• Doctor of Executive Leadership (DEL)

    Online, with an annual 1-week Charleston Residence

    Why UC

    Designed to be widely applicable to those who want to maximize their executive value.

    Online format with web conferencing and five-day annual residency at UC in Charleston, WV.

    A professional research doctorate designed to develop senior level leaders.

    Maximize your executive value through this widely applicable program.

    Three year, rigorous program balancing scholarship with practical application.

    About the DEL

    The DEL is widely applicable to those seeking to maximize their executive value to organizations, communities and institutions. This rigorous program will develop your skills as a senior-level leader who can integrate theory with practice, and extend your knowledge to a wide variety of industries or sectors.




    What You’ll Learn

    The DEL program can help you advance in your career with confidence through the rigorous study of strategy, research methodology and presentation, leadership, business theory, and more. Our DEL program is designed to train you in the effective use of business principles, while providing skill development and understanding of a wide range of areas. The DEL is a research based program, and you will work both in groups and individually to complete the curriculum.


    Admission Requirements

    To be eligible for admission to the DEL, you need to have completed a master’s or first professional degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution.

    In addition to the application (including a nonrefundable $75 application fee), prospective DEL students must submit:

    • Licensure or Credential Information, Career Focus, Personal Skills Assessment
    • A discussion paper of approximately 1,500 to 2,500 words (about six to ten double-spaced pages of 12-point type) in which you reflect on your motivation for pursuing the DEL and explain how the degree will help you explore your academic and professional interests and goals. You should also address the qualities and experiences you would contribute to a doctoral leadership cohort. The paper is an important part of the admission committee’s decision making process.
    • A résumé or curriculum vitae. Your current résumé should include your education and work history, honors and awards, publications and presentations, research experience (if any), and participation in professional and community organizations.
    • Official transcripts. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended must be in a sealed envelope and sent directly to UC Admissions If your degree is from a college or university outside of the United States, you should first contact the DEL program coordinator to determine whether a transcript evaluation is needed. If you are not a native speaker of English, you may also be required to submit a score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
    • Two confidential recommendations, one personal and one professional.Download the application reference form. Professional references can be from supervisors, colleagues, or professors.

    An interview with the admissions committee, conducted in person or by telephone, is required of all applicants. Once your application materials are received, a representative from the UC School of Business and Leadership will contact you for an admission interview.



    How Much Will it Cost Me?

    View our Tuition & Fees page for detailed information.


    Fact Sheet

    Download the DEL Fact Sheet

    Find out more about this program by downloading our Fact Sheet – a brief view of what our program is all about.

    Curriculum & Course Catalog

    Download the Curriculum & Course Catalog

    Our Academic Catalog can help you find out more about program requirements, look at other areas of study that might be of interest, and offer information about all of our course offerings.

    Course Descriptions

    Download the Course Descriptions

    To find out more about the classes you will take in this program, you can download our course descriptions.


    Program Faculty

    Ruth Wylie
    Ruth Wylie

    Director, Doctor of Executive Leadership

    Shari Frisinger
    Dr. Shari Frisinger

    Assistant Professor and Texas Representative

    DEL Admissions Representatives

    David Cooper
    David Cooper

    Administrative Coordinator, Leadership Programs