Doctoral Programs

Ashland University Hybrid Doctoral Programs

With an Executive Doctorate in Leadership Studies from Ashland University, the possibilities are endless.

Admission Requirements

Admission procedures for doctoral programs are designed to recruit the highest quality professionals, representative of a culturally diverse population. A comprehensive system, including both qualitative and quantitative measures, is used to assess personal characteristics, academic skills, communications and leadership. Acceptance into the doctoral program is by cohort and is based upon a competitive evaluation of applications.

The Doctoral Admission and Retention Committee reviews the credentials of each candidate. (See Admissions Requirements for a complete list of items needed to apply). Finalists who qualify will be invited for an interview with members of the Admission and Retention Committee. Interviews occur approximately 2-4 weeks after each application deadline.

All cohorts begin in May each year, however, prospective students can apply when it is most convenient for them. This allows students to begin taking cognate courses if they prefer to get a jump start.

Application Options

Applications for both the traditional and executive doctoral programs in leadership studies are accepted on a rolling basis. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview after a review of their application by the doctoral programs Admissions and Retention Committee.

Programs Offered

  • Traditional Doctorate in Leadership Studies
    Ashland University’s interdisciplinary Traditional Doctorate in Leadership Studies program is designed to enhance your leadership capacity. It combines theory and practice with individual mentoring and applied research to train you into a reflective, ethical and effective leader for maximized career opportunities.
  • Executive Doctorate in Leadership Studies
    Are you a working professional or practitioner looking to complete your doctorate within a condensed time frame? The Executive Ed.D. in Leadership Studies program is an accelerated, interdisciplinary doctoral degree program that allows you to complete your doctorate within two years.

Potential Careers

• P12 Administration
• University Administration
• Dean
• College Professor
• Chief Learning Officer/Chief Academic Officer
• Business Leaders
• Social Service/Government leaders

For more information on the College of Education Doctoral Programs please contact us by calling 419-289-5738 or emailing

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