Benedictine Universitys Ph.D./D.B.A. program is the first scholar-practitioner program in the world focusing explicitly on values-driven leadership that is, the theory and practice of leading profitable, sustainable, and responsible companies in todays global economy. The program equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to lead effectively at four levels: personally, interpersonally, organizationally, and strategically at the intersection of business and society.
Other key features include:
A Ph.D. degree concludes with a scholarly dissertation based on original research. A D.B.A. degree concludes with an applied dissertation (similar to a thorough case study) based on the design and implementation of a significant change initiative.
Our primary target audience is senior business leaders with track records of success and a desire to lead profitable, sustainable, high-integrity companies with excellence. This includes CEOs, chief officers and their direct reports, presidents and vice presidents, and heads of business groups. Professionals at the director and manager levels (or equivalent) are also encouraged to apply.
Our goal is to create a diverse cohort of highly qualified students. We consider quality and quantity of relevant work experience, emphasizing positions of major responsibility. Each application is considered on a case by case basis.
When designing the Ph.D./D.B.A. Program in Values-Driven Leadership, we conducted extensive research into 75 other programs focused on leadership, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and organizational change. We evaluated them in terms of:
We found no other program that incorporates all of these features into the unique and powerful combination offered by our Ph.D./D.B.A. Program in Values-Driven Leadership.
There are a number of outstanding traditional Ph.D. programs in leadership, corporate responsibility, and corporate sustainability, but these programs are not targeted to senior leaders, and they require people to leave their jobs and become full-time students.
There are a number of excellent Ed.D. programs in leadership, but these focus primarily on leadership in higher education.
There are a number of high-quality Ph.D. programs in leadership for working professionals, but none of these are targeted specifically at senior leaders; offer both a Ph.D. and D.B.A. track; focus on strategic leadership at the forefront of business and society; or offer the same quality of global exchanges, research opportunities, and access to thought leaders from around the world. We believe we hold a strong competitive position in comparison to other Ph.D. and D.B.A. programs in leadership, sustainability, and organizational change.
You can hear about the program from cohort members at any time by watching cohort videos on our YouTube channel. A playlist featuring nearly a dozen 1-minute videos, all interviews with cohort 1 members, can be found here:
We certainly understand the desire to sit in on a class. We get requests like yours all the time. Unfortunately, precisely because of this strong interest in the program, we've had to establish a strict policy against visitors sitting in. Even one visitor can create unexpected dynamics that disrupt the spirited cohort-based learning environment, and our tuition-paying students have asked us not to do that.
If in the end you do decide to apply for the program, we’ll be happy to put you in contact with some of our current students who can give you a first-hand account of the classroom experience.
Bios of some of our distinguished visiting scholars can be found at this link. Our guests have included:
Some of our distinguished visiting business leaders are listed below (bios can be found at this link):
Others who have participated previously in Benedictine University doctoral programs include:
Yes. Students are encouraged to work on research projects with Benedictine faculty and other scholars associated with the Ph.D./D.B.A. program. Through the Center for Values-Driven Leadership (www.cvdl.org) we are developing a variety of research initiatives focused on the exemplary practices of sustainable and socially-responsible companies and leaders. Most recently we launched the Return on Values Research Initiative to explore the relationship between culture, values, and business success in small to mid-size companies.
The Ph.D./D.B.A. program in Values-Driven Leadership is offered through Benedictine Universitys College of Business and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA) of colleges and universities.
Since our first cohort of students is just beginning their third year of our three-year program, we do not have historical data on completion rates. However, the program is modeled after Benedictine University’s award-winning Ph.D. Program in Organization Development (OD), now in its 17th year. The Ph.D. OD program enjoys a 95% completion rate (compared to a national average of less than 50%), and we are committed to achieving a similar level of success.
We plan on admitting approximately 25 students per cohort.
Yes, a masters degree is required.
Every two years (i.e., April 2015, April 2017, April 2019, etc.).
For Cohort 3, which begins in April 2015, we anticipate 500 inquiries resulting in approximately 50-100 applicants. We will accept approximately 25 students.
Interviews with Ph.D./D.B.A. faculty and staff for Cohort 3 will take place November, 2014 - January, 2015.
Cohort 3 applicants will be notified at the end of January, 2015.
Classes are held at Benedictine University’s Lisle, Illinois, campus one weekend a month and during an annual 8-day intensive each year. Most weekend classes are held Friday 6:30 – 9:30 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Some classes are held Friday 2:00 – 9:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, and Sunday 9:00 am – noon. Classes during the 8-day intensives are held 8:00 am – 5:00 pm each day. The campus is located 30 minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports.
Classes begin in April, 2015.
Cohort 3 starts April, 2015.
No, this is not an online program. One of the programs greatest strengths is the deep learning that occurs in class and elsewhere when cohort members meet face-to-face with the worlds top scholars and executives to exchange experiences and ideas at the forefront of leadership theory and practice.
The Ph.D./D.B.A. Program in Values-Driven Leadership builds on and extends the success of the Ph.D. OD Program by using a similar format but targeting a different audience and offering a new and distinctive multidisciplinary curriculum focused on strategic leadership and corporate sustainability.
Similarities to the Ph.D. OD program include:
Distinctive differences include:
This program is designed to be completed in three years. Classroom work is completed in the first two years. Students complete and defend their dissertations in the final year. Students who do not complete the dissertation within the program's three years will pay half the annual tuition rate per year until the dissertation is complete.
Students must complete 96 credit hours to graduate.
The tuition is $35,000 per year for
three years. Books are included in the tuition. Additional costs include
transportation, accommodations and meals for each weekend class and the annual
8-day intensives. There are also expenses for trips to conferences, at which
students give presentations and present papers; travel for the global
exchanges/international aspect of the program; and in some cases, transcribing
of interview transcripts, analysis of quantitative data, and/or copy editing
during the dissertation. Remember to talk with your company about educational
The program is designed to be completed in three years. Students who do not complete their dissertation in three years will pay half-tuition rates until completion.
To learn more, visit our website at www.cvdl.org/doctorate or contact Deb Hellmuth at email@example.com. Download Ph.D./D.B.A Program in Leadership Brochure (PDF).
The Center for Values-Driven Leadership offers research, education and outreach opportunities to help business leaders forge new paths to profitability. It is a gathering place where top executives, entrepreneurs and thought leaders come together to innovate at the forefront of values-driven business practice.
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