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Strategic Leadership and Administrative Studies Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Lead the Way with an Online Ph.D. in Strategic Leadership & Administrative Studies

With an emphasis on applied and evidence-based research, the Ph.D. in Strategic Leadership and Administrative Studies (SLAS) offers students an interdisciplinary doctoral program designed for professional adults by accommodating their contemporary busy lifestyles, while also providing a cutting-edge, innovative, and cost-effective quality education. Our outstanding and experienced faculty, including Fulbright Scholars, uses dynamic teaching methods designed for learning adults and effective graduate studies.

  • Completely online with full- or part-time options.
  • Outstanding and experienced faculty, including Fulbright Scholars
  • Open enrollment throughout the academic year

Established in 1996, Marywood's doctoral program is completely online with an executive-type curriculum structured for the development of strategic leadership and administrative skills in interdisciplinary research-oriented doctoral studies.

Pathway to Complete Your Doctorate in Strategic Leadership and Administrative Studies at Marywood University

If you have achieved all but your Dissertation (ABD), the Ph.D. Program in Strategic Leadership and Administrative Studies at Marywood University offers you a path to complete your doctoral program without retaking or repeating the courses that you have already taken either at Marywood University or any other accredited university, and regardless of when you have taken these courses. With all the time, money, and efforts you have dedicated to completing these courses, why not take just one last step with us and get your well-deserved doctoral degree?

Marywood University offers a fully online program with 9 credits and 9 online dissertation credits (a total of 18 credits). This pathway is specifically designed for career professionals who are seeking to complete their doctoral studies and earn their Ph.D. without taking time off from their careers. 

In as little as two years of study, you can add a “Ph.D.” to your list of professional accomplishments.

Support your personal growth and satisfaction, as well as your career accomplishments and professional aspirationsapply today to earn your well-deserved doctoral degree from an accredited, reputable university. 

Program of Study
SLAS 6002: Ethical Leadership (3 credits)
SLAS 6012: Pre-Dissertation Seminar (3 credits)
SLAS 6013: Qualifying Seminar (3 credits)
SLAS 7000: Dissertation (min of 9 credits)

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  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

The program is only 60 credit hours and consists of 15 courses, 2 seminars, and 9 dissertation credits. Up to 12 eligible master-level credits are considered for transfer. 

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Credit Transfer Policy

The Ph.D. program in Strategic Leadership and Administrative Studies (SLAS) accepts the transfer of qualified master-level credits to the program as electives. The following conditions must apply:

    1. Up to 12 graduate credits (4 eligible courses) from an accredited institution can be transferred to the program.
    2. A student must be enrolled in the program before applying for credit transfer and all credit transfer applications must be approved by the Program Director.
    3. Transferred credits must be related to the program's field of study. Practicum, field-studies, internships, and clinical courses are not considered.
    4. Grade of any transferred course must be B or higher.
    5. All approved transferred credits will be accepted as electives.

Even though the program is online, for those that would like to connect in person, faculty is on camps for your needs. You also have access to all the services and campus amenities, so we hope to see you around campus!

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Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. The flagship international educational program sponsored by the U.S. Government, the Fulbright Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and the people other countries.

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