Why a Ph.D. in Strategic Leadership?

A Ph.D. in Strategic Leadership will serve you well if you are seeking to advance your career in higher education, the nonprofit sector, or the corporate world. The program's interdisciplinary curriculum combines leadership theory, statistics and research methods, and business principles. Students are instructed in the broader visionary perspectives necessary for effective leadership roles as well as practical applications grounded in sophisticated research skills. The Strategic Leadership program prepares adult learners to be effective leaders and organizational change agents through rigorous theoretical study and practical application coupled with experiential learning, and a strong emphasis on innovation and evidence-based decision making. 

Program Outcomes

Around 20% of our students receive promotions before graduating. Over 90% of our alumni hold leadership positions within their organizations, or have achieved career advancement within months of completing the program. The Strategic Leadership program currently has 30 alumni working in higher education, nonprofit organizations, and the public school system. Learn more about our alumni, their research, and current roles on the Strategic Leadership Alumni page

theresa reimbold testimony

"I specifically sought an innovative PhD program that would refine my skill set in Non-Profit Management and Business so I could become an effective founder, fundraiser, and researcher for a NonProfit organization promoting Thyroid Cancer research and prevention. As a “Double Duke,” I was  well aware of the outstanding quality of the JMU’s faculty, and their unwavering commitment to empower students to change the world."

- Theresa Reimbold, Ph.D. Candidate 

Nonprofit and Community Leadership Concentration

Concentrations of Study Include:

For careers in nonprofit management, public administration, academic instruction and research, consulting, and leadership

Nonprofit & Community Leadership Alumni Titles Include:

  • Consultant
  • Tenure-track Professor
  • Lecturer
  • President/CEO
  • Researcher

For careers in human resource management, academic instruction and research, management consulting, and organizational leadership

Aspiring Roles for Current Students Include:

  • Human Resource Consultant
  • Tenure-track Professor
  • Management Consultant
  • Researcher
  • CEO/President

For careers in college and university administration, academic instruction and research, consulting, and policy

Postsecondary Analysis and Leadership Alumni Titles Include:

  • Provost
  • Vice President
  • Professor
  • Director
  • Ombudsperson

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