    • Please identify a general area of interest(s) for your dissertation research, knowing that it can change as you progress through the program.

Program Requirements (58 units)

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