​PhD Leadership Studies

A doctorate in leadership. A lifetime of impact.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 5 - 6 PM PST

Develop a new lens to understand the world and yourself. Get an overview of our PhD in Leadership Studies program in our upcoming online info session. 

The PhD in Leadership Studies program at SOLES provides students with an immersive and innovative experience, allowing them to emerge as empowered leaders. Because of its multidisciplinary nature, a leadership degree instills graduates with the listening, introspection and critical thinking skills required in a wide range of fields. 

Students in Leadership 602 Course

Classes are held in-person at the University of San Diego campus weekday evenings from approximately 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM. Full-time students take two classes per semester (6 units).

This is a 57 unit doctoral program. Students will pursue 24 units of elective coursework from one or more of our specializations:

  • Coaching and Organizational Consulting
  • Educational Leadership for Innovation and Social Justice
  • Higher Education Leadership
  • Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leadership
  • Research Methodology
  • Restorative Justice Facilitation and Leadership
  • or design an individualized specialization.
Graduate students will complete a short-term international experience. We believe students who study abroad gain the unique insight and perspectives necessary to thrive as global citizens committed to positive change.

You'll emerge empowered as a leader and/or researcher, scholar, educator and practitioner. You'll be poised to make significant contributions to the field of Leadership Studies while addressing some of our communities most pressing needs. Whether your degree takes you into the entrepreneurial realm, into academics, into nonprofits or any other place in need of your skills, you'll find fulfillment, significance and adventure.

Ambassador Group 2019


SOLES ambassadors are graduate and doctoral students who have been selected to serve as official student representatives. Ambassadors support prospective and incoming students by assisting at graduate student events, providing campus tours, and interacting with students through email, online webinars, blog posts, and social media. 

Be sure to connect with a Student Ambassador to learn more about SOLES and its programs!


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