Breathe New Life into Your Career with an Advanced Degree in Organizational Leadership
If you’re eager to learn and grow as a professional, practitioner and scholar; advance in your field, learn from leadership experts; and transform your abilities an ethically-grounded leader, our low-residency Doctor of Professional Studies: Organizational Leadership is made for you.
You and program faculty will develop a highly individualized program of study designed to achieve the outcomes you seek as you apply your leadership studies to a concentration of your choice.
Our program is perfect for working professionals. You’ll engage in your studies independently, guided by faculty with expertise in your field, and in collaboration with fellow learners. You’ll come to campus at the beginning and end of each fall and spring semester, and for two week-long summer residencies.
Most of our students come from human services and public sector organizations, higher education, public safety/security, and nontraditional developmental programs and organizations.
What you learn as you grow as a scholar-leader will change the way you see and think about the world. As a Shenandoah D.Prof. student, you’ll
- Study with working professionals like you who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and career fields and who communicate and learn in diverse ways
- Draw on a rich well of experience
- Delve into the issues closest to you and apply theory and practical learning to create and implement innovative, inspiring solutions
- Craft purposeful, professional inquiry that significantly contributes to your career field
- Learn how to make a real difference in the communities and organizations you serve.
This link between your professional work and study makes our program both practical and meaningful. In our program, you’ll enhance your skill set through the greater understanding of the theory and practice of organizing to make better decisions; learn more about what motivates others; explore theories systematically, thoughtfully, and deeply; and apply what you’ve discovered in your daily work life.
The Doctor of Professional Studies program requires at least 60 credits of coursework completed in two 15-week semesters over three academic years (plus two week-long Summer Residencies [2 credits each] within the three academic year enrollment).
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Our program will advance your professional practice by building on a foundation of critical thinking, social analysis, evidence-based practices, professional and social ethics, and organizational and leadership theory. We encourage you to create original knowledge for your profession through research and projects undertaken during the program.
We seek to create an intentional learning community. This functions as an intellectual collaborative where diversity and divergence of perspective are critical to developing the ability to think clearly and deeply. We use a learner-centered environment that research has identified to be successful.
The concentration requirement may be met in several different ways. You can design your own concentration using coursework approved by your advisor; you can use one of Shenandoah University’s professional certificate programs (leading to two credentials when you finish); you can use courses or graduate certificates offered at another accredited university. If you already hold a graduate certificate from an accredited college or university, that may satisfy the concentration requirement (consult with your advisor).
The design flexibility in your program allows for optimal learning in your specific area of interest, leveraging your professional expertise to encourage linkages to theory and reflective practice.
Outcomes may include projects that have a direct impact on identifying emerging issues in your profession, issues of policy and programming, and the skills to develop change initiatives, find solutions to workplace problems and the needs to shift organizational strategy.
Alumni of our program have assumed leadership positions in higher education (faculty and administration); NGOs; local, state, and federal government; and as consultants and organizational developers.
Our program is organized around a core of leadership and research courses. Our doctoral faculty works closely and collaboratively with you to create an environment that is both challenging and supportive. You benefit from Shenandoah University’s low faculty-student ratios.
Foundations of Study in Organizational Leadership: Applications and Research
|LST 845||Organizational Change and Transformation Analysis and Leadership||4|
|LST 830||Quantitative and Qualitative Research in Understanding the Field||4|
|LST 840||Applying Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods in Understanding the Field||4|
|LST 855||Synthesis and Integration of Content||4|
|LST 890||Proposing Capstone Research||3|
Doctoral Summer Residencies (2)
|2 each = 4|
|LST 899||Capstone||Minimum 15|
|Concentration||12 credits (individualized) plus LST 693/694 Directed Study (total 6 credits)||18|
Our ability to draw from a range of courses across the university allows you to design a concentration that is inter- and trans-disciplinary. The capstone is theory-driven and is expected to contribute broadly and significantly to your profession both in theory and practice.
You can design your own concentration using coursework approved by your advisor. If you already hold a graduate certificate from an accredited college or university, that may satisfy the concentration requirement (consult with your advisor). Or you can use one of Shenandoah University’s professional certificate programs (leading to two credentials when you finish); you can use courses or graduate certificates offered at another accredited university. The graduate certificates below are suggestions and are not necessarily exclusive of all opportunities:
- Applied Behavior Analysis
- Artist Diploma
- Business Analytics
- Church Music
- Digital Marketing
- Esports Management
- Healthcare Management
- Music Therapy
- Nurse Midwifery
- Nurse Midwifery Initiative
- Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner
- Nursing Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner
- Nursing Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner Initiative
- Performing Arts Health & Fitness
- Performing Arts Medicine
- Population Health
- Public Health
Our accomplished and caring faculty serve as mentors. They prepare you to serve as a compassionate professional, critical thinker, and ethical leader. You’ll benefit from collaborative learning opportunities that create environments where all participants are teachers and learners, providing individualized attention and nurturing your academic and professional development.
John R. Goss, III
Professor, Research, Organizational & Leadership StudiesFull Biography
Adjunct, Assistant ProfessorFull Biography
Shenandoah University’s Doctor of Professional Studies program accepts applications for both Fall and Spring enrollments. Required materials include an essay (5 pages maximum) that details what you wish to study on the program (your specific interests). This is a very important essay and you are encouraged to take the time needed to fully articulate your interests. The required interview may help you better frame this essay; contacting the program head and scheduling the interview in advance of submitting the essay is advised.
Please view application deadlines and submit your Shenandoah Application.