Student Characteristics

The Strategic Leadership Doctorate is designed for a broad range of mid- and senior-career professionals. Eligibility requires a strong academic and professional background, and well-articulated objectives.  All admitted must have earned at least one master’s degree; several have also earned a doctoral degree.  All admitted must have completed at least seven years of full-time, management-level (or higher), professional work; most have more experience. 

We hold the premise that to develop into a Strategic Leader requires a transition from pedagogy to andragogy.  The premise of pedagogy (student learning) is that learning will occur through direct intervention by a teacher/professor whose job is to present information in controlled context.  We shift to andragogy (adult learning) which holds the premise that adult learners must be involved in the planning and evaluation of their instruction; experience, including mistakes, provides the basis for learning activities; adults are most interesting in learning subjects that have immediate relevance and impact to their professional and personal life; and adult learning is problem- and opportunity-centered rather than primarily content-oriented.  Therefore, our learners expect, assume, and are responsible for their learning.  Our faculty are facilitators who support and assist but do not direct or control learning.

Our community consists of more than 50 working practitioner-scholars with an average age of 45 years (range is 28 – 64 years).  Approximately 40% are women and 60% men; approximately 80% are domestic and 20% are from other countries.

All admitted learners must hold at least one graduate degree.  Approximately 35% hold an MBA and 65% hold other master and doctoral degree credentials including from Sociology; Teaching; Divinity; Counseling Education; College Student Affairs Administration; Organizational Dynamics; Biotechnology Management; Economics; Health Education and Administration; Human Resource Development; Mechanical Engineering; Nursing; Organizational Leadership/Professional Administration; Public Policy and Management; Systems Engineering; Strategic Leadership; Taxation; Urban Spatial Analytics; Social Work; Management of Technology and Innovation; and International Relations and Law.