• PhD Program Details

    A PhD Program designed for you

    Hamline’s PhD program is uniquely designed to meet the challenges facing today’s leaders. Solving today’s problems is no longer something that can be done in isolation. Instead, leaders across the community must come together to achieve the best results. That’s why Hamline’s program intentionally prepares you to work across all sectors.

    Degree Requirements

    Year one (12 credits)

    Fall: Cross-Sector Leadership (4 credits)
    Spring:Qualitative Research Methods (4 credits)
    Summer: elective course (4 credits)

    Year two

    Fall: Quantitative Research Methods (4 credits)
    Spring: Public Policy and Advocacy (4 credits)
    Summer: elective course (4 credits)

    Year three

    Fall: elective course 1 (4 credits); elective course 2 (4 credits)
    Spring: Critical Issues in Change Leadership (4 credits)

    Year four

    Fall: Dissertation I (4 credits); Comprehensive Exam
    Spring: Dissertation II (2 credits)
    Summer: Dissertation III (2 credits); Proposal Defense

    Year five

    Fall: Dissertation IV (2 credits)
    Spring: Dissertation V (2 credits); Final Defense

    Elective course subject areas:

    • Public administration
    • Business
    • Nonprofit management


    As the culmination of the program, PhD candidates take a comprehensive qualifying exam and write a dissertation addressing a critical issue. Students have a choice of either a single research analysis and case study or three related publishable papers.