Administration and Leadership Studies, PhD

    • PhD in Administration and Leadership Studies students in the classroomDesigned for working professionals
    • Focused on training mid-career professionals
      in the non-profit and public sectors
    • Part-time and full-time schedule with 
      courses that run fall, spring, and summer
    • Seven-year program: three years of coursework
      and four years to completion of dissertation
    • Learn from quality faculty skilled in social
      and behavioral science research and evaluation
    • Cohort-based with cohorts seated in multiple
      locations including Harrisburg and Indiana
    • Develop a professional network while you learn
    • Scholarships and research assistantships
      available
  • Become a Leader-Scholar in the Nonprofit and Public Sectors

    The PhD in Administration and Leadership Studies is a cohort-based program that admits between 15 and 20 students at a time-in even years at our main campus in Indiana, and in odd years at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg. Because we recognize that you may be a working professional, classes are offered evenings and /or weekends.

    This unique doctorate program is taught by an interdisciplinary faculty from the Sociology and Economics departments. Our unique and specialized program allows you to hone your ability to make meaningful contributions to the civic, economic, social, and cultural well-being of the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.

    Virtual Graduate Admissions Open House

    April 15, 2021
    6:00 p.m.

    You're ready to go for more at IUP, and we're here to help.

    • Learn about the application process and funding opportunities.
    • Connect with professors to learn more about your program of interest.
    • Get your questions answered.

    Tentative Program Outline

    6:00–6:05 p.m. - Sign-in/Mingle
    6:05–6:25 p.m. - Welcome, Graduate Admissions Presentation
    6:25–6:40 p.m. - Q&A
    6:40–6:50 p.m. - Break and division into breakout rooms
    6:50–7:20 p.m. - Breakout session with programs
    7:20–7:30 p.m. - General questions

    Registration closes on April 13.

    To register, visit Virtual Graduate Admissions Open House Sign Up.

  • Accepting Applications

    We are currently accepting applications for the 2021 cohort. Classes start fall 2021 on IUP’s Harrisburg campus.

    Applications are encouraged before April 1; however, those received after will be reviewed until all available seats in the cohort are filled.

    Please contact als-phd@iup.edu for additional information.

  • Mathilda Spencer

    Inspired By Professor’s Approach

    “I had the opportunity to be the graduate assistant to Dr. Harvey Holtz, a professor who is a great role model. He offered me autonomy and showed through his actions how to inspire learning and expand the student’s ability to think about and discuss ‘the real world.’”

    Mathilda Spencer, Class of 2015, Administration and Leadership Studies, PhD

  • The PhD in Administration and Leadership Studies will prepare you to:

    • Develop your 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.
    • Collaborate in a cohort-style curriculum, which encourages peer networking and lead to greater sharing of information and support. This is especially helpful if you are balancing graduate studies with work and family.