DSL – Strategic Foresight

School of Business & Leadership

Delivery Format: Online w/Residency

Total Credit Hours Required: 60

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

The Doctor of Strategic Leadership (DSL), offered online with minimal on-campus residency, is a terminal professional degree that will help you meet today's organizational challenges so that you're prepared to renew and transform systems and teams. The DSL emphasizes leadership, communication, structure, team building and cultural understanding from a Christian perspective. You will be grounded in theory and practical components essential to organizational success. Through the concentration in Strategic Foresight, you will be prepared to understand the intricacies of organizational change and how to lead strategic initiatives as you identify future opportunities and challenges.

  • Lead a scenario learning process for a leadership team that analyzes trends and tests organizational strategy against a range of possible futures.
  • Map an organization's complexities by identifying stock and flow, links and loops and then use computer models to generate alternative scenarios.
  • Conduct an audit of a client organization and offer suggestions on how they might advance their mission by reworking their planning cycle.

Career Opportunities

  • Corporate, Military & Government Consulting
  • Executive Leadership for Business, Nonprofits, Educational Institutions, Government Agencies & the Military

2018-2019 Semester Check-In Deadlines:

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester 2 weeks prior to the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

Session

Semester Check-In

Session Start Date

Session A

Wednesday, August 15

Monday, August 27

Session M

Wednesday, September 12

Monday, September 24

Session B

Wednesday, October 17

Monday, October 29

Session C

Wednesday, January 2

Monday, January 14

Session T

Wednesday, January 30

Monday, February 11

Session D

Wednesday, March 6

Monday, March 18

Session E

Wednesday, May 1

Monday, May 13

Session F

Wednesday, June 12

Monday, June 24

 

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 Questionnaire

Please complete a brief admissions questionnaire 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 questionnaire can be found here. Once completed, our admission office will be able to upload this to your application file.

 

Tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year is:

Degree Level / Program Cost Per Credit Hour
Doctor of Strategic Leadership $995 per credit (In-state & Out-of-state)

 

Student Fees Per Semester

Enrollment Deposit $500
University Services Fee (Online Students) $550
Residency $350 per residency (All students are responsible for their own lodging, travel arrangements and incidental expenses.)
ENGL 500-01 Graduate Academic Writing Course $70
RU Library Course Fee $50 (one-time fee)

*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.

Learn more about scholarships and financial aid.

Doctoral Residency

Future Residency Dates

Fall 2018 August 27-30, 2018
Spring 2019 January 14-17, 2019
Summer 2019 May 13-16, 2019

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 Fall 2018 Residency, August 27-30, 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 Friday, July 27, 2018. The following rates include taxes and fees:

  • Standard Colonial Queen: $149.06
  • Standard Colonial Double: $171.86

Make an online reservation now for the Fall 2018 Residency, or call The Founders Inn reservation desk at 757.366.5700 (Group code: 591949). Guests must identify their affiliation with SBL Fall 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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