Doctorate in Leadership

The Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service provides advanced study in leadership that prepares graduates to make significant contributions to their organizations and communities.


A new cohort starts once a year in June. The program starts with a two-week, all-day Summer Institute, which is held at Stritch's main campus in Milwaukee. Upon completion of the Institute, classes meet 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. 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 12-4 p.m. Classes in Chicago meet two Saturdays per month during the fall and spring semesters, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The program is designed for professions with present or emerging leadership responsibilities in a variety of learning communities: universities, colleges, business and industry, health care institutions, community organizations, social services, unions, libraries, government agencies, vocational education, staff training programs, consulting organizations, international agencies, as well as K-12 public, private and parochial schools. Participants share a common interest in leadership and may use their own work sites as a focus of graduate study. In essence, the program is designed to facilitate the development of effective leaders across a broad community.

The Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service is a natural extension of Stritch’s commitment to live and promote the Franciscan values of peacemaking, community, caring and hospitality. More specifically, the program involves the entire Stritch community in preparing men and women with leadership skills, cutting-edge knowledge and community-based opportunities to exercise responsible leadership in their organizations and communities.

Stritch also offers the Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education. The program is designed for current and aspiring leaders working in two- and four-year colleges and universities and community and technical colleges who seek to be a catalyst for meaningful change within their organization.