Program Format

Doctorate in Leadership


Summer Institute

The program commences with the Summer Institute, a two-week, all-day seminar of study, which is held at Stritch's main campus in Milwaukee. This summer curriculum sequence is comprised of a Leadership in Learning and Service Institute throughout this three year program. Each institute provides focused seminar study of current leadership research, theory and practice. Introductory seminars to the doctoral study and research are integrated into a conference-style atmosphere with numerous speakers, facilitators, and workshops on cutting-edge topics in leadership, learning and service.

Fall/Spring Weekend Seminar

The fall/spring weekend seminar meets at the candidate's choice of either Cardinal Stritch University City Center in downtown Milwaukee or the Robert Morris University campus located in downtown Chicago. The curriculum sequence provides a six semester series of weekend academic seminars supplemented by study team sessions. Classes in Milwaukee meet one weekend per month during the fall and spring semesters: Fridays 4-8 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sundays 10 a.m.-2 p.m.Classes in Chicago meet two Saturdays per month during the fall and spring semesters, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The academic seminars engage directed study of leadership, learning, service and research. The learning team sessions provide for completion of academic seminar assignments and continuing exploration of leadership study.

Cohort Group

Students enroll in a cohort group with approximately 24 members. Each cohort group begins with an introductory seminar. Members of the cohort group support and challenge one another to accomplish goals, study together, collaborate on projects, and teach each other what they learn about leadership through community service and individualized study.

Study Teams

Each cohort is composed of study teams of three to five students. The study team is responsible for meeting together in a location and time apart from the regularly scheduled seminar meetings. For each seminar, the study team supports individual member’s exploration of leadership theory and influences through readings, experiences, case studies and models. The study team will set its own agenda that meets the needs of its members, documents activities, shares its findings in a seminar session, and evaluates its effectiveness as a model of a learning community.

Community Mentor

The Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service employs a unique program through the support of a community mentor during students' doctoral studies. The doctoral student will collaborate to select a community mentor who also reflects the student’s background, interests, and goals. The mentor serves as an external support and advisor who is grounded in the real world of leadership, learning, and service. Mentors have a wealth of knowledge and experience that can be shared with the doctoral student.

Technology Component

Enrollment in the doctoral program requires competence in the use of electronic media to facilitate efficient and environmentally conscious communications among constituents, regardless of locations. Students will be expected to have access to a personal computer for email, word processing, spreadsheets, graphic displays, and the use of the Internet for research and networking.