• PhD Program Details

    A PhD program for leaders of today and tomorrow

    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 (3 courses)

    Fall: Theory and Practice of Organizational Leadership (4 credits)
    Spring: Research Methods I (4 credits)
    Summer: elective course (4 credits)

    Year two (3 courses)

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

    Year three (3 courses)

    Fall: Research Methods III (4 credits)
    Spring: Critical Issues in Change Leadership (4 credits)
    Summer: elective course (4 credits)



    • Dissertation I (4 credits)
    • Comprehensive Exam


    After Dissertation I and Comprehensive Exam, proceed at your own pace through the following:


    • Dissertation II (2 credits)
    • Dissertation III (2 credits)
    • Proposal Defense
    • Dissertation IV (2 credits)
    • 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.