• Ph.D. in Leadership Studies

    Lead with Distinction.

    Through our commitment to servant leadership, we develop you for the leadership role you have today—and in the future. Our experienced faculty work alongside your particular interests to guide you to the next level of excellence in your chosen field.

Ph.D. in Leadership Studies Graduate Facts

In the Ph.D. in Leadership Studies program, our goal is to produce Christian servant leaders, scholars, and global thinkers. Our graduates are able to take the skills and competencies developed through critical thinking, writing, research skills, and leadership concepts to further their current leadership roles and future leadership potential. As a result, we have Ph.D. graduates serving in a variety of leadership positions in higher education, business, and ministry around the world. Some of these include:

  • University and Seminary Presidents
  • University Vice Presidents
  • University & Seminary Deans
  • Company Presidents & CEOs
  • Senior Pastors & Executive Pastors
  • University Professors & Directors
  • Senior Systems Engineers
  • Ministry Executive Directors & Church Ministers

Our interdisciplinary approach creates a rich classroom environment, which leads to networking opportunities that benefit our graduates throughout their careers.

Contact the Director

Mary Nelson, Ph.D.
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"The Ph.D. in Leadership challenges students as scholars all the while cultivating their strengths as leaders and galvanizing their pursuit of God's calling."

— Dr. Mary Nelson, Ph.D. Director

“At DBU, you will have the opportunity to exchange ideas with other top leaders in business, education, government, ministry, and other disciplines.”

— Dr. Jeremy Dutschke

“Being a part of the Gary Cook School of Leadership remains one of the defining moments not only in my educational pursuits, but also in my life and journey as a follower of Jesus.”

— Dr. Marcus Goodloe, Ph.D. Graduate

“The thing that drew me to DBU was the opportunity to pursue a degree that was Christ-centered and had the discipline and rigor associated with the formal Ph.D. program.”

— Dr. Doug Lawson, Ph.D. Graduate

“The Ph.D. in Leadership Studies professors are my coaches spurring me on to become the leader God has called me to be.”

— Dr. Joseph Myung
Senior Pastor, San Diego, CA

“The Leadership Studies Ph.D. at DBU is a life-changing experience. Hard work and challenge await those who enter the program, but the results are personally and professionally rewarding.”

— Dr. Chris Medenwald, Ph.D. Graduate