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Why the Ph.D. degree in Strategic Leadership Studies?

The Ph.D. degree in Strategic Leadership Studies will serve you well if you are seeking to advance your career in higher education, the nonprofit sector, or the corporate world. Program participants are instructed in the broader visionary perspectives necessary for effective leadership roles as well as practical applications grounded in sophisticated research skills. The 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.

 

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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 Ph.D. degree in Strategic Leadership Studies program currently has 44 alumni working in higher education, nonprofit organizations, and the public school system. Learn more about our alumni, their research, and current roles on the Alumni page

Strategic Leadership Studies Ph.D. Alumni Career Placement

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Based on alumni roles held as of July 1, 2021
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"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. (2020)

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