Curriculum

Ph.D. in Leadership and Policy Planning Guide

Leadership and Policy Core (30 Credit Hours)

There are seven required content courses (21 credits) in the Leadership and Policy Study Core of the Doctor of Philosophy Program. The student, in consultation with his or her advisor, is able to select three additional graduate courses (nine credit hours) in his or her concentration within the field of leadership and policy. The following are the required Leadership and Policy Study Core Courses:

In this course, candidates will study various organizations in the context of their environments, in order to understand the internal and external processes that promote and inhibit organizational change.  The focus is the essential role that organizational leaders play in identifying these processes, guiding their development, and filtering and disseminating challenges and information to the organization.  Special attention will be given to the development of the resources of the organization, especially the human resources. The use of contemporary references in doctoral studies will be reinforced by extensive library work including presentations by library reference personnel throughout the course.

Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide candidates with an opportunity to reflect on both public and social policies from economic, social and political theories and perspectives.  Candidates will study current issues including: discrimination in hiring and housing, funding of public and private organizations, labor negotiations, personal health, clean environment and insurance concerns.  They will analyze several decision-making models in use on the federal, state, and local levels.  Of special concern is the role that politics plays in the development and implementation of policy.

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide the candidate with the theoretical basis of organizational assessment and accountability, and to provide them with the conceptual and practical tools to conduct that assessment and accountability.  Special attention will be given to the role that research and data play in such assessment and accountability of an organization and its policies.

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to facilitate reading and discussion of some of the classic and current theories on leadership.  The perspective taken in this course is that the leader can not think only in terms of local and regional issues, but must think also of the impact that world events have on the organization and how the organization affects the global society.   This course is framed within a constructivist perspective, encouraging candidates to learn to view problems and issues from multiple perspectives, constructing knowledge from their interpretations of the world.  The use of the Internet will be an integral component of this course as candidates will be expected to communicate with organizational leaders in different parts of the world regarding the implementation and evaluation of various leadership concepts, strategies and tactics.

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide the candidate with an understanding of the current research on how diversity among stakeholders in the organization affect the organization and the impact that the organization has on diverse groups.  Candidates will utilize critical theories in order to analyze the strategies, techniques and programs that are currently used by business, education, and public service organizations in order to create and sustain ethical, human, and professional organizations reflective of contemporary diversity.  Since today’s labor market is not homogenous, special emphasis will be placed on the recruitment, selection, induction, and continuing development of diverse adults.

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to look at the micro (daily activities) and macro trends of organizations in order to understand the ethical implications of the assumptions and practices that drive organizations.  Candidates will examine the ethical foundations that guide the organizational leader in the creation and implementation of policy.

Credit Hours: 3

In this course, candidates will study various national and regional economies in the context of their macro-environments and will analyze their respective impact on the mega global environment as well as the reciprocal impact of global economics upon individual nation states.  Specific focus will be given to global economic issues such as unemployment, inflation, interest rates, and exchange rates and their impact on capital markets, foreign exchange markets, and labor markets.  In addition, the international financial environment in which contemporary international businesses operate and in which financial service providers compete will be assessed.

Credit Hours: 3

The student, in consultation with his or her advisor, is able to select three additional graduate courses (nine credit hours) in his or her concentration within the field of leadership and policy. This course meets one of the three required additional graduate courses.

Credit Hours: 3

The student, in consultation with his or her advisor, is able to select three additional graduate courses (nine credit hours) in his or her concentration within the field of leadership and policy. This course meets one of the three required additional graduate courses.

Credit Hours: 3

The student, in consultation with his or her advisor, is able to select three additional graduate courses (nine credit hours) in his or her concentration within the field of leadership and policy. This course meets one of the three required additional graduate courses.

Credit Hours: 3

Research Core (30 Credit Hours)

There are six required research courses (18 credits) and three required dissertation courses (9 credits) in the Research Study Core of the Doctor of Philosophy Program. The student, in consultation with his or her advisor s must also select one additional graduate-level research course related to his or her concentration topic (three credit hours) as a research study core elective. The following are the nine required Research Study Core Courses:

This course is designed to introduce doctoral students to the principles and processes of research. Students will become effective consumers of research by analyzing the literature in a particular area of study and synthesizing the results into material that can be applied to diverse settings. Students will also develop research skills that they might use to assist them in their own research and study.  In addition, doctoral students will develop or further enhance a positive research disposition that will compel them to use research in their leadership positions.

