Doctor of Philosophy



The Innovation concentration within the Leadership discipline connects creative processes with organizational and social realities. The program develops advanced capabilities in innovation processes across a diverse array of contexts including business, government, education, social movements, science, health, and technology. Students in this concentration may choose to focus areas such as intellectual property, business transformation, innovation processes, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (see the course offerings for additional options). Students will learn skills specific to leading innovative teams, and how to manage the delicate balance of hierarchical and distributive leadership structures to yield innovative outcomes.

3 Year Program
Available Residentially
Available Online


  • Graduates will demonstrate a detailed knowledge of innovation theories, processes, and practices in the US and globally;
  • Graduates will demonstrate a mastery of the analytical and methodological tools needed to evaluate and conduct research in the area of innovation;
  • Graduates will demonstrate the ability to design and conduct original research in the area of innovation;
  • Graduates will demonstrate an ability to communicate their disciplinary knowledge and research outcomes to diverse audiences including teaching students;
  • Graduates will demonstrate an ability to assess ethical issues and apply ethical theories and practices in their professional context.

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Master's degree or equivalent from an accredited institution with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA
  • Current resume
  • Writing sample or purpose statement
  • Official transcripts from previously attended institutions
  • No GMAT or GRE required