The Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service provides advanced study in leadership that prepares you to make significant contributions to your organization and community. 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. You and other participants will share a common interest in leadership and may use your own work site as a focus of graduate study. In essence, the program is designed to facilitate the development of effective leaders across a broad community. The program is a natural extension of our commitment to live and promote the Franciscan values of making peace, creating a caring community, showing compassion and reverencing all of creation. 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.
The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time. Please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.
To be considered for admission into the program, candidates must submit the following:
Application for admission:
Ph.D. Application Questions
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, including evidence of master's degree completion.
- Evidence of grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in master's coursework.
- Portfolio consisting of, but not limited to, the criteria listed below
- Curriculum vitae that documents formal education, professional work experience, honors, achievements, and activities related to education.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Please provide a personal statement, no longer than 1 page in length, discussing your professional achievements, your research interests and your positive impact on the community you serve.
- A writing sample consisting of a formal essay with a total of 4 pages double spaced 11 pt. font total for all seven prompts
- Tell us about a time when you received professional feedback and how you acted upon it.
- Tell us about a time when you effectively collaborated with someone else and what was the outcome? Was this a chosen or assigned collaboration?
- Discuss a time when you demonstrated cultural competence.
- Discuss a time when you had to have a difficult conversation with a co-worker or a direct report. How was the relationship with the person following the conversation?
- Discuss a time when you participated in a significant change process.
- Discuss the role that service has played in your personal and professional life.
- Discuss the role or appeal of one of the following Franciscan Values for you: Making Peace, Building a Caring Community, Showing Compassion, Reverencing all of Creation.