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Community College Leadership

Ph.D. in Community College Leadership

The Ph.D. in Community College Leadership is a nationally recognized program for professionals dedicated to the mission and philosophy of the community college. Our program is known for its practitioner-scholar approach which stresses the practical application of coursework and research with the goal of developing leaders who apply knowledge to solve problems.

The program is designed with the working professional in mind. It is:

Cohort-Based

Affordable

Distance

Students take classes as part of a cohort which provides a shared learning experience, builds community, and broadens students' professional networks throughout their careers.

Our program is among the most affordable in the nation. All students – both in-state and out-of-state – pay in-state tuition which makes makes obtaining a doctorate affordable, achievable, and worth the investment.

Working professionals across the U.S. engage in live, synchronous, weekly class meetings throughout the year, as well as attend an annual, two-week Summer Institute where they engage faculty, colleagues, and guest scholars.

Online, synchronous classes are typically scheduled once-a-week from 4:20-7:00 p.m. EST to accommodate the schedules of working professionals.
 

The program is designed for professionals who want to increase their knowledge and leadership opportunities in areas such as:

  • Curriculum
  • Finance
  • Leadership & Administration
  • Policy Development
  • Workforce Development

The Course of Study has four elements: core coursework in community college leadership, elective courses, research courses, and dissertation.

Students develop skills that enable them to assume advanced leadership positions at community colleges; work for state councils of higher education; or work at regional, national, and discipline-specific accrediting bodies.

All faculty are dedicated to helping students succeed, not only in courses and the dissertation, but also in ensuring students develop the skills needed to lead the modern community college.

 

ODU also offers a Ph.D. degree program in Higher Education.