Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service

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.


The Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service prepares students to make significant contributions to their organization and community. The course of study is designed for educators, professionals, and researchers representing all disciplines and professions.

The program’s ultimate goal is to transform individuals, organizations and communities in ways that can enhance the quality of life for society as a whole.

Our faculty are not only experts in adult education, but they have professional experience in the subject matter that they are teaching; thereby combing theory with practice in a classroom environment that is engaging for students and effective for learning.

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Program Format

In this program, students can earn either a Ph.D., which is more research-based, or an Ed.D., which is more practitioner-oriented. The doctoral program has been in existence since 1998, and has enrolled 559 students over the years.

The curriculum emphasizes practical aspects of leadership, learning, and service. The schedule of the program is designed with students in mind, and the faculty practice brain-based, adult teaching methods. Each year, students participate in a two-week summer institute that provides speakers from all over the world in a conference-like setting, addressing the major current issues in leadership, learning, and service.

Students start working on their dissertation in the first year in order to fully connect the learning with the research. All of the courses are fully integrated with one another, just like they would be in the real world. Students do not learn about research in isolation, but rather the practical value of research when it comes to leadership skills and responsibilities.

Courses Are Available

  • Face-to-face

Semesters to Join

  • Summer (June)

Application Requirements

  • Official transcripts submitted to the Office of Admissions
  • Three structured reference forms
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Formal written paper
  • An interview with one of the doctoral faculty

Applicants educated outside of the U.S. must follow academic admission procedures relating to English ability and credential evaluation.

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Students, families, and employers know Stritch as a university that helps students find their mission, develop new skills, gain relevant career experience, and expand their professional networks. With a network of more than 34,000 graduates, our alumni are successful in their roles at nonprofits, schools, small companies, health care organizations, corporations, and entrepreneurial ventures.