Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership

 |  Fall 2016

DOLFor a number of years, professionals in the region have been asking a very important question, “When will Hood offer a doctoral program?” In response, the Graduate School at Hood College is pleased to launch its first doctoral program this fall. The Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership is a 60-credit program that offers candidates the choice of a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) for those practicing professionals in business and industry or the Doctorate in Organizational Leadership (DOL) for those in education, nonprofit, military and government fields. The program was jointly designed by faculty from the education, educational leadership and business administration programs. Professors Bands, Jose, Stenersen and Weaver spent three years developing the program and involved the business and education communities in shaping the program.

The doctoral program seeks to “prepare leaders and transform communities.” This fall, 20 extraordinary leaders will begin their programs of study and be the first cohort to complete their degrees in the summer 2019. As a cohort, the doctoral students will move through their programs of study together, developing their leadership skills and competencies, building their research skills to conduct and evaluate independent research and making connections with leaders from the region. The program is built around four pillars of leadership—mindful leadership; systems thinking; leading with a sustainable framework focused on the economic, social and environmental dimensions; and building community—providing candidates with the opportunity to study leadership from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The doctoral program is designed for working professionals with eight to 10 years of progressively responsible experience in their fields. The cohort selection process is designed to bring together professionals with varied educational backgrounds and careers to develop a community of leaders who collaborate, learn and grow together. The program will run year-round so leaders can complete their degrees in just three years. Candidates will take 21 credits of core leadership courses, gain research skills through three research methodology courses, complete three specialization courses tied to their personal and professional goals, and finish their programs with their research-based capstone project.

The next cohort will begin in fall of 2017. For additional information about the Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership, visit

By Kathleen Bands, Ph.D.

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