Leadership Doctorate: Things to know

Leadership DocColin Rivera, Staff Writer


This summer, Saint Martin’s University will be home to a new curriculum for a doctorate degree. Leadership Studies is the name of the new program, and it aims to draw in students from a large number of different fields and backgrounds. The purpose of the program is to train a new group of capable leaders who will use their knowledge for the betterment of the world. The program is meant to give the students the tools they need to lead others in solving complex problems. 

The main faculty member behind the program is provost Kathleen Boyle, Ph.D. Boyle used to teach at the University of St. Thomas in their leadership program, and holds her own doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Her goals for the program are for students to gain a holistic view of what it means to lead and how leadership can be applied. Boyle wants students to be able to prosper in whatever situation they find themselves in. 

There are several reasons why someone may be interested in the curriculum. The first is a focus on the Benedictine values present in the Saint Martin’s community. The classes teach theories on the topic of social change and transformation. The environment, if it transitions back to the classroom, will be collaborative. Also, the physical location of the school is in close proximity to many possible resources and places where such a degree can be applicable – such as the state capital.

One of the main requirements include fulfilling the leadership core classes with a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average. After completing 18 credits, a potential student must complete a faculty review, and then have an established committee review their dissertation. They must have a total of 51 credits in the program. A minimum of 15 or maximum of 30 applicants will be accepted into the first cohort.

The 33 credits, besides the core classes, come from concentration curriculum (15 credits), research curriculum (nine credits), and dissertation research (nine credits). 

Since the program is meant to take in students from all types of backgrounds, the classes are just as varied. The 800 and 900 level classes include fields such as philosophies, research, statistics, history, and politics. The time needed to complete the program, at a full graduate workload of six credits per semester, comes out to two and a half years of courses and then the dissertation. The last component is paced by the individual student, but should take another half of a year.

Leadership is a universal skill and can be used with any demographic. It can be applied in fields such as K-12 education, as well as post-secondary education. Other fields include consultation for businesses, ministry, and policy analysis. These are all fields where leadership is especially important, and difficult issues are solved. These jobs put graduates in positions that can bring people together to solve difficult issues. 

Applications to the program are now being accepted. The priority deadline is coming soon, on Apr. 15, and the final deadline is Jun. 1. 

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