- To develop at the doctoral level a cadre of talented leaders who aspire to or currently hold positions with leadership responsibilities in educational, community or corporate organizations.
- To develop individuals who are capable of analyzing and evaluating various leadership theories and their relevance to existing and emerging research findings.
- To make substantive contributions to the body of knowledge in executive educational, community and corporate leadership.
- To advance the capabilities of individuals to critically analyze research findings and their implications for leaders within organizational contexts.
- To develop professionals who are capable of visionary leadership in generating institutional and social policies that acknowledge and respond to the contributions of diversity.
- To enhance the ability of individuals to critically examine ethical issues that impact leaders within an increasingly complex and pluralistic global environment.
- To promote social justice and social responsibility as a leader by increasing understanding of policies, legal constraints, and socioeconomic conditions that contribute to social, economic and political inequities and impact on organizations.
- To have students make scholarly contributions to their area of concentration through original research that focuses on either advanced qualitative or quantitative methods.
The goal of the program in Leadership leading to a Doctor of Philosophy is to provide an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary focus that requires a critical examination of contemporary theories of leadership, within a value based framework. The program demands academic rigor that engages students in the systematic analysis of research and current theories of leadership; it will also prepare individuals to contribute to the knowledge of leadership and function as agents of change in a contemporary and diverse society.