Phase 1: Cohort-based Coursework (Year 1-2)
Complete classes in Year 1 and Year 2 (e.g., Quantitative Methods)
Dissertation emphasis: identify a research area and refine it into a research question.
Complete dissertation-specific skill classes:
- LDRS 7453 Critical Inquiry – 5 components of dissertation + draft “Introduction”
- LDRS 7573 Advanced Research Methods – draft of the methodology chapter
- LDRS 8903 Guided Reading – draft of literature review
Phase 2: Transitional (Year 3)
Recruit Chair and Committee with approval of CFLS Dean
Comprehensive Examination (Academic Essay, Oral Examination, Video) – Year 2
CFLS Committee evaluates Comprehensive Examination (Pass/No Credit)
Ph.D. will require comprehensive examinations over three areas: leadership theory, research methods, and
critical issues related to the concentration; the Ed.D. exams will be over two areas: leadership theory and
critical issues related to concentration.
LDRS 8923 Dissertation Proposal – drafting of dissertation proposal
Dissertation Committee gives proposal preliminary approval
Dissertation Proposal Defense
Dissertation Committee evaluates proposal (Pass/No Credit)
Submit proposed research to NU Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Execute research for the dissertation.
Write up findings for Committee review.
Phase 3: Dissertation Completion (Year 4)
LDRS 8943 Dissertation Research – independent study with Chair
LDRS 8963 Dissertation Writing – independent study with Chair
Work with Chair and Committee on dissertation drafts
Oral defense of final dissertation draft
Dissertation Committee evaluates dissertation defense (Pass/No Credit)
Dissertation completed and approved by Committee, CFLS Dean.
- Submitted bound copy of dissertation to the CFLS and electronic copy (PDF) to Library.
- Dissertation posted on Ebscohost Dissertation and Theses Database.
Ph.D. students are required to complete 72 semester credit hours of coursework and an approved dissertation within 6 years of starting the program. Ed.D students are required to complete 60 credit hours of coursework and an approved dissertation within 5 years of starting the program.