Admission

Mission

Ph.D. in Strategic Leadership

Course Offerings


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Leadership Studies
Phone: (540) 568-7020
http://www.jmu.edu/leadership


Director
Dr. Susan E. Murphy

Professors
D. Erwin, K. Ford, J. Noftsinger

Associate Professors
R. Kolodinsky, S. Murphy

Assistant Professor
G. Kirk, D. Perritt

Clinical Professor
R. Reid

Leadership Studies

Admission Criteria and Degree Requirements
All applicants must first satisfy the general application requirements of The Graduate School as described for prospective graduate students at http://www.jmu.edu/grad.

The School of Leadership Studies requires applicants to have a master's degree from an accredited institution. The school welcomes applicants from any area or discipline, but applicants should have completed an introductory statistics course and an undergraduate financial accounting course. Other background course work may be required depending upon the student's concentration, such as school leadership courses for the Educational (K-12) Leadership concentration.

To Apply
For information about the application process, an online application form and application instructions, please go to http://www.applyweb.com/apply/jmug/index.html. All application materials are uploaded through this site.

Required Materials
A master's degree from an accredited institution is required for all applicants. In addition, the School of Leadership Studies requires all prospective applicants to have and submit evidence of the following:

Top candidates will be invited for a personal interview as part of the final admission decision.

Application Deadlines
Review of applications is ongoing. Incomplete applications are not considered. Applicants are responsible for assuring all materials have been received. Students normally matriculate in the fall semester, but flexibility is allowed based upon prior course work and student work schedules.

Mission
James Madison University offers an innovative doctoral program in Strategic Leadership Studies with three specialty concentrations:

This program emphasizes business principles, accountability, and leadership theory and applications, which are all areas of reform that national groups have touted as important for new educational, nonprofit and higher education administrators. Students will be instructed in management principles and in the broader visionary perspectives necessary for effective leadership. The program emphasizes practical applications grounded in sophisticated research skills needed for data-based, innovative decision-making in current and future practice.

The leadership course work encompasses models, theories and processes, which are tested through application to situations faced by practicing leaders. The capstone leadership course requires an externship. In addition to leadership course work, students enroll in clusters of courses centered on research methodology including: measurement, statistics, and accountability; business administration, managerial finance and accounting for decision-making and control; and, a specialty concentration of educational leadership, higher education, or nonprofit and community leadership. Students in all concentrations study strategic management, advocacy and volunteerism and advanced leadership dynamics.

Ph.D. in Strategic Leadership

Required Courses
Credit Hours
LEAD 600. Introduction to Leadership Studies and Ethics
3
LEAD 710. Advocacy and Volunteerism
3
LEAD 890. Advanced Leadership Dynamics
6
MBA 690. Strategic Management
3
Foundation courses: Research Methodology and Evaluation
12
Foundation courses: Business and Organizational Foundations
15
Concentration courses
12
Dissertation
12

 
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Foundation Courses

Research Methodology and Evaluation
Credit Hours
PSYC 605. Intermediate Inferential Statistics
PSYC 606. Measurement Theory
PSYC 608. Multivariate Statistical Methods in Psychology
PSYC 770. Assessment and Public Policy

 
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Concentrations

The strategic leadership program offers three concentrations:

The educational leadership concentration includes course work in learning theories and instructional models, curriculum development and evaluation, and advanced strategies for leading school organizations.

Required Courses
Credit Hours
LEAD/ADSU 730. Advanced Learning Theories & Instructional Models
3
LEAD/ADSU 735. Advanced Curriculum
3
LEAD/ADSU 741. Leading Educational Organizations
6

 
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Higher Education
The Higher Education concentration utilizes a scholarly approach for graduates wishing to work in a variety of settings within postsecondary education.

