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Doctor of Education in Leadership Studies



Louisiana State University Shreveport is proud to announce that the College of Business, Education, and Human Development is offering a Doctorate in Leadership Studies.  This doctoral program—the first of its kind to be offered on the Shreveport campus—allows LSU Shreveport to offer the highest level of instruction in a university.

The Leadership Studies Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree is not just for educators; just as a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is not just for philosophers! The Ed.D. degree is an interdisciplinary terminal degree program with the primary purpose of enhancing leadership potential that will support personal and community growth in various human endeavors. Conscientious working professionals who seek to advance their roles as leaders in public, non-profit, or corporate organizations as well as scholarly opportunities in higher education will find this degree supports a critical step in attaining their future goals. Some candidates may also extend their learning to engage in entrepreneurial endeavors related to business, education, health, or other human services.


The Leadership Studies program will achieve its purpose by fostering scholarly inquiry and a working understanding of the following critical components of leadership: leadership theory with an integrative approach; management of complex organizations; diversity and social justice; resource allocation and development; policy analysis and development; power, politics, and influence; and data collection, analysis, and research.  The program further supports the enhancement of leadership potential by including at least five classes in personally chosen cognate areas selected from Business Administration, Educational Leadership, Educational Technology, Healthcare Administration, Public Health, Non-profit Administration, Higher Education Leadership, or other approved content areas.

The Leadership Studies program will provide working professionals with relevant and practical research skills to utilize leadership theories for transformational change; and knowledge to identify and solve problems of practice through collaboration with key stakeholders. Candidates will be given the opportunity to develop these attributes through content courses, research courses, personal research, and a practical internship.


The program, designed to accommodate working adults with other full-time obligations, can be completed within four years by taking two intensive courses per semester, year-round for a total of 63 semester hours. Candidates for this type of program are typically working professionals who have a master's degree with at least three years of work experience. Candidates take a prescribed set of courses and academic experiences in a cohort model, beginning either in the fall or spring semester.

Recognizing the intensity of doctoral study and the need for engaging discussions, which support both integration and application of content, the program faculty accepted the strategic importance of delivering most of the doctoral courses for this program using a face-to-face delivery system. The face-to-face class meetings are enhanced by an electronic management system, which supports discussion forums, email, blogging, submitting or receiving assignments, and other sharing with cohort members.


  • Length of program: 63 semester hours
  • Core courses: 36 semester hours
  • Personalized cognate/concentration of courses (with advisor approval): 15 semester hours
  • Workplace internship related to the cognate courses: 3 semester hours
  • Dissertation courses: at least 9 semester hours
  • Cohorts are accepted and begin taking the prescribed courses in the fall semester.

For more information, or if you are interested in applying to this program, click here.