Alvernia University

School of Graduate Studies

Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership


400 Saint Bernardine Street

Reading, PA 19607

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership

Format: Campus

Program Description:

In Alvernia University's Doctor of Philosophy program, you will acquire advanced theoretical and practical knowledge, along with leadership skills that will position you as an expert in your field. With three semesters a year, our Ph.D. program lets you earn your degree at a faster pace than traditional programs. To help fit a student's busy lifestyle, classes meet once a week per semester. All students are admitted for the doctoral program beginning end of August. Students typically spend approximately two-and-a-half to three years on course work, and another two to two-and-a-half years on their dissertation. Alvernia University's Doctor of Philosophy program offers three areas of concentration to help you tailor yourself a course of study that fits your individual needs and interests. Corporate Leadership Corporate Leadership will prepare professionals for leadership positions within various fields of business. Through coursework in advanced research and scholarship in corporate leadership, this program will enable executives to continue to develop their leadership talents, and research capabilities and understand their transformative role and responsibilities as servant leaders. Exploring global issues, opportunities and the challenges of leading a workforce with individuals from diverse backgrounds will contribute to their effectiveness and ability to be visionary agents of change. Educational Leadership Educational Leadership will prepare educators to meet the challenges of contemporary school leadership at all levels of administration including higher education. Through course work in advanced research and scholarship, this program will enable individuals to develop their leadership talents and research capabilities, as well as to understand their responsibilities as agents of change within an increasingly complex and demanding educational system that is expected to meet the needs of all children. Individuals will contribute to the knowledge base as leaders responsible for creating and improving learning communities in our global society. Community Leadership Community Leadership will prepare professionals for leadership positions as agents of change in government and community organizations. Coursework will include advanced research and theories of leadership, critical analyses regarding the impact of social welfare policies and procedures, entrepreneurial strategies, research-based assessment of programs, and evidencebased management. This program will enable leaders in government and community organizations to act as agents of change and to contribute to a greater understanding regarding community leadership.


Alvernia University’s Doctor of Philosophy is accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. For information explaining all of the benefits of earning a degree from an accredited program, please visit Pennsylvania Department of Education's website or Middle States Commission on Higher Education's website.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 63 credits (17 class

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $795 USD

Classification: Baccalaureate College—General

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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