PH.D. In Urban Leadership and Entrepreneurship

Introduction

The Ph.D. Program in Urban Leadership & Entrepreneurship equips students to become scholar-practitioners through advanced, doctoral-level studies, empirical research, and practical application.

The program seeks current, aspiring, and emerging leaders who desire to employ critical thinking principles and evidence-based practices associated with an entrepreneurial mindset and a commitment to finding solutions. The program is offered by the University of the District of Columbia in partnership with Fielding Graduate University.

Competencies

The Ph.D. Program in Urban Leadership & Entrepreneurship is the only Doctoral level program of its kind in the United States. It utilizes a scholar-practitioner approach to learning and research and a commitment to engage students in shaping their course of study. Upon program completion, students will be able to:

  • Employ empirical methods and theoretical concepts to create new knowledge and fill existing knowledge gaps.
  • Research, analyze, and defend methodologies to arrive at meaningful contributions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in teams and engage different fields of knowledge.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use knowledge, tools, and skills to develop new ideas and