Required Courses
Credit Hours
LEAD 780. Policy Development and Analysis in Postsecondary Education
3
LEAD 782. Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
3
LEAD 785. Proseminar in Postsecondary Education
3
LEAD 800. Research Practicum in Postsecondary Studies
3

 
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Nonprofit and Community Leadership
The Nonprofit and Community Leadership concentration includes course work in the civil society and the nonprofit sector, nonprofit organization issues, governance and nonprofit organizations, and philanthropy and resource development.

Required Courses
Credit Hours
PUAD 660. Nonprofit Organization Issues
3
PUAD 661. Civil Society and the Nonprofit Sector
3
PUAD 662. Governance and Nonprofit Organizations
3
PUAD 663. Philanthropy and Resource Development
3

 
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Course Offerings

Strategic Leadership

LEAD 600. Introduction to Leadership Studies and Ethics.
3 credits.
A doctoral survey course covering the history, philosophy, theories and concepts of organizational leadership. This course will differentiate between the roles of the manager and the leader and provide the student with the foundations of organizational leadership. This course provides an opportunity to examine pertinent leadership theories, to develop a personal understanding of leadership and to explore the relations of leaders and followers.

LEAD 710. Advocacy and Volunteerism.
3 credits.
This course is designed to enable students to understand the distinction among civic participation organizations and political advocacy.

LEAD/ADSU 730. Advanced Learning Theories and Instructional Models.
3 credits.
This course focuses on the design, delivery, assessment and supervision of instruction in schools, across schools, throughout the school division and in the community. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

LEAD/ADSU 735. Advanced Curriculum Theory and Instructional Issues.
3 credits.
This course focuses on the determination, development, implementation, assessment and revision of curriculum and its relationship to the design, delivery, assessment and supervision of instruction in schools, across schools, throughout the school division and in the community. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

LEAD/ADSU 741. Leading Educational Organizations.
3 credits.
Analyze, apply study of ethics, values and leadership concepts. Apply four ethical paradigms of justice, care, critique and profession. Integrate and apply knowledge of educational laws, personnel supervision and education finance. Analyze change theory as related to cognitive and social processes and apply to school and organizational change. Analyze the impact of personnel motivation, work performance and evaluation on school culture. Evaluate sociopolitical influences on leadership in schools. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

LEAD 780. Policy Development and Analysis in Postsecondary Education.
3 credits.
Current issues of higher education are analyzed and future trends are discussed. Various approaches to policy development and their applications are examined from institutional, state, federal, legislative, and international perspectives. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

LEAD 782. Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.
3 credits.
This course will introduce students to the role institutions of higher education play in fostering innovative discoveries. A focus will be applied to financial, budgetary and economic development practices as they pertain to institutions of higher learning. Students will develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge necessary to recognize effective leadership in a dynamic, ever-changing higher education environment.

LEAD 785. Proseminar in Postsecondary Education.
3 credits.
Encompasses the practice, theory, and empirical underpinnings of postsecondary education. Approaches may draw upon cultural, political, economic, historical, social and global aspects. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

LEAD 800. Research Practicum in Postsecondary Studies.
3 credits.
Focuses on principles of research design and planning in postsecondary education. Students will develop a defensible research topic, research plan, method of data collection, selection of methodology and implications. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

LEAD 890. Advanced Leadership Dynamics.
6 credits.
This course and work experience represents the final pre-dissertation stage for the leadership studies doctoral program. As a capstone course and experience, it is designed to integrate prior knowledge (both tacit and explicit) and current work experiences with more advanced leadership concepts and applications.

LEAD 899. Dissertation Continuance.
1-2 credits.
Continued study, research and writing in the area of dissertation concentration for students, who have registered for six hours of dissertation credit, but have not finished the dissertation. These students must be enrolled in this course each semester, including summer, until they complete the dissertation. This course does not count toward fulfilling the required hours for the degree and may be repeated as needed.

LEAD 900. Doctoral Dissertation.
3-12 credits.
Provides advanced research required of all doctoral candidates. Course is graded on an S/U/I basis. Prerequisites: Completion of all course work and permission of student's advisor and the Director of the School of Leadership Studies.

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