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About ALS

Pursuing and receiving my Ph.D. has provided me with the ability to think, rationalize, and problem solve with greater clarity and self-assurance.

—Jacquilyn Griffin, Ph.D.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Administration and Leadership Studies Ph.D. program is to develop leader-scholars who excel in conceptual and applied knowledge about leadership in the nonprofit and public sectors, as well as analytic and research skills needed for planning, decision-making, and evaluation. Graduates apply their education in careers as leaders, faculty members, and/or researchers, thereby contributing to the civic, economic, social, and cultural well-being of the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.

Background and History

The Ph.D. Program in Administration and Leadership Studies (ALS) began at IUP in 1998 as an interdisciplinary doctoral program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The program is based in the Department of Sociology and offered in cooperation with the Departments of Economics. Offered at two sites, the main campus in Indiana, Pa., and the state capital in Harrisburg, Pa., the program admits a cohort of fifteen to twenty students every other year at each site. On the even years, students begin studies at Indiana, while on the odd years, students begin the doctoral program at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg.

The program was initially conceptualized as being of interest to leaders in human services. Based on interest from students working in a much wider array of settings, and on participatory research gathering input from students, faculty, and administrators, the program revised its focus and curriculum in 2005. The program is now more broadly focused on Administration and Leadership Studies in nonprofit and public sectors.

  • Administration and Leadership Studies Program
  • McElhaney Hall, Room 102
    441 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2956
  • Fax: 724-357-4842
  • ALS Program Office Hours
  • Monday through Wednesday
  • 8:00 a.m. - 3:-00 p.m.