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Alliant International University PhD in Leadership
Alliant International University

PhD in Leadership

San Diego, USA

3 Years


Full time

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USD 1,220 / per credit *


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If you are a prospective student searching for a respected and accredited graduate school, you've come to the right place. In this unique doctoral program, a graduate student like you will reap the benefits of the collaboration of two esteemed colleges: the California School of Management and Leadership (CSML) and the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP). Throughout the leadership program in California, you'll explore a comprehensive lineup of theoretical, strategic, and organizational studies from the perspective of two distinctly different disciplines.

How would you describe your leadership style? Are you the leader you want to be? In this program, you'll explore different leadership types, such as authentic, transactional, transformational, cross-cultural, and others, and will define and refine your own leadership skill and style. You'll study the cultural, organizational, and behavioral aspects of leadership, from both a theoretical and a practical perspective. You'll also learn in your leadership studies how truly great leaders attract followers and do their part in coaching those followers in success. By the time you have graduated from the PhD program, you will have further developed your unique leadership skill and philosophy and be prepared to apply it to make your mark in the world as an organizational leader or educational leader.

If you're ready to learn more about the theories and application of great leadership, this in-person doctoral program provides a challenging curriculum taught by top faculty members. You’ll study alongside and network with colleagues and peers who will help you hone your leadership skills and prepare you to make an impact and shape tomorrow’s leaders by your example. As a student of our PhD program, you will be set up for success and you will learn essential leadership skills that will help you reach your personal and professional goals.

Program Highlights

Hands-on Experience

Your internship and practicum are key to the program and can be completed at your current workplace or in an online format. You’ll also participate in a six-month executive-in-residence mentorship program where you are provided with invaluable professional development guidance and networking opportunities.

Increased Impact

By networking within your cohort, you'll share invaluable and unique experiences and insights that will advance your expertise. This education and experience, where you explore various leadership courses, visions, skills, models, and methods, puts you in a position to make a powerful impact in organizations and society.

Accelerated Timeline

An accelerated timeline allows for the program to be completed in three to four years. You'll begin with two years of leadership studies and coursework, then move on to your dissertation research, which typically takes one to two years to complete. Since classes are in the evenings and on weekends, you can work while you learn.

Fast Track Program from MBA to PhD in Leadership

If students enroll in the MBA program with a concentration on Leadership and Management at Alliant International University, they will be able to take up to 9 units of bridge courses in the PhD in a Leadership program as part of their master program upon approval. They can transfer these bridge courses with a B or above grade into their PhD in Leadership program.


Alliant’s California School of Management and Leadership (CSML) has received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for its Leadership PhD programs, Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), MBA, BS in Business Administration (BSBA), and MS in Data Analytics programs.

ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes offered within CSML’s programs meet the rigorous educational standards established by the said accrediting body, which is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education across the country. ACBSP’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize teaching excellence through its recognition of business education programs throughout the world.

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