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NCU Catalog - December 2016 
NCU Catalog - December 2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Organizational Leadership, PhD

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Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership

Description of Program

The Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership (PhD-OL) program is a research-based program designed to prepare leaders for positions in the private and public sectors by enhancing knowledge and competencies appropriate to a wide variety of leadership roles. A Ph.D. requires original ideas about a specialized topic, as well as a high degree of methodological/scientific rigor (Nelson, & Coorough, 1994). As is traditional in higher education, a Ph.D. is only awarded for a piece of work that will actually make a difference to the theoretical context of the field – the Ph.D. dissertation is a new contribution to the body of knowledge.

Program Learning Outcomes

The program learning outcomes of the Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership degree are:

  • Evaluate theories of organizational leadership for their academic and practical value.
  • Assess an organization’s potential for positive change.
  • Integrate organizational leadership theories into practical usage
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge in the field of organizational leadership.

Basis for Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership program requires a conferred post-baccalaureate master’s degree and/or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.

Degree Requirements

The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credit hours in transfer toward the doctoral degree for graduate coursework completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of “B” or better.

The PhD-OL degree programs have the following graduation requirements:

  • A minimum of 48 credit hours of graduate instruction must be completed through Northcentral
  • Grade Point Average of 3.0 (letter grade of “B”) or higher
  • Satisfactory completion of a Comprehensive Exam
  • University Approval of Dissertation Manuscript and Oral Defense completed
  • Submission of the approved final dissertation manuscript to the University Registrar, including the original unbound dissertation manuscript and an electronic copy
  • Official documents on file for basis of admission: a conferred master’s degree from an accredited academic institution
  • Official transcripts on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University
  • All financial obligations to the University paid in full

Fundamental Competencies

All PhD-OL students are required to demonstrate competency in these areas:

  • Graduate-Level Research Methods Competency – PhD-OL students are required to complete BTM 7303 , BTM 8103-8 , BTM 8104-8 , BTM 8106-8  or BTM 8108-8 , BTM 8107-8  at Northcentral.
  • Graduate-Level Statistics Competency – PhD-OL students are required to complete BTM8107-8 - Statistics II  at Northcentral.
  • Computer Competency - Doctoral students are required to have computer skills necessary for completing a dissertation. Students must be able to prepare documents using advanced word processing skills (e.g., creation of tables and figures, headers and footers, page breaks, tables of contents, hanging indents). Students must use computer programs for the statistical analysis of data (e.g., SAS). Students must produce a computer-based presentation (e.g., PowerPoint) for their dissertation oral examination.

Time to Completion

Northcentral University allows 7 years to complete all doctoral programs of 60 credits or less.

Normal time to completion for a program like this is 50 months.

Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most Northcentral students are working adults balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

The normal time disclosed above reflects the experience of students who may have entered under different program requirements. In the quest for continuous improvement, academic leadership has revised the program to optimize curriculum and pace, facilitate student learning, and improve chances for success. Therefore, the program is now designed for students enrolling today to take advantage of these revised course structures, lengths, and schedules. New students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 45 months.

Dissertation Process

Faculty assist each Northcentral University Doctoral student to reach this high goal through a systematic process leading to a high-quality completed dissertation. A PhD-OL dissertation is a scholarly documentation of research that makes an original contribution to the field of study. This process requires care in choosing a topic, documenting its importance, planning the methodology, and conducting the research. These activities lead smoothly into the writing and oral presentation of the dissertation.

A doctoral candidate must be continuously enrolled throughout the series of dissertation courses. If additional time is required to complete any of the dissertation courses, students must re-enroll and pay the tuition for that course. Continuous enrollment will only be permitted when students demonstrate progress toward completing dissertation requirements. The Dissertation Committee determines progress.

Course Sequence

Credit Hours - The PhD-OL program may be completed in 60 credits. Additional credit hours may be allowed as needed to complete the dissertation research. If granted, additional courses will be added to the student degree program in alignment with the SAP and Academic Maximum Time to Completion policies. Students who do not complete their program in accordance with these policies may be dismissed.

Basis of Admission - In order to enter the doctoral (PhD-OL) program, applicants must have earned a master’s degree from an accredited university.

The PhD-OL-s a 60 credit program comprised of 9 Foundations credits, 12 Research credits, 18 Core credits, 6 Elective credits, 3 Comprehensive exam credits, 12 Dissertation credits.

Required Foundational Courses must be taken first and in sequence

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