The Doctor of Arts in Leadership program at Franklin Pierce University prepares students to
assume transformational roles in society. The program brings together a diverse group of
mid-career professionals from many disciplines including health care, business, education,
law enforcement, human services, the arts and more. Students work closely together to
challenge and inspire each other. Our curriculum model offers a unique opportunity for
professional collaboration in a dynamic learning community.
The program’s interdisciplinary treatment of leadership recognizes that effective leaders
are those who take a broad approach to change by using skills grounded in the arts,
humanities and social sciences. The power of transformational leadership is not power
over others, but the power of understanding oneself, the power of understanding other
cultures and societies, and the power of understanding how to use leadership to inspire
others to achieve both as individuals and as contributing members of communities.
The Doctor of Arts in Leadership is designed with working professionals in mind. The
program is highly individualized; students work closely with faculty to define and
achieve their goals. Students complete the program in three to four years with monthly
weekend seminars at Franklin Pierce learning sites in Concord, Manchester, Lebanon and
Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Graduates of the Franklin Pierce University Doctor of Arts
program in Leadership will develop abilities to:
• To prepare leaders for transformational roles in society.
• To advance knowledge and applied research,
preparing leaders with vision.
• To develop practice-focused scholarship, integration
of knowledge and reflective and service-based inquiry.
• To enhance the leadership values, skills, and knowledge
of current and aspiring leaders in professional disciplines.
• To inspire the holistic view of leadership as a
• To engage the process of analyzing and synthesizing
content through a transformational leadership
• To foster an understanding of the importance of the
arts and humanities in assuming the role of steward
of the societal landscape, developing a sense of
connectedness and community.
• To aspire to develop creative solutions to today’s
problems that are grounded in moral and ethical
Accredited by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) Standards:
Each of the eleven Standards articulates a dimension of institutional quality. In applying the Standards, the Commission assesses and makes a determination about the effectiveness of the institution as a whole. The institution:
has clearly defined purposes appropriate to an institution of higher learning;
has assembled and organized those resources necessary to achieve its purposes;
is achieving its purposes;
has the ability to continue to achieve its purposes.
International Student Requirements:
Same as Domestic students, plus English language competency
Facts & Figures
# of Credits Required:
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate):
Baccalaureate College—Liberal Arts