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Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership


The PhD in Organizational Leadership program allows you to examine leadership in a multitude of dimensions. Upon completion of the program, you will have gained the knowledge to evaluate major theories and contribute to the body of knowledge in the field of organizational leadership. Fully accredited by Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a leading accreditation association for business education, this program is aligned with best practices that contribute to continuous improvement of business education.


Few universities can offer the uniquely flexible approach to earning your PhD in Organizational Leadership available at NCU. In a class size of one, you'll have one-to-one, individualized interaction with our all-doctoral faculty. NCU's Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership program has no entrance exam requirements, saving you time and money.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate theories of organizational leadership for their academic and practical value
  • Assess an organization's potential for positive change
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge in the field of organizational leadership
  • Formulate strategies to solve contemporary organizational issues

Career Potential

Leadership professionals with specialized knowledge and skills are in demand and can pursue a broad range of career opportunities. According to Emsi labor market analytics and economic data* some of the top occupations in the filed include:

  • General and operations managers
  • Human resources managers
  • Directors of diversity and inclusion
  • Computer and IT managers
  • Management analysts and consultants
  • Financial and marketing managers
  • Educational administrators
  • Business transformation specialists

Emsi also confirms some of the top employers for professionals who have earned this degree include Amazon, Boeing, and many others across a wide variety of industries including:

  • Management /Business Consulting (Guidehouse, Accenture, Deloitte)
  • Finance (Wells Fargo, Citigroup)
  • Healthcare (Anthem, Highmark Health, Humana)
  • Biotech/Pharma (Pfizer, Thermo Fisher Scientific)
  • IT/Computer (Microsoft)

Organizational Leadership at the master’s or PhD education level often leads to director-level positions responsible for senior management and organizational oversight responsibilities. There are also a variety of niched career fields that offer excellent opportunities for graduates with academic backgrounds in:

  • Organizational change
  • Leadership studies
  • Strategic planning
  • Project management

*SOURCE: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at (Report viewed: 4/18/2022). DISCLAIMER: The data provided is for Informational purposes only. Emsi data and analysis utilizes government sources to provide insights on industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more to align academic programs with labor market opportunities. Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. Current and prospective students should use this data with other available economic data to inform their educational decisions.

*Every year, the School of Business does an assessment to improve the educational outcomes in the school’s programs. Continuous assessment is a form of feedback that evaluates and assures the quality of our programs.
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Total Credit Hours: 60 Credit Hours
Courses: 20 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 38 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One