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Doctoral Degree Essay

To assist us in your evaluation, please complete these essay questions. Your response is your opportunity to articulate your goals and will be used by the Admissions Committee to determine an admissions decision.


  • Strive for clarity and specificity.
  • Response should not exceed 500 total words (about one page single spaced).

In your response, please answer the following questions:

  1. Describe your personal and professional goals and how a degree from the School of Business & Leadership will help you facilitate your objectives. Review the program descriptions below to assist you in your response.

    Doctor of Strategic Leadership (DSL)
    An applied, multidisciplinary doctoral program emphasizing organizational transformation through consulting, management and executive leadership.
    Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership (Ph.D.)
    A research-based, multidisciplinary degree for individuals called to influence the field of leadership through think tanks, scholarly research, academia and other influential positions.

  2. Why have you selected Regent University to help you achieve these objectives?

  3. Doctoral programs in the School of Business & Leadership are rigorous but rewarding. Please comment on personal attributes as well as previous experiences that are reflective of your ability to successfully complete a doctorate-level program. You are encouraged to be creative in your answer, but here are some suggestions of information you may want to consider when crafting your response:

    • Previous academic and professional experiences that document your capacity for learning.

    • Personal characteristics you will contribute to the program.

    • What makes you a good candidate for this program.

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