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Total Credit Hours
63

Cost Per Credit Hour
$411

Total Credit Hours
63

Cost Per Credit Hour
$411

Enhance Your Leadership Today with LSU Shreveport's Ed.D. in Leadership Studies

The online Doctorate of Education in Leadership Studies is offered through LSU Shreveport. The Leadership Studies program fosters scholarly inquiry and a working understanding of critical components of leadership. Throughout the program, students explore leadership theory focusing on practical data-driven results; understanding group dynamics and motivation; the mentoring and coaching process for cultivating future leaders; building efficient learning and development opportunities; the use of power, politics, and influence in organizations; and data collection, analysis, and research techniques to inform practice.

The program offers three concentrations:

Leadership Studies is designed to help students explore the strategies that drive leadership to lead organizations through a dynamic vision, and prepare for the future with solid and proven leadership strategies. This concentration focuses on providing practical approaches for leading people and organizations in an ever changing world.

Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management focuses on providing students with the ability to assess and avoid risks, remove communication barriers between activated teams, emergency disaster managers and communication specialists, and enhance emergency management skills for those operating in federal or state positions, hospitals, colleges and universities, research institutions, nonprofit organizations, and private industry.

Health Communication & Leadership is designed to improve your ability to lead organizations in the health sector. This concentration allows students to develop the tools to integrate technology into leadership practices, enhance communication skills, and examine ways in which leaders drive organizations in different health settings.

The Leadership Studies program provides working professionals with relevant and practical research skills to utilize leadership theories for transformational change and knowledge to identify and solve problems of practice through collaboration with key stakeholders. Students will be given the opportunity to develop these attributes through engaging courses, research endeavors, and interactive networking experiences.


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Expert Instructors

Learn from award-winning faculty and instructors chosen for their real-world experience.

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Flexible Format

Designed to be flexible and convenient, featuring accelerated course work and multiple start dates per year.

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Real-World Experience

Opportunities to engage in faculty-driven research projects for publication and presentation are encouraged.

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Continuous Support

Receive dedicated coach support from application to graduation.

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"The Doctorate of Leadership Studies provides a fantastic opportunity for students to interact with and learn from other high-quality leaders from around the world who are experts in their industries. In their classes, students will be given opportunities to reflect on, research, and discuss real-world leadership scenarios using case studies in addition to drawing upon their own experiences to promote their leadership skill development."

Grace M. Hildenbrand, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor- Department of Leadership Studies

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Cost Online Doctorate of Education in Leadership Studies

The EdD in Leadership Studies online program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition. All fees are included in the total tuition.

Total credit hours per program: 63 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $411

Total cost with fees: $25,841.34*

*Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Exact fees may vary by program. Please consult an Enrollment Coach for the final program cost.

Course Listings Online Doctorate of Education in Leadership Studies

Students in the EdD in Leadership Studies online program must complete 63 credit hours of coursework.

Common Leadership Core (36 credit hours)

Common Leadership Core: 13 courses Credit Hours
LDSH 800: Seminar in Leadership Theory and Practice I 3
LDSH 801: Seminar in Leadership Theory and Practice II 3
LDSH 836: Seminar in Leadership Theory and Practice IV 3
LDSH 838: Seminar in Leadership Theory and Practice III 3
LDSH 817: Ethics, Values, and Principled Leadership 3
LDSH 823: Social and Group Dynamics 3
LDSH 827: Coaching and Mentoring for Leaders 3
LDSH 829: Culture, Climate, and Change Leadership 3
LDSH 840: Leadership in Complex Organizations 3
LDSH 870: Power, Politics, and Influence in Organizations 3
LDSH 837: Adult Learning and Development 3
LDSH 871: Followership 3
Total Required Hours 36

 

Concentration Core (12 credit hours)

Students will select one concentration. 

