Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership – Human Resource Development

The Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership, offered online with minimal on-campus residency, is a research-based terminal degree that will prepare you to influence and invigorate organizations around the world as a scholar, teacher or business leader. Through the concentration in Human Resource Development you will gain expertise in the dynamics that contribute to the growth of an organization's human resources.

  • Conduct original research in the area of human resource development from individual, group and team perspectives.
  • Explore ethics and trends in learner-centered leadership and prepare a paper to present at an academic conference.
  • Understand how to facilitate learning from the perspective of the learner and the instructor.

Career Opportunities: Be prepared to teach organizational leadership or human resource development studies at the university level or conduct research in association with government, corporations and think tanks.

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Delivery Format: Online w/Residency

Total Credit Hours Required: 60

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

Application Deadlines:

Fall: July 1*
Spring: December 1*
Summer: April 1*

*Or until the cohort is full. To determine if space is available, please contact the Admissions Office at sbladmissions@regent.edu or 757.352.4400.

Applicants must submit all materials, noted below, by the deadline to be considered for the appropriate term.

Doctoral Degree Requirements for Admission

When applying to the Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership or the Doctor of Strategic Leadership programs, the admissions committee, comprised of several faculty members, will use a rubric to independently evaluate and score each of the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement in bachelor's and master's programs
  • Writing quality
  • Alignment of personal goals to Ph.D. or DSL outcomes
  • Number of years in leadership positions
  • Leadership development and impact
  • Number of leadership positions held

Prerequisites:

Doctoral applicants must:

  • Hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution, as evaluated by a credential evaluating agency.
  • Submit all application materials such that they are received by the deadline for the semester to which they are applying. Once the application requirements have been fulfilled, an admissions interview may be requested. Interviews are by invitation only.

 Admissions Process:

1. Complete Your Online Application

Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.                

2. Pay Your $50 Application Fee

Option 1: Pay the $50 application fee online during the application process, via our Miscellaneous Payments Form, or by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Option 2: Attend a Graduate School of Business & Leadership on-campus or online information session to learn how to streamline your application process, discover financial aid resources, and waive your $50 application feeRSVP Today!

3. Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts

We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcripts from U.S.-based schools, which indicate successful completion of bachelor's and master's degree programs, in order to review you for an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SBL Doctoral Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.

International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University's Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institutions, which indicate successful completion of bachelor's and master's degree programs. We will notify you if your previous institutions will not release transcripts directly to us.

4. Send Your Professional Resume

Provide an updated copy of your professional resume or curriculum vitae that includes:

  • Employment history with details of leadership responsibilities, skill sets and results – the committee looks at both quantity and quality of responsibilities
  • School, community and church leadership positions – the committee looks at both quantity and quality of positions
  • Service activities in which you have been involved
  • Academic and non-academic honors and distinctions you have received

Your resume should be emailed directly to the Admissions Office at apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SBL Doctoral Application Pieces.

5. Complete Your Admissions Survey

Please complete a brief admissions survey based on your professional goals and interests. This should only take a few minutes to complete but please answer the questions completely and thoughtfully. This gives us a better opportunity to get to know you and align your objectives with our programs.

The admissions survey can be found here. Once completed, our admission office will be able to upload this to your application file.

6. Submit a Leadership Essay (with Citations) or Graduate Degree Paper (with Citations)

Leadership specific writing samples play an important role in helping the Admissions Committee evaluate a doctoral applicant's research, writing and analytical and problem-solving skills. Your essay should be on "The Most Pressing Leadership Issue of Today" and emailed directly to the Admissions Office at apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SBL Doctoral Application Pieces.

ESSAY

Writing samples play an important role in helping the Admissions Committee evaluate a doctoral applicant's research, writing, analytical and problem-solving skills.

Please provide a separate essay to address the topic: "The most pressing leadership issue of today."

The body (excludes a title page or a reference page) of this writing sample should not exceed one page in length (single spaced, 12-point type).

