Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership / Higher Education
Concordia University – Chicago

Program Details

The PhD in Leadership with a specialization in Higher Education from Concordia University – Chicago is an online higher education degree program designed for professionals in higher education seeking to become experts in higher education leadership, administration, and education.  The curriculum focuses on the policies, practices, and issues facing post-secondary institutions in the United States but also analyzes the globalization of higher education.  The program provides skills in research and evidence-based decision making while offering knowledge in the organizational and business principles and practices of higher education.  You will learn to analyze learning solutions and integrate leadership orientations which support student retention and success.  Exercising professional ethical behavior is emphasized as students learn how to support institutional missions and achieve institutional objectives.  Upon completion, students will understand the importance of:

  • Remaining cognizant of current and emerging trends in higher education
  • Appreciating diverse leadership perspectives
  • Integrating current theory into their personal and professional performance
  • Integrating best institutional practices to promote institutional health and sustainability

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100% Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

Concordia University – Chicago is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests


Application Requirements

Essay/Writing Sample, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent