Administration and Leadership Studies, PhD

  • PhD in Administration and Leadership Studies students in the classroomAN INTERDISCIPLINARY PROGRAM FOR EMERGING LEADERS: This unique doctoral program is designed with working professionals in mind. Classes are offered in Indiana and Harrisburg.

  • Become a Leader-Scholar in the Nonprofit and Public Sectors

    The PhD in Administration and Leadership Studies is a cohort-based program that admits between 15 and 20 students at a time-in even years at our main campus in Indiana, and in odd years at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg. Because we recognize that you may be a working professional, classes are offered evenings and /or weekends.

    This unique doctorate program is taught by an interdisciplinary faculty from the Sociology and Economics departments. Our unique and specialized program allows you to hone your ability to make meaningful contributions to the civic, economic, social, and cultural well-being of the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.

  • Accepting Applications

    We are currently accepting applications for the 2021 cohort. Classes start summer 2021 on IUP’s Harrisburg campus.

    Applications are encouraged before March 15; however, those received after will be reviewed until all available seats in the cohort are filled.

    Please contact for additional information.

  • Mathilda Spencer

    Inspired By Professor’s Approach

    “I had the opportunity to be the graduate assistant to Dr. Harvey Holtz, a professor who is a great role model. He offered me autonomy and showed through his actions how to inspire learning and expand the student’s ability to think about and discuss ‘the real world.’”

    Mathilda Spencer, Class of 2015, Administration and Leadership Studies, PhD

  • The PhD in Administration and Leadership Studies will prepare you to:

    • Develop your conceptual and applied knowledge about leadership in the nonprofit and public sectors, as well as analytic and research skills needed for planning, decision-making, and evaluation.
    • Collaborate in a cohort-style curriculum, which encourages peer networking and lead to greater sharing of information and support. This is especially helpful if you are balancing graduate studies with work and family.