Ph.D. On Campus

Leadership Studies

University of San Diego

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Realize your fullest potential as an expert in collaborative, compassionate and effective leadership. At the nation's first doctoral program in Leadership Studies from University of San Diego, you'll embark on an immersive and innovative experience, enjoying close engagement and mentorship from faculty along the way.


You'll emerge empowered as a leader and/or researcher, scholar, educator and practitioner. 

Key Features 

  • And you'll be poised to make significant contributions to the field of Leadership Studies while addressing some of our communities' most pressing needs. 
  • Whether your Leadership Studies degree from University of San Diego takes you into the entrepreneurial realm, into academics, into nonprofits or any other place in need of your skills, you'll find fulfillment, significance and adventure.

Programme Structure

Focus on one of five specialties: 

  • Higher Education Leadership
  • Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leadership
  • Coaching and Organizational Consulting
  • Educational Leadership for Innovation 
  • Social Justice, Leadership for International School Leaders

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On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The University of San Diego Graduate School Admission Application and $45 application fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Recommenders’ Contact Information
  • Official transcripts from the university where you earned your master’s degree and bachelor’s degree are required at the time of application.
  • Three professional letters of recommendation from professors or employers. We strongly recommend that at least one of the letters be from a professor who can address your academic abilities and potential, and overall promise as a doctoral student.
  • A current resumé or curriculum vitae
  • Statement of Purpose
  • English Proficiency

Tuition Fee

Living costs for San Diego

1400 - 2455 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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