The Admissions Committee will evaluate the essay based on the following criteria:

  1. Thesis Development and Critical Thinking. The thesis expresses the main idea of the paper in one sentence and informs the reader of the paper's focus. Critical thinking is the act of examining, analyzing and evaluating information followed by the drawing of accurate conclusions. Thesis development and critical thinking include the following four key elements: (a) thesis, (b) argument, (c) research and (d) analysis.
  2. Organization. The structure or outline of the essay assists with the development of the argument and includes fluid transitions to achieve coherence between paragraphs.
  3. Paragraph Development. The structure of each paragraph within the outline is vital to the overall stability of the essay and includes the use of transitions and language within each paragraph.
  4. Mechanics. Clarity through spelling, grammar, punctuation and capitalization is vital in any written document.
  5. Style (APA, MLA or other acceptable style). At the doctoral level, it is important to adhere to a particular writing style as required by the specific academic or professional publication in which one desires to be published. Therefore, the applicant should compose the essay in APA, MLA or other acceptable style. In addition, the applicant should identify the style being used in the writing sample. It is important that the writing sample exhibit the style's guidelines in the areas of: (a) in-text citations, (b) reference list, (c) title, (d) headings, (e) sub-headings, (f) numbers, (g) serial content, (h) quotes, (i) punctuation, etc. While these styles typically require double spacing, we request that, in the case of this writing sample, applicants use single spacing so the essay does not exceed one page.

Your essay should be emailed directly to the Admissions Office at apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SBL Doctoral Application Pieces.

GRADUATE DEGREE PAPER

If you are opting to submit the Graduate Degree Paper, please ensure this is a submission that contains citations. 

Your graduate degree paper should be emailed directly to the Admissions Office at apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SBL Doctoral Application Pieces

Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership  - $995 per credit hour*

Student Fees

Cost Per Semester

Enrollment Deposit

$500

RU Library Course Fee

$50 (one-time fee)

ENGL 500-01 Graduate Academic Writing Course

$70

Technology Fee                 

$300

Residency

$350 per residency (All students are responsible for their own lodging, travel arrangements and incidental expenses.)

Parking Fee (on-campus students only)

$100

Council of Graduate Students Fee                                
(on-campus students only)

$15 per semester (fall & spring only)

Estimated Additional Expenses

 Cost Per Semester

Books

$250-$350 per 3-credit-hour course

Computer-related Expenses

Variable

*Rates are subject to change at any time. TITLE IV LOANS: If students are receiving Title IV Federal Student Loans, they are permitted to enroll in the same course number a maximum of only two semesters. Therefore, doctoral students are encouraged to carefully plan the dissertation/final project stage of their program.

Doctoral Residency

Future Residency Dates

Spring 2018 January 16-19, 2018

Summer 2018

May 14-17, 2018

Fall 2018 August 27-30, 2018

The School of Business & Leadership is committed to the historical foundations of the doctoral degree in which a community of scholars is created among faculty mentors and student scholars. Regent University mirrors this historical tradition by using student cohorts, intensive on-campus residencies and a variety of interactive discussion modes that extend beyond topical course discourse.

The Ph.D. and DSL programs in the School of Business & Leadership include two required residencies, each covering four days and held on the campus of Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The first residency covers program orientation and guidelines, the library use course (UNIV LIB Information Research & Resources) as well as in-class instruction for the first two courses of the core curriculum. The second residency focuses on class instruction for the courses to be taken in the semester as well as doctoral program requirements such as comprehensive exams, doctoral dissertation, DSL Integrative Paper and Final Project.

Registering for Residency

All students must register for their courses through GENISYS by using the Regent login and password they received from the Regent IT Helpdesk once their enrollment form and deposit were processed following acceptance into the doctoral program. Consult your Approved Degree Plan and academic advisor for registration assistance.

The residency fee is attached to one of the courses and includes breakfast and lunch (Monday through Thursday) and dinner (Monday through Wednesday) in the Swan Terrace at The Founders Inn & Spa. Dinner is on your own on Thursday, the final day of residency. Morning and afternoon break refreshments will be provided on campus.

All students are responsible for their own lodging, travel arrangements and incidental expenses associated with the residencies.

Lodging for the Spring 2018 Residency, January 16-19, 2018

All students are responsible for their own lodging, travel arrangements and incidental expenses associated with the residencies. The Founders Inn & Spa is the student preferred and recommended residency hotel. It is adjacent to Regent University and within walking distance to the entire campus. The School of Business & Leadership works closely with The Founders Inn and has secured a special residency rates. The number of discounted rooms is limited, so early reservations are highly encouraged. Students should plan to arrive the evening before the start of residency and depart after 4:00 pm the final day of residency.

The Founders Inn & Spa will honor the group rates for reservations received by Saturday, December 16, 2017. The following rates include taxes and fees:

  • Standard Colonial Queen: $101.18
  • Standard Colonial Double: $101.18

Make an online reservation now for the Spring 2018 Residency, or call The Founders Inn reservation desk at 757.366.5700 (Group code: 571180). Guests must identify their affiliation with SBL Spring Residency at the time the reservation is made. Guests arriving prior to the start of event or leaving after the conclusion, will be extended the same rate as above, based on availability.

Should you have any questions regarding residency, please contact the appropriate staff member:

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