of Charleston accredited?
Yes. The University of Charleston is
accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central
Association (1-800-621-7440,) www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org).
The Doctor of Executive Leadership (D.E.L.) program is part of
UC’s School of Business and Leadership, which offers degrees in leadership from
the bachelor’s through the doctoral level.
master’s degree required for admission into the D.E.L. program?
Yes. A master’s degree or equivalent first professional degree
from a regionally accredited institution is a minimum requirement for consideration
for admission to the program. Exceptions are limited and are reviewed on a case-by-case
the D.E.L. different from a Ph.D.?
The D.E.L. is designed to be a versatile, highly practical
degree that is grounded in research. Our program is academically rigorous with
the goal of creating scholar-practitioners, people who both study and practice
leadership. While it may be used as a credential for teaching, it is also
helpful for anyone working in business or industry, education, a nonprofit
organization, government, health care, or the military. Organizations need
leaders who understand how to lead in our current global environment. The
D.E.L. program will prepare you to understand and implement change, utilize
resources effectively, encourage innovative solutions to problems, access
networks and technology, and facilitate team building.
learning model does the D.E.L. program use?
The program uses a cohort model that is grounded in adult
learning theory. Participants begin and complete the program together in a
learning community. Members attend courses together, support one another in
teams, participate in guided and threaded discussions, journal to reflect on
applications of their learning, and research and report on problems and issues
pertaining to leadership.
many students are in a cohort?
Our D.E.L. cohorts usually consist of fifteen individuals. Since
we started our program, we have attracted students from across the United
States and internationally. Our students are diverse in age, gender, ethnicity,
education, experience, and background, each with a unique perspective on
leadership. We recognize that learning is enhanced by the unique contributions
of cohort members, and it is exciting to see relationships develop among the
students in each cohort.
much time do I need to set aside for my studies?
The doctoral program is intense, and requires a great deal of
reading and writing. Most students find that they need to set aside at least 20
hours a week for reading, study, online discussions with their cohort, and
there a residency requirement?
Yes. The program requires a five-day
(Thursday through Monday) campus residency each year.
transfer in credit from other doctoral or master’s programs?
No. The D.E.L. is a prescribed program.
have to write a dissertation?
Yes. The D.E.L. is designed to develop scholar practitioners who
are stewards of the leadership discipline. Stewards of the discipline generate
new knowledge, conserve existing knowledge, and transform individuals and organizations
based on their knowledge of leadership. To accomplish these goals, an action research
dissertation is required.
design my program to reflect my interests?
Yes. Each core leadership course incorporates an overview, an
in-depth, and an applied component. The in-depth and applied components allow
participants to tailor their work to reflect their interests. The dissertation
is designed for targeting specific interests as well.
How long will the
program take to complete?
The D.E.L. program requires three years to complete. Each of
the first two years consists of seven courses plus a residency. The third year consists
of a residency and three proseminars that are concurrent with the dissertation.
Will I have to quit
my job to complete this program?
No. The program combines theory and application. We
therefore expect that most participants will be actively engaged in careers
during the program
Who are my program
During your first residency, you meet the key contacts who
will provide assistance and guidance throughout the program. For academics, a faculty mentor will serve as
your advisor and advocate through the first two years of the program and then
as a member of your dissertation committee.
For nonacademic matters, the program coordinator assists
with administrative processes serves as the doctoral student concierge.