Charleston Southern University will begin offering its first doctoral program, a doctorate in education with an emphasis in leadership, next year.
The first 20 students will start classes in January, which would have them completing the program in December 2021. Students will usually take one class per semester, studying and researching various leadership models. The program will conclude with each student’s defense of a dissertation.
The program is designed for working adults, with classes in the evening and on weekends. According to a news release, the program will provide skills useful in various administrative roles, including education, health care and business. Applications will open on July 1.
“With the combination of a rigorous curriculum and a credentialed faculty, the doctoral program at CSU continues the commitment of preparing graduates with advanced skills in leadership as they serve in multiple roles throughout the Lowcountry and beyond,” said Jackie Fish, vice president of academic affairs.
Approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the regional body for accreditation of higher education institutions, is pending. A spokeswoman for CSU said the school anticipates approval in spring 2019.