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Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership


The Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership program is designed to equip students with a high level of teaching and research capabilities in leadership. This program provides advanced leadership training in the fields of ministry, adult and brain & gifted education, politics, and business. Furthermore, this program enables students to apply their scholastic knowledge in their educational, government, business, and pastoral organizations.


Upon completing this concentration, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding and integration of leadership in relation to the pastoral, educational, and entrepreneurial disciplines.
  • Articulate leadership theories and demonstrate proficiency in teaching and research.
  • Refine their thinking related to strategies for effective leadership.
  • Reflect on the essential leadership in ministry, education, and business contexts.


  • Applicant Qualifications :
      1) Master's degree
      2) Completed courses with a grade of C+ or below are not counted as credit hours.
      3) GPA should be above 3.5
  • Admission Procedures :
      Admission procedures consist of an application screening, an entrance exam, and an interview.
      1) Applicants should pass the application screening before taking entrance tests. Application includes an essay, recommendation letters, and transcripts.
      2) The test areas include an essay and an English reading.
      3) Program faculities will interview applicants who pass these tests.
      4) The application screening, written essay test, English test, and interview make up 100 points respectively (total 400 points). Admission is given to applicants who score 320 points or above.
      5) A faculty committee will make all admission decisions.


  • The Doctoral Program is designed to be completed within five academic years. A maximum of seven years may be granted upon appeal to the Academic Dean.
  • The student must successfully complete a prescribed course of study with a minimum 3.0 (B) GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • The awarding of a “C” in a doctoral course constitutes a failure (unsuccessful completion of the course).
  • The student must pass a qualifying examination.
  • The student must successfully complete a dissertation and pass an oral defense.
  • Prior to graduation, the student must meet all financial obligations to the institution.


Core Leadership Courses

15 Credit Hours

LE 801* General Theories on Leadership 3
LE 803 Essential Traits of Leadership 3
LE 804 Vision and Goal-setting in Leadership 3
LE 813 The Leader as Agent and Guide 3
LE 814 Communication and Decision Making 3
LE 815 Global Dimensions of Leadership Today and in the Future 3
LE 816 The Human Focus of Leadership 3
LE 817 Global Futures & System Dynamics 3
LE 818 Mentored Leadership Internship 3
(*Required Course)

Emphases Courses

18 Credit Hours

Organizational Leadership
LE 812 Spiritual Leadership 3
LE 819 Biblical and Theological Foundations of Leadership 3
LE 830 Motivations, Teams, Coaching, and Mentoring 3
LE 831 Worldview/Special Seminar 3
LE 832 Study of Global Organization 3
LE 833 Transformational Leadership 3
Entrepreneurial Leadership
LE 805 Global Leadership in Management 3
LE 810 Global Strategic Leadership 3
LE 840 Entrepreneurial Strategies for Innovational Change 3
LE 842 Strategic Thinking and Organizational Change 3
LE 843 Organizational Performance and Process Evaluation 3
NC 812 Conflict Resolution and Negotiation 3
Educational Leadership: Brain/Gifted Education
LE 851 Neuroscience 3
LE 852 EEG and Analysis Techniques 3
LE 853 Gifted Selection Method 3
LE 854 Curriculum Design for Gifted Education 3
LE 855 Teaching Practice 3
LE 856 The Realities of School Leadership 3
LE 857 Brain Psychology Counseling 3
LE 858 Neurofeedback Testing and Counseling 3
Political Leadership
LE 821 Political Philosophy and Ethics 3
LE 822 Comparative Politics 3
LE 823 Policy & Governance 3
LE 824 International Relations 3
LE 825 Profession of Political Science 3
NC 815 Public Conflict and Negotiation 3
International Aviation Leadership
LE 871 Aircraft Accident Investigation 3
LE 872 Safety Management System 3
LE 873 Human Factor in Aviation Safety 3
LE 874 Crew Resource Management and Leadership 3
LE 875 Aviation Safety Law 3
LE 876 Aviation Security Advanced 3

Free Electives

6 Credit Hours

Research Methods

9 Credit Hours

LE 861 Research Design3
LE 862 Quantitative Research Methods3
LE 863 Qualitative Research Methods3

Capstone Course

3 Credit Hours

CP 890 Capstone3


9 Credit Hours

RS 807 Dissertation9


60 Credit Hours


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