The Ph.D. program in Administration and Leadership Studies (ALS), Nonprofit and Public Sectors, is designed to educate leaders in human services, health care, state and local government agencies, higher education, and other public and nonprofit organizations. This program is offered by the Sociology Department in collaboration with the Department of Economics.
The ALS program’s goals are to provide leadership development and enhanced administrative capacity through application of theory and research in the public and nonprofit services context. Student learning is constituted by the following objectives:
As the majority of students are midcareer professionals with full-time positions, required courses are offered evenings and/or Saturdays, two courses per term. Courses are offered in fall, spring, and an eleven-week summer session.
Students are admitted in cohorts. The admissions process involves a review of an assortment of materials, including an application for admission form, transcripts, GRE test scores, three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references, a work experience statement (either a vitae or résumé), a goal statement in which the applicant explains why she/he wishes to be admitted to the program, and a major writing sample such as a master’s thesis, course paper, policy document, or program report. A personal interview may be required at the option of the Admissions Committee. A master’s degree is required. Prospective students should be aware that this is a social science program, with most courses taught by professors of Sociology and Economics; therefore, some background in the social sciences is helpful but not required.
Each student admitted to a doctoral program receives doctoral candidacy after completing at least 18 graduate credits beyond the master’s degree, with a GPA of 3.0, and passing both core and research methods area comprehensive examination. To be eligible for graduation, students must complete the 61 credit hours specified in the curriculum, successfully pass all comprehensive examinations, and successfully defend a dissertation proposal and a completed dissertation. Program curriculum requirements are as follows:
Nine credits from among any relevant graduate-level courses with permission of the doctoral coordinator.
For detailed information about the program, you may contact the program coordinator at 724-357-2956 (Indiana), or e-mail to ALS-PHD@iup.edu. The program’s website may be viewed at www.iup.edu/als.
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