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PhD in Organizational Leadership - Ecclesial Leadership

Discover Regent University's Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership with a Concentration in Ecclesial Leadership program, a degree that's designed to create new leaders in the Christian community. Read on to learn more about this online doctoral program.

Official Program Name:

Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership with a Concentration in Ecclesial Leadership

School Offering Program:

Regent University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Regent University expects applicants to this Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership with a Concentration in Ecclesial Leadership program to have well-developed writing skills, demonstrated leadership abilities, and strong Christian values. All applicants to Regent University doctoral programs are required to hold a master's degree from an accredited institution; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Regent University developed the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership with a Concentration in Ecclesial Leadership with the goal of creating thoughtful, knowledgeable, and powerful leaders for Christian churches around the globe. The program intends to blend theories in leadership with strategies for responding to organizational change. Students might learn philosophical, theological, denominational, and historical developments in the church and get an understanding of how these combine in today's religious climate. Coursework takes a deep look at qualitative and quantitative research methods, complex data analysis, and organizational behavior.

Learning Format:

Online (with two 4-day residencies)

Program Length:

60 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Regent University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership with a Concentration in Ecclesial Leadership:

Students can complete their dissertation and classwork for the required 60 credit hours online and meet for two 4-day residencies on the Virginia Beach campus of Regent University. Contact Regent University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Core Courses (60 credits)

  • Information Research and Resources
  • Regent Foundations for Graduate Success
  • Exegetical Research Methods
  • Contemporary Perspectives in Organizational Leadership Theory
  • First Residency
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Exegetical Analysis Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Quantitative Analysis Methods
  • Organization Theory & Design
  • Second Residency
  • Qualitative Analysis Methods
  • Group Behavior
  • Advanced Analysis
  • Ecclesial Leadership Theology & Philosophy
  • Historic Research & Ecclesial Leadership
  • Ecclesial Organizational Design & Leadership Development
  • Spiritual Formation & the Ecclesial Leader
  • Seminar: Contemporary Challenges & the Future of Ecclesial Leadership
  • Capstone
  • Dissertation Research I
  • Dissertation Research II
  • Dissertation Research III
  • Dissertation Research IV
  • Dissertation Research V

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

This terminal degree program is designed to teach students historical ecclesial perspectives, help them analyze research, and guide them to become leaders in the Christian community. These skills could help them in a variety of research, education, or business leadership roles. Some of the options graduates might consider include:

  • Researcher for nonprofits and think tanks
  • University faculty
  • Consultant

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