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a broad and intensive study of Geographical Information Systems (GIS).  Using this extensive computer-based mapping software, students will learn the nature and models of spatial data, organize, manage, and present such data, as well as plan, conduct, and present research.  Applications in various professional settings will be introduced and discussed.  The course will emphasize the use of GIS in administrative and policy making settings.

Credit Hours: 3

This research seminar is designed to introduce doctoral candidates to the work of prominent contemporary researchers from various disciplines who will make scholarly presentations.  Candidates are expected to synthesize research concepts gained via these seminar interactions and conduct research under the direction of a full-time faculty member.

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide doctoral candidates with theoretical and practical preparation in quantitative research.    Coursework includes creation and development of hypotheses, conducting literature search, collection of data, designing research, analysis of data, and drawing appropriate conclusions.  Candidates will become familiar with the ethics of quantitative research, especially the protocols for dealing with human subjects.  They will be provided with hands-on experiences in using statistical software in order to complete various complex analysis of variance and regression procedures.  Candidates will be expected to actively participate in a class quantitative research project.  Prerequisite: ADS595: Introduction to Research.

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide doctoral candidates with theoretical and practical preparation in qualitative research.  Coursework with include methodology for conducting historical, philosophical, ethnographic, and action research.  Candidates will become familiar with the ethics of qualitative research, especially the protocols for dealing with human subjects.  They will be provided with hands-on experiences in studying archives and original sources, conducting interviews, and observing subjects. Candidates will be expected to actively participate in a class qualitative research project.  Prerequisite: ADS595: Introduction to Research.

Credit Hours: 3

This course should be taken in the final semester of a candidate’s program.  In weekly meetings with the instructor candidates will be assisted in developing and presenting a dissertation proposal.  Candidates will participate in a “Mock First Defense” during this course to prepare them for the dissertation defense protocols and procedures.

Credit Hours: 3

Candidates work individually with their doctoral committee in researching and writing their dissertations with specific emphasis in this first dissertation course given to successfully completing Chapter One of the dissertation relating to the purpose, need and scope of the candidate’s proposed research study.  Also, Chapter 2, “Review of Related Research and Literature” will be further developed and refined as part of this dissertation course.

 

Credit Hours: 3

Candidates work individually with their doctoral committee in researching and writing their dissertations with specific emphasis in this second dissertation course given to successfully completing both Chapter Two “Review of Related Literature and Research” and Chapter Three “Methodology” of the dissertation. Candidates should be ready to schedule their first defense of their dissertation with their committee.  The first formal defense of the dissertation will be conducted in room 320 of the Academic Complex.  It must be scheduled at least two weeks prior to the defense date and announced to the university community (via the Daily Post) to give other interested faculty, students, and administrators an opportunity to plan to attend the defense.  Also, by the conclusion of this course experience the candidate should be ready to submit their respective IRB documentation and have finalized their research instruments.

Credit Hours: 3

Candidates work individually with their doctoral committee in researching and writing their dissertations with specific emphasis in this final dissertation course given to successfully completing the research component of their dissertation and finalizing Chapter Four “Summary of Research Findings” of the dissertation. Also, by the conclusion of this course the candidate should be ready to schedule their final defense of their dissertation and should be finalizing Chapter Five of the dissertation “Conclusions, Summary and Recommendations Based on the Research”.  The “Final Defense” is a formal presentation of the candidate’s original research and notice of the date of the defense must be given to the entire university community at least three weeks prior to the defense date.  Reminders should be sent to the university community via the Daily Post announcing the defense date and time as well as the dissertation topic so that all interested may avail themselves of this opportunity to experience the reporting and defending of original research conducted under the auspices of Niagara University.  All “Final Defenses” will be held in Room 250 of the Academic Complex.

Credit Hours: 3

The student, in consultation with his or her advisor, must also select one additional graduate-level research course related to his or her concentration topic (three credit hours) as a research study core elective.

Credit Hours: 3

A maximum of 12 graduate credit hours may be transferred into the Niagara doctor of philosophy program. Nine hours may be transferred into the program as part of the leadership and policy core and three hours may be transferred into the program as part of the research core. However, at least 48 graduate hours must be taken at Niagara University in order to satisfy the requirements of the program. Thus, a maximum of 12 hours may be transferred from either outside the university and/or from other Niagara University graduate programs.

The department chairperson, the candidate’s advisor and the dean of the College of Education must approve all non-ADS course work being applied to the total 60 graduate credit hours of the program.