Leadership Studies Concentration

Leadership Studies: 4 courses Credit Hours
LDSH 825: Dark Side of Leadership 3
LDSH 826: Gender Issues in Leadership 3
LDSH 831: Policy Analysis and Development 3
LDSH 854: Human Resource Development 3
Total Required Hours 12

Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management Concentration

Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management: 4 courses  Credit Hours
LDSH 811: Crisis Leadership and Emergency Response 3
LDSH 818: Peace, Civil Unrest, and Social Conflict 3
LDSH 819: Emergency and Disaster Communications 3
LDSH 821: Disaster Response and Emergency Management 3
Total Required Hours 12

Health Communication & Leadership Concentration 

Health Communication & Leadership: 4 courses Credit Hours
LDSH 873: Health Leadership 3
LDSH 874: Health Communication for Leaders 3
LDSH 875: Ethics for Health Leadership 3
LDSH 876: Health Information Technologies and Leadership 3
Total Required Hours 12

Research Core (15 credit hours)

Admission Requirements Online Doctorate of Education in Leadership Studies

The Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies is a competitive admissions program. Each year the program receives applications from a diverse group of professionals spanning industries which include, but are not limited to, healthcare, for/non-profit institutions, military, law enforcement and first responders, education, and a variety of other professions.

The following items should be sent directly to the LSUS Dean of Graduate Studies:

  1. The LSUS Graduate Studies Application for Graduate Admission, complying with all applicable guidelines and standards official copies of transcripts of all prior college work attempted.
  2. Master's degree from regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.5/4.0. Applicants with a cumulative graduate GPA between 3.0 and 3.49 may be considered for admission following the formal review process and an admission decision by the Department Chair of Leadership Studies.
  3. All official transcripts from institutions where coursework has been attempted.

The following items should be sent directly to the Leadership Studies Department:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Professional recommendation letters from three sources
  3. Purpose statement from the applicant including:
    • How the degree fits within the applicant's professional and personal goals
    • The applicant's professional experience and how the applicant believes this will contribute to the program
    • The coursework, professional experience, or other professional development that has prepared the applicant for conducting doctoral level research
    • The applicant's area of research where there is a strong interest (leadership, health communication and leadership, or disaster preparedness and emergency management) and to explain the potential study that the applicant may want to develop.

Applicants who are selected to continue to the next round of review will be contacted for an interview via Online Video Service (Zoom, Skype, Adobe Connect, etc.) Final notification of admission status will be provided upon the completion of reviews and selection of applicants.

Questions regarding the application process may be directed to the Leadership Studies Department.

Please note: The Ed.D. program is a competitive admissions program and as such, not all applicants who apply will be admitted. Each concentration accepts approximately 7-10 new students per year.

Career Opportunities Online Doctorate of Education in Leadership Studies

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Chief Human Resources Officer
  • College President
  • College Faculty
  • Chief Learning Officer
  • Provost
  • Health Care Clinic Director
  • Health Administrator
  • Hospital Communications Director
  • Director of Emergency Response

What Will I Learn? Online Doctorate of Education in Leadership Studies

In the online EdD in Leadership Studies, students will be given the opportunity to develop these attributes through engaging courses, research endeavors, and interactive networking experiences.

Topics covered in this degree include:

  • Leadership theory focusing on practical data-driven results
  • Group dynamics and motivation
  • The mentoring and coaching process for cultivating future leaders
  • Building efficient learning and development opportunities
  • The use of power, politics, and influence in organizations
  • Data collection, analysis, and research techniques to inform practice

Why Choose This Program? Online Doctorate of Education in Leadership Studies

As a 100% Online program, courses are available from anywhere in the world. Courses are offered in an accelerated format, year-round, at one course per 7-week session. We offer 1-course or 2-courses per session. Students can choose which they would like to pursue. At 2-courses per session, all core and concentration courses may be completed in 4 semesters (8 sessions) and the time to completion is just over 2 years. Otherwise, at 1-course per session, completion takes approximately 3.5 years. 

This degree offers small class sizes, access to faculty, weekly Zoom meetings for class, cutting edge curriculum with opportunities to network worldwide with professionals from diverse industries and opportunities for research and conference presentations.