Leadership Studies


The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program in Leadership Studies is an interdisciplinary terminal degree offered by the School of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Policy (EFLP) in the College of Education and Human Development at Bowling Green State University.  This post-master’s program is designed to engage individuals in a rigorous process of inquiry, practice, and reflection. Individuals entering this program are typically individuals who hold master’s degrees in academic disciplines, have several years of successful professional/leadership experience, and are interested in preparing themselves for faculty positions in colleges or universities or leadership positions in a host of organizations including: educational settings, human resource institutions, business, and other public and private organizations. The primary aim of the Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies is to prepare individuals to exercise leadership that will transform the organizations they work within and thereby enable those organizations to attain specific goals and objectives as well as maintain their legitimacy within society.



Students in the program come from a wide variety of professional fields, including elementary and secondary education, higher education, business, law, law enforcement, government, medicine, nursing, healthcare, psychology, and social work.  Although not leading specifically to administrative licensure, coursework included in the Ed.D. program may also be used to qualify individuals for a variety of Ohio school administrative licensures. The students in the Leadership Studies program enroll in cohorts, on either a three-year full-time basis, or a four-year part-time basis.

The Leadership Studies Program consists of three distinct yet integrated components. The core of the program explores the construct of leadership from a variety of vantage points including organizational change, adult development, ethical leadership, and institutional policy. The research sequence of the program provides students the required skill to be critical consumers and producers of research. The sequence culminates with a dissertation proposal course, allowing students to refine their individual research ideas. The final component is an elective/cognate area that allows students to hone their personal professional technical knowledge. These components together allow program graduates to have the skills, understandings, and dispositions to be leaders in their respective fields upon graduation.  


The Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies is a popular and competitive program that offers:

  • Cohort based dynamic face to face interaction
  • Convenient evening classes for demanding professional schedules
  • Full and part time curricular matriculation
  • Competitive graduate assistantships covering tuition and/or stipends
  • A research-based interdisciplinary focus that builds on and extends leadership capacity
  • Experienced, knowledgeable student-centered faculty

Click here for more information about the Application and Admission Requirements.