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PhD in Leadership

PhD in Leadership

Two Schools. One Powerful Program: The California School of Management & Leadership (CSML) and the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) came together to create the Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership offered by Alliant International University.

The result? A comprehensive lineup of courses that include theoretical, strategic, and organizational studies within a multitude of disciplines. Key principles from organizational psychology examine values and behaviors at the individual level. Aspects of international relations give insight into macro cross-border issues. In-depth research into business theories offers understanding into situational leadership needs. And your final dissertation will bring it all together.

The Doctorate in Leadership Degree Program helps you define your own leadership philosophy, preparing you to take the reins within the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Upon graduation, opportunity exists wherever you seek to make change—be that within executive management, postsecondary education, industry analysis, organization development, or wherever your path may take you. Learn more about the PhD in Leadership.

PhD in Leadership

Hands-On Experience:

Your internship and practicum are key to the program, and can be completed at your current workplace or in an online format. You’ll also participate in a six-month executive-in-residence mentorship program where you are provided with invaluable professional development guidance and networking opportunities.

Increased Impact:

By networking within your cohort, you'll share invaluable and unique experience and insights that will advance your expertise. This education and experience, where you explore various leadership courses, visions, skills, models and methods, puts you in the position to make a powerful impact in organizations and society.

Accelerated Timeline:

An accelerated timeline allows for the program to be completed in three to four years. You'll begin with two years of leadership studies and coursework, then move on to your dissertation research, which typically takes one to two years to complete. Since classes are in the evenings and on weekends, you can work while you learn. Click here for a sample course sequence and curriculum.


Live and study in sunny San Diego. Does it get any better? Click here to see the campus and surrounding area.


Alliant is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) which is recognized by the US Department of Education. This program is also accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).


$1,174 per unit with a total of 60 units

Program Start Dates:

Alliant has rolling enrollment with start dates in January, March, May, July, August, October. Click here to start your application.

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