Online Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Leadership

Immerse Yourself in What It Means to Be a Leader

What are the qualities of a good leader? How can I become a better leader? What’s the difference between leadership and management? These are great questions to ask if you want to be a more effective manager, director, supervisor, executive, or administrator. But it’s one thing to read about different leadership styles on the Internet and quite another to cultivate your leadership skills in an academic setting with some of the most respected leadership experts in the country. That’s what Creighton University offers, and it’s why our post-graduate leadership degree is one of the most respected leadership development programs in the nation.

Discover what it really takes to lead effectively in Creighton University’s online Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Leadership. Taught by instructors who are nationally recognized leadership practitioners, this terminal degree combines real-world application with a format that is interdisciplinary, self-reflective and values-based. As a result, graduates of Creighton’s Doctorate in Leadership earn a return on their investment as they emerge with the knowledge and skills to become leadership experts and drive change in their organizations.

Interdisciplinary Nature

Taught by renowned Creighton faculty members from the arts and sciences, business, education, health and law, the online Doctorate in Leadership degree offers a broad and interdisciplinary view of leadership that you can apply to a range of industries, especially business, education, nonprofit, military and health care. The interdisciplinary nature of the program will make you a well-rounded leader capable of heading teams and organizations full of diverse personalities, interests, and experiences.

In addition to the interdisciplinary curriculum and faculty, Creighton’s program brings together students with different personal and professional backgrounds. Learning alongside high-achieving, experienced professionals, students have the same classmates in each course for more than the first year of the program. This cohort model promotes relationship building, trust, interaction, the sharing of different perspectives and networking. The result is a richer learning experience for everyone in the program.

Use Leadership to Foster Change

The online Doctorate in Leadership prepares you to become a trusted authority with the vision, commitment and expertise to become an agent of transformational change. The interdisciplinary and intellectually challenging curriculum incorporates a focus on ethics and builds on the University’s Jesuit, Catholic values of social justice, serving others, and self-reflection. Students will graduate with an understanding of ethical decision making and the ability to lead with principle and conviction.

On-campus Experience

Coursework in this program is mainly online but includes two required residency experiences on the Creighton campus in Omaha, Nebraska. During the first residency at the start of the program, you will meet your classmates, your instructors and your assigned advisor. Delving deeper into your leadership potential, you will work with your advisor to develop an Individualized Professional Development Plan. This plan will serve as your guide through the program and will help you select the best electives to meet your personal and professional leadership goals. Online students also have the option to attend on-campus professional writing workshops that take place several times a year.

During the second residency, you will follow up on these leadership activities and defend your dissertation. This second on-campus residency also provides students the opportunity to discuss professional plans and career goals with their supervisory committee and network with peers before graduation.

Use Your Workplace for Research

The dissertation offers the chance to use your workplace as a laboratory for research and practice in leadership, problem-solving and strategic planning. Following an applied-research model, you will implement small-scale changes at your workplace, assess the consequences and make evidence-based arguments regarding the results. Click here to view 60-second dissertations from graduates.

Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation from the Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Leadership, you will:

  • Utilize leadership theories and models to inform practice.
  • Integrate critical thinking to inform professional leadership issues.
  • Practice ethical decision making informed by Ignatian values.
  • Model professional communication in scholarly and professional settings.
  • Apply reflective practices as a means for professional and personal growth.
  • Model the ability to effectively lead within complex and diverse societies.
  • Produce original scholarly research informed by leadership theory and social science methodology to improve practice.

Earn a Return on Your Investment

Unlike a solely research-focused Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program, Creighton’s program is a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership, which means it is geared towards working professionals and is immediately applicable to your workplace and career. After graduation, you will be able to apply the leadership competencies you learned to see increased productivity, motivation, and engagement in your team, department or organization.

With real-world application of the program, you will receive a return on your investment and you will be prepared for an executive position in nearly any industry. Some examples of our current students’ fields and titles include:

  • Business and Organizational Leadership: Chief Financial Officer, Consultant, Director of Human Resources, Director of Project Management, Insurance Executive, President, Sales Executive
  • Criminal Justice and Military Leadership: Chief of Staff, Detective, Fire Chief, Flight Commander, Intelligence Analyst, Major General
  • Educational Leadership: Coach, Dean, Director of Student Services, Instructor, Principal, Teacher, Superintendent, University President
  • Health Care Leadership: Emergency Management Executive, Director of Nursing, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, Registered Nurse Educator
  • Human Services and Nonprofit Leadership: Director of Social Services, Executive Director of Program Development, Social Worker, Therapist
  • Spiritual Leadership: Chaplain, Director of Youth Ministry, Jesuit Priest, Pastor, Religious Director

Scholarship Opportunity

Applicants currently working full-time in K-12 Catholic school education may be eligible to apply for the Presidential Scholarship for Catholic Educational Leadership.

Evolve Your Leadership

Cultivate your leadership skills in a program that integrates practice and insights from experienced faculty and high-achieving peers. To learn more about the online Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Leadership, call us at 866.717.6365 to speak to a Program Manager or request more information today.