Doctorate in Executive Leadership Online
Doctor of Management - Executive Leadership
Even seasoned leaders have much to learn when it comes to motivating individuals and teams to achieve goals. You can develop your abilities by earning a Doctor of Management degree in Executive Leadership from CTU. In this program, you can study core leadership and management theories combined with research processes and methodologies. You can also enroll in electives that are designed to hone your skills in other areas like project management, global leadership, or non-profit leadership. If you’re seeking to advance your leadership skills or develop a consulting practice, this degree could be ideal for you.
Our doctoral program includes:
- An online curriculum with a residency component
- Multiple start dates throughout the year
- An opportunity to complete the program in three years
- Dissertation development integrated into the program
- In-person symposium experiences
At CTU, students come first. Our flexible online course schedule helps you to build a class schedule around your schedule. And with grants and scholarships available for those who qualify, a degree from CTU can be both achievable and affordable. Learn more below or fill out the form to speak with an admissions advisor.
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CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org
- June 13, 2023
- July 25, 2023
- August 29, 2023
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Course Title Course Description Credit Hours MGMT802
The course examines the four critical aspects of a successful manager-leader: personal identity as a manager-leader, ability to embrace ambiguity, problem identification, and problem solving. The course will utilize classic and contemporary readings and research in Organizational Behavior and Management Theory.
Management Theory 4 MGMT808
Students will look at moral dilemmas and choices in organizational life and professional careers. Students will review research and literature on socio-technical systems from the global perspectives.
Management and Ethics 4 MGMT818
This is an active course in leadership, building on critical and creative thinking. Students will be expected to build and develop their leadership with new doctoral students via cooperative research projects and programs of research.
Leadership Theory and Development 4 MGMT822
MGMT822 is the first of two practice courses which provides the student(s) with the opportunity to engage in field practice in an actual organization. This Course provides an opportunity to plan for the intervention in an actual client system using the theories, models, practices of Organization Development, Action Research, Process Consultation, and Appreciative Approaches to change. At the close of the course, the student(s) shall have produced a proposal which includes an overview of the project and organization, the methods to be employed, and how data will be collected and analyzed (and other components TBD by professor).
Application of Action Research 4 MGMT824This course is designed to develop and expand students’ ability to think strategically. This will involve various typologies and methods of exploration and an examination of heuristics and biases. Students will work to develop the capacity for concurrent action and ‘birds-eye’ perspectives of ongoing organizational activity. Strategic Thinking and Organizational Alignment 4 MGMT828
MGMT828 is the second of two practice courses which provides the student(s) with the opportunity to engage in field practice in an actual organization. This course supports the execution of plans made in MGMT822 to intervene in an actual client system using the theories, models, practices of Organization Development, Action Research, Process Consultation, and Appreciative Approaches to change. At the close of the course, the student(s) shall have produced a document/paper outlining the project, methods employed, analysis and learnings related to the theory, methods, the specific project, and self-as-instrument.
Practice and Theory of Consulting and Intervention 4 MGMT832
This course develops skills in futuring via Delphi, Future Search, scenario building and other techniques. Students will talk with futurists and futures organizations, becoming involved in the World Futures Society and tech trending with leading electronics and aerospace companies. They will develop a socio-technology plan for the future of the organization and will also look at formal models of innovation and diffusion of innovation.
Organization Innovation and Scenario Thinking 4 RES804
This course provides a general understanding of both quantitative and qualitative methods within the context of research designs. Research design is the plan for the selection and application of accepted research practices. Research methods provide models for the appropriate collection, organization and analysis of data for decision-making, replication, and contribution to a knowledge base. Additionally, this course supports doctoral students’ abilities to demonstrate an understanding of the research purpose, nature and forms of research design and their relationship to research questions, methods for data collection and data analyses.
Principles of Research Methods and Design 4 RES812
This course examines the fundamental principles of qualitative inquiry differentiating among various qualitative research designs. Includes active engagement and practice with capturing qualitative data including being a participant observer and an interviewer. Students will learn how to minimize threats to the internal validity of qualitative studies, focusing on specific techniques for interpretation of data that contributes to the authenticity of qualitative studies.
Qualitative Research Methods 4 RES814
Students will learn fundamental concepts of designing, collecting and assessing quantitative data. The course covers descriptive measures as well as various forms of probability and inferential analysis. Exploration of multivariate statistics will be practiced via large datasets using statistical analysis software.
Quantitative Research Methods 4 RES863
RES863 is the third course of eight research and writing courses that result in a dissertation. Each term, the student progresses toward the completion of the dissertation by completing required elements of the dissertation process. This course: clarifies the research focus, defines the research question(s)/objective/hypotheses, produces a review of the literature.
Doctoral Research III: Dissertation Literature Review 4 RES864
RES864 is the fourth course of eight research and writing courses that result in a dissertation. Each term, the student progresses toward the completion of the dissertation by completing required elements of the dissertation process. This course requires: fine tuning the research question(s)/objective/hypotheses, strengthening the review of the literature, drafting a methods chapter (min), and drafting a chapter one. Students may surpass this description as they are able.
Doctoral Research IV: Dissertation Methods 4 RES865
RES865 is the fifth course of eight research and writing courses that result in a dissertation. Each term, the student progresses toward the completion of the dissertation by completing required elements of the dissertation process. This course requires the student to focus on: producing a defense-ready draft of Chapters 1, 2 & 3 (the research proposal), undertaking the Proposal Defense, undertaking modifications required by the dissertation committee, achieving an approved IRB application.
Doctoral Research V: Dissertation Introduction 4 RES866
RES866 is the sixth course of eight research and writing courses that result in a dissertation. Each term, the student progresses toward the completion of the dissertation by completing required elements of the dissertation process. This course requires the student to focus on: undertaking the Proposal Defense, undertaking modifications required by the dissertation committee, achieving an approved IRB application, proceeding with Data Collection and Analysis.
Doctoral Research VI: Dissertation Findings 4 RES867
RES867 is the seventh course of eight research and writing courses that result in a dissertation. Each term, the student progresses toward the completion of the dissertation by completing required elements of the dissertation process. This course requires the student to focus on: proceeding with Data Collection and Analysis, working on initial drafting of chapters 4 & 5, and preparing for Final Defense. Course is pass/fail.
Doctoral Research VII: Dissertation Discussion and Conclusion 4 RES868
RES868 is the eighth course of eight research and writing courses that result in a dissertation. Each term, the student progresses toward the completion of the dissertation by completing required elements of the dissertation process. This course requires the student to focus on: completing Data Collection and Analysis as needed, completing work on chapters 4 &5, undertaking the Final Defense, modifying document as required by the committee, editing of final document for publishing, and University sign off. Course is pass/fail.
Doctoral Research VIII: Dissertation Conclusion 4 RSCH860The course is designed to help students develop as scholar‐practitioners through research and writing activities required for the dissertation. Students will be introduced to doctoral level evidence‐based research and writing skills, critical thinking, ethics in research, and the development of an annotated bibliography. Doctoral Research I: Principles of Research and Writing 4 RSCH861This is the first of the research and writing courses that together comprise the dissertation process. Each term, the student advances on the dissertation pathway by completing required components of the dissertation. The focus of this course is on the development of the research prospectus, which is the first official milestone in the dissertation process. Satisfactory completion of the research prospectus is required to move forward to the next step on the dissertation pathway. Students are also encouraged to begin work on next steps in the dissertation process as appropriate. Dissertation Process I 4 RSCH862This course focuses on development of a literature review in the context of a dissertation topic aligned with the student's degree field, concentration, and personal interests; is consistent with the study trio; and is both scholarship‐based and practice‐oriented. As part of developing the literature review, the course also addresses creation of the conceptual framework and consideration of the research tradition appropriate for the proposed topic. To pass this course the student must produce a literature review draft satisfactory for movement forward to the next course in the dissertation process sequence. Students are also encouraged to begin work on next steps in the dissertation process as appropriate. Dissertation Process II 4 SYMP801Doctoral Symposium I provides first-year doctoral students with activities designed to develop foundational skills for doctoral study and an orientation to the doctoral dissertation process. Students participate in both the Doctoral Symposium and online classroom activities in the second term of their first year of study.
Course work is designed to help students prepare to progress through the next year of the doctoral program. Successful completion of all specified activities and requirements of the Doctoral Symposium and assigned deliverables are required to pass this course.
Doctoral Symposium I 2 SYMP802Doctoral Symposium II provides second or third year doctoral students with activities that help them prepare for completion of the dissertation. Students participate in both the Doctoral Symposium and online course work. The course is designed to prepare students to attend Symposium and to progress to completion of the dissertation. Successful completion of all specified activities and requirements of the Doctoral Symposium and assigned deliverables are required to pass this course. Doctoral Symposium II 2 Total Credit Hours: 80
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours LDR870This class is designed to help students understand themselves more fully in terms of their current leadership approach and their potential as a leader. Through self-assessment, 360° feedback, journaling, and other forms of self-discovery, students will work to develop enhanced understanding of themselves and their leadership style. They will engage in reflective learning to build their leadership capacity, and they will work to develop peer support structures and personal action plans to guide their ongoing growth and development. Self-Insight and Personal Development as a Leader 4 LDR872
This course teaches students how to assess, adapt to and develop intervention strategy in organizations experiencing discontinuous and crisis situations. Students practice leadership tasks in the theory of organizational change. Students will complete activities, exercises and discussions that examine various crisis situations and analyze strategic change processes. Upon completing this course, students will understand different types of organizational change and how to create change visions and lead the strategic change in organizations experiencing discontinuous and crisis situations.
Leading Change 4 LDR874
This course covers advanced topics in leadership. Course topics will vary as determined by student’s interest and evolution of the discipline.
Special Topics in Leadership 4 LDR876
This course will give students the opportunity to evaluate technologies and study their application in organizational leadership. Students will evaluate the current trends and issues in technology and social media and assess how these can be used to leverage strategy improvements. Students will explain how to leverage technology for driving large scale change, influencing stakeholders and improving organizational effectiveness.
Leadership, Technology and Social Media 4 MGMT878
In this course students will examine career options by exploring a variety of careers that are consistent with their management concentration areas. Students will study how to define career aspirations, map professional goals, and create strategies for performance enhancement. This course places emphasis on professional development by evaluating personal strengths and identifying opportunities that may become apparent as a result of the doctoral journey.
Advanced Career Strategies for the Scholar-Practitioner 4 Total Credit Hours: 20
Total Credit Hours: 100
Accreditations and Alignments
The program was developed to align with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Executive Leadership Core Qualifications for Senior Executives.
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The program emphasizes three areas of focus: Research and Writing; Leadership and Change Management; and the specific concentration discipline.
In addition to the successful completion of 100 credit hours with an acceptable GPA, students must also satisfactorily complete their research proposal and final dissertation. The research proposal must be approved by the student’s Research Supervisor and University Reviewer. The dissertation, which must be approved by the student’s dissertation committee, is an extensive document that includes the research study. In addition, graduation requires presentation of the final dissertation.
Doctoral programs at Colorado Technical University require a residential symposium. Additional information about CTU's doctoral symposium can be located in the Doctoral Symposium section of this catalog.
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Classes start June 13, 2023 *
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CTU’s Doctor of Management in Executive Leadership is designed to provide knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant for pursuing potential opportunities in the workforce. This management degree program emphasizes the study of core leadership and management theories combined with research processes and methodologies. Students can also enroll in electives designed to hone skills in other areas like project management, global leadership, or non-profit leadership.
As you work to complete your Doctor of Management in Executive Leadership, you will be immersed in courses where you will study these topics and much more: how to assess, adapt to, and develop intervention strategy, how technology and social media can be used to leverage strategy improvements, and examining and crisis situations and strategic change processes.
Courses for the Doctor of Management in Executive Leadership start online approximately every five weeks. Completion of the CTU admissions process will depend on how quickly you complete the steps in the CTU online application process. You may complete the application process over the phone with an advisor or you may go online. Once you’ve completed the online application, you may hear from an advisor within the following 24 hours to discuss the next steps toward starting your degree program. Doctoral programs may have additional entrance requirements that take additional processing time.
The Doctor of Management in Executive Leadership degree program consists of 100 credits. You may be eligible for transfer credit, which is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer.
As you study topics in management and leadership that are always being evaluated and updated to reflect industry-relevant trends, you will experience a curriculum through classroom learning and hands-on experience that aligns to industry standards and helps you work to develop skills that are applicable to the competitive global business environment.
In addition to the successful completion of 100 credit hours with an acceptable GPA, students in the Doctor of Management in Executive Leadership degree program must also satisfactorily complete their research proposal and present their final dissertation. The research proposal must be approved by the student’s Research Supervisor and University Reviewer. The dissertation, which must be approved by the student’s dissertation committee, is an extensive document that includes the research study. Doctoral students must also participate in CTU’s residential symposium.