New Doctoral Degrees in Leadership at SEU

We’re excited to announce two new doctoral programs —  a PhD in Organizational Leadership and a Doctorate of Strategic Leadership (DSL), bringing the total number of doctoral degrees we offer up to four (the EdD began in 2014 and the DMin in 2016). This is the first PhD program we have offered. The inaugural cohort for the PhD and DSL degrees will begin in May of 2018 with a five-day intensive for students.

Educating Servant Leaders

“The program was started to provide doctoral-level Christian education in leadership studies,” said Dr. Ric Rohm, the program’s coordinator. “The program is geared to prospective students who desire the highest levels of leadership education.”

“We are extremely proud of this milestone accomplishment, which furthers our ongoing commitment to providing leadership training,” said SEU President, Dr. Kent Ingle. “I also want to commend Dr. Ric Rohm, Dr. Leroy VanWhy and Dr. Emile Hawkins whose collaborative efforts were instrumental in bringing these programs to fruition.”

Hawkins holds a Doctorate of Strategic Leadership and focuses on coaching and consulting with church leaders. VanWhy earned a PhD in Organization Leadership and is an expert in authentic leadership and followership. Rohm also holds a PhD in Organizational Leadership with a focus on cross-cultural and servant leadership. All three have distinguished U.S. military careers.

Program Details

PhD students will focus more on research methods in preparation for their dissertation, while DSL students will focus on completing courses to help them in consulting and preparing for their capstone project. The first cohort of students will take the same classes for two years, and then begin separate courses for their chosen degree.

The programs follow a hybrid format with both face-to-face and online instruction, including in-person intensives conducted each semester (fall, spring and summer). The courses are offered in 8-week sessions. The PhD consists of 16 courses (48 credit hours), plus a minimum of 12 credit hours of dissertation work, while the DSL consists of 18 courses (54 credit hours), plus a minimum of 6 hours of capstone project work. Core classes for the program include courses such as Followership, Cultural Intelligence, and Servant and Authentic Leadership.

In addition to Rohm, Hawkins and VanWhy, the program plans to bring on three more faculty members. Select professors within the university will also serve as adjunct professors in the program.

Students pursuing the PhD may find careers such as college/university professors, researchers or think tank consultants. DSL students will be trained for careers such as organizational consultants, executive coaches and positions in executive leadership.

The program is currently pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Admission requirements include a master’s degree, a resume or curriculum vitae, two professional letters of recommendation, an admission essay and a doctoral writing sample. For more information on the program, please visit SEU.edu/doctoral-leadership.