Leadership Studies

The doctoral program in leadership studies prepares tomorrow’s leaders to solve societal challenges through the study of theoretical and practical knowledge in leadership studies. Through its commitment to civic engagement, transformative research and creative scholarship, the program produces critically minded scholars who are social justice advocates capable of transforming organizations to maximize human potential.

Degree Offered: Ph.D.

Application Deadline: January 15 (for Fall admission)

Admission Requirements:

  • Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), or Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
  • Three additional professional letters of recommendation from professors or employers. The recommendation letters should be submitted by the same individuals who complete the recommendation form included in the standard Graduate College application.
  • A current resume or curriculum vita
  • Statement of Purpose: In two double-spaced pages explain how earning a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies fits in with your academic/professional and personal goals; describe one or two of the key research topics that you may want to investigate as part of your research agenda; and discuss a key leadership lesson you have learned from your leadership experiences within or outside your profession.
  • Master's or J.D. from a college or university recognized by a regional or general accrediting agency.
  • Minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) in all graduate coursework.
  • At least five years of professional work experience at the executive or managerial level
  • Interview: After initial review of all applications, the most qualified candidates will be invited for a group interview with the Leadership Studies faculty.



Contact Information

College of Education
Department of Leadership Studies and Adult Education

Graduate Coordinator: Sydney Richardson
Phone: (336) 334-7771

Department Chair: Geleana Alston
Phone: (336) 282-2510

Program Website