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An alumnus with a colleague: Pursue a Doctor of Strategic Leadership degree at Regent University.

DSL – Strategic Leadership

Take Your Organization to the Next Level

You want to do more than lead organizations—you’re ready to transform them. Our DSL degree emphasizes leadership, communication, structure, team building, and cultural understanding from a Christian perspective. Through this terminal professional degree, you’ll become grounded in theory and practical components essential to organizational success.

Online w/ Residency
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January 9, 2023
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MASTER THE MECHANICS OF LEADERSHIP

Explore sociology, psychology, theology, and theory to lead and transform organizations.

EXCEL IN ADMINISTRATION

Understand the intricacies of organizational assessment, organizational change, and how to lead strategic initiatives.

BECOME A VISIONARY

Monitor and assess organizations’ skills to innovate learning environments that continually increase effectiveness and efficiency. Our award-winning faculty will bring out your inner leader, from performing expert analyses to mentoring teams through change.

Regent has been ranked among Top National Universities by the U.S. News & World Report for three years (2019, 2020 and 2022). Our programs have also been recognized among the Top 5 Best Graduate Online Business (Non-MBA) Programs in Virginia for eight consecutive years. Experience the Regent difference through the Doctor of Strategic Leadership program.

Please complete the Request Information form on this page to learn more about this program.

After completing the DSL in Strategic Leadership degree online, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate and provide advice on succession planning to client organizations.
  • Assess organizational life cycles and determine new avenues for spiritual, mental, and physical leadership development and renewal.
  • Understand how to move a product from idea through development to marketplace introduction and success.
  • Explain the biblical foundations, perspectives, and examples of servant leadership—and apply them in a contemporary world.
  • Elevate individuals, teams, and systems to their God-given potential.

Career Opportunities

  • Corporate, Military & Government Consulting
  • Executive Leadership for Business, Nonprofits, Educational Institutions, Government Agencies & the Military
$127Thousand
Mean annual wage for top executives U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

Theoretical and practical underpinnings of various types of learning environments.

Development of practical alternate solutions to a specific problem, fully using individual and group capabilities as well as ideas from employees, customers, vendors, and the general public.

Engages requirements for moving a product from idea through development to marketplace introduction and success.

Understanding change, the change process, resistance to change, change readiness, and the role of a leader as change catalyst.

2022-23 Semester Check-In Deadlines

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester two weeks before 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.

SessionSemester Check-InSession Start Date
Session AFriday, August 12Monday, August 22
Session MFriday, September 9Monday, September 19
Session BFriday, October 14Monday, October 24
Session CWednesday, January 4Monday, January 9
Session TFriday, January 27Monday, February 6
Session DFriday, March 3Monday, March 13
Session EFriday, April 28Monday, May 8
Session FFriday, June 9Monday, June 19

Admissions Requirements

Step 1: Apply to Regent University

Step 2: Complete Your Admissions Questionnaire

  • After you submit your application, you will receive a link to complete the required admissions questionnaire.

Step 3: Submit Your Unofficial College Transcripts

  • Email your unofficial college transcripts to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: Unofficial Transcripts.
  • Upon conditional acceptance, Regent University will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company.

Step 4: Submit Your Government-Issued ID

  • Email a photo of your government-issued ID to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: Government ID.
  • Please note that all items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

PART-TIME STUDENTS

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA) / Master of Science (MS)$6956$4,170
Master of Business Administration (MBA)$6956$4,170
Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership (PhD)$1,0203$3,060
Doctor of Strategic Leadership (DSL)$1,0203$3,060

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA) / Master of Science (MS)$6959$6,255
Master of Business Administration (MBA)$6959$6,255
Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership (PhD)$1,0206$6,120
Doctor of Strategic Leadership (DSL)$1,0206$6,120

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800
University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

Part-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA) / Master of Science (MS)$6756$4,050
Master of Business Administration (MBA)$6756$4,050
Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership (PhD)$9953$2,985
Doctor of Strategic Leadership (DSL)$9953$2,985

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA) / Master of Science (MS)$6759$6,075
Master of Business Administration (MBA)$6759$6,075
Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership (PhD)$9956$5,970
Doctor of Strategic Leadership (DSL)$9956$5,970

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800
University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.

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.

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 online residencies and a variety of interactive discussion modes that extend beyond topical course discourse.

The Doctor of Strategic Leadership (DSL) program in the School of Business & Leadership includes two required residencies, held virtually. The first residency covers program orientation and guidelines, the library use course (UNIV LIB Information Research & Resources) as well as 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 the Final Project.

View upcoming residency dates, registration and lodging details.

“This isn't just a job for me — this is a ministry. Whatever I've done at Regent I've always had the sense that this is what God has called me to do.”

Doris Gomez, Ph.D. Dean, Regent University's School of Business & Leadership

“"I wanted an education that would better prepare me both academically and spiritually. As a Christian, I'm always looking for ways to transform the world with the love of Christ, and I believe that's exactly what is happening right now thanks to my Regent experience."”

Geralde Gabeau, DSL, 2016 Deputy Director of Youth & Family Enrichment Services

“At Regent, I didn’t have to sort through my academic studies to determine what was consistent with my faith and what was not.”

Michelle Montgomery, MBA, 1987 Owner, Fractional CFO/Controller & Nonprofit Specialist, Michelle R. Montgomery, P.L.L.C.

“Through my Regent MBA, I got to see things at different levels. I had a few employees and a small organization, as compared to some of the case studies we had dealing with multinational corporations. That was exciting to me and a really good learning experience.”

Jason Crowther, MBA, 2015 Dean of Enrollment at Grace College of Divinity

“"It will be the principles of servant leadership that I largely learned at Regent that I'll carry with me. These principles defined me as a corporate leader, and I believe they will define my political leadership."”

Scott Rigell, MBA, 1990 Former Representative of Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District; U.S. Marine Corps Reserve veteran; former owner of Freedom Automotive