First Doctoral Program to Begin in the Fall

Hood College will offer its first doctoral degrees in the fall 2016, and the program is now accepting applications.

Developed in consultation with regional business, government, education and nonprofit constituencies, the doctoral program in organizational leadership is a three-year, 60-credit program that leads to one of two degrees—the doctorate of organizational leadership (DOL) and the doctorate of business administration (DBA) in organizational leadership. This program is designed to prepare leaders in business, education, the nonprofit sector and government to meet the personal and professional challenges of the future.

Through an integrated curriculum that explores values and leadership philosophy, students are equipped for lives of responsibility, leadership and service. Participants are encouraged to be lifelong learners who engage in self-assessment, reflection and evaluation. Unlike other doctoral programs available in Maryland, it offers practicing professionals a choice of two avenues to advance their leadership capacity through a terminal degree.

The DPOL is geared toward mid-career professionals who hold leadership positions within their organizations or have a strong desire to ascend to that level. They have earned a master’s degree and have at least eight to 10 years of progressively responsible experience in their career fields.

The program is expected to start with 18 students in the first year and grow to a total of about 50 enrolled students in three years. DOL and DBA candidates advance together, as a cohort, through core leadership, research, specialization and capstone tiers. They differentiate their degree pursuits in the specialization tier.

The DPOL is founded on the four pillars of leadership excellence: mindfulness, resource stewardship, systems thinking and community commitment. Doctoral candidates learn to guide their organizations and their communities through the challenges of the 21st century and to make decisions based not only on financial performance but also on social and environmental criteria. Doctoral course work prepares them to use benchmarking and evidence-based research to improve organizational effectiveness and efficiency.

The program goals are to:

  • Develop leaders who are well versed in the triple-bottom-line sustainability paradigm—economic, social and environmental;
  • Equip leaders with the skills and competencies to initiate and manage change in today’s competitive environment;
  • Educate and train leaders to employ pedagogical, empirical and research skills to initiate, conduct and evaluate independent research;
  • Provide a forum for area professionals to network and collaborate with others who share their interests in leadership, service and development of communities;
  • Enable candidates to customize their studies based on work context, educational background and career aspirations; and
  • Advance frontiers of theoretical knowledge and practical application in leadership.

The degrees will complement Hood’s 16 master’s degrees and 12 post-baccalaureate certificate and certification programs. The College has been offering graduate degrees since 1971.

For admission requirements and additional information, visit www.hood.edu/DPOL.

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