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Faithfully Leading Organizations for the Common Good: Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership

July 18, 2023
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The Ph.D. in Leadership at Anderson University equips individuals for the highest level of scholarship and performance in diverse organizations.

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The increasing complexity of most organizations in a fast-changing world underscores a critical demand for attentive leaders who seek to serve beyond their own interests.

Mindful of this, Anderson University developed an innovative doctoral program aimed at preparing individuals to face the challenges of guiding organizations with wisdom and vision.

Offered through the Anderson University Center for Leadership & Organizations, the Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership is an online degree program designed to prepare individuals for the highest level of scholarship and leadership in business, ministry, education, public service, healthcare and non-profit organizations.

Students enrolled in the Ph.D. in Leadership can align their program to their particular goals and research interests, providing several pathways to build research skills to advance an organization, community, business, ministry, or church. The program focuses on culture, change and self-awareness for creatively leading complex organizations. 

An added value for the Ph.D. in Leadership program is that students become friends, colleagues and research partners. The program is led by a core faculty with scholarly and professional expertise in a variety of fields and industries, and diverse part-time faculty located from coast-to-coast. The program offers flexibility of course scheduling and faculty who are readily available.

The Ph.D. in Leadership at Anderson University currently has two concentrations with more on the way: Christian Ministry and Business. The program is offered fully online (including a synchronous online engagement) and can be completed in 3-4 years.

The concentrations equip individuals for the highest level of scholarship and performance in diverse organizations. 

“It seems good and right that the graduate edge of a comprehensive Christian university is an interdisciplinary center and degree program focused on forming leaders in faith and enlivening organizations for the common good. This is the aim of the Center and the substance of our research,” said Dr. Kyle J. A. Small, Professor and Director, Center for Leadership and Organizations.

For more information, contact Benjamin Brammer, Ph.D., at 864-231-2039 or email Also, further details about the program can be found online


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