Center for Leadership Studies


The Center for Leadership Studies is the home of Northwest University’s Ph.D. and Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership. Both degree programs hold full accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Earl Creps, arrived at Northwest in 2017 as Director of both the university’s leadership doctoral programs and the CFLS. “Our students will write the books everyone is reading, and lead the organizations everyone is copying,” says Creps, “not by avoiding their faith, but by living it.”

Northwest’s Ph.D. and Ed.D. offer concentrations in Leading Ministry Organizations, Business Leadership and Consulting, and Higher Education Leadership. The Center houses the program’s development and serves as a support base for its students, facilitating their success and dissertation completion.

The doctoral experience at Northwest is cohort-based, placing diverse students in an inter-disciplinary learning environment. Whether classes take place on campus, online, or on the road, each will feature strong, supportive relational connections. These relationships thrive in a hybrid format delivered 50% online.

The Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs shape “scholar/practitioners” from a Christian perspective who can draw from the highest intellectual levels, and the depths of faith simultaneously. “The life of the mind and the walk of faith are not enemies,” says Creps, “but the best of friends.”

The Center for Leadership Studies also serves as a platform for leadership conferences, a host for visiting scholars, a source for organizational consulting, a catalyst for research and a stimulus for new books, articles, and training resources.

The CFLS is located on the second floor of the university’s 6710 Building, a comfortable, modern facility near the main campus.The doctoral floor includes the Center offices and 6 class rooms with full multi-media and wi-fi capability, formatted for doctoral-level education. Ample parking and outstanding student amenities make 6710 a great place to study. Starbucks is right across the street!

Northwest’s beautiful campus is a semi-wooded tract of 56 acres overlooking Lake Washington, only minutes from the world-class city of Seattle with all of its amenities. A view of the snow-clad Olympics graces the skyline to the west.

But this setting offers more than impressive natural beauty. The CFLS is located amidst many of the most influential organizations of our time, including Microsoft, Boeing, Costco, Amazon, World Vision, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In fact, Google-Kirkland is less than half a mile from our front door. These game-changing corporations create a powerful context for students investigating organizational leadership.

For more information on the CFLS, please email or call us at your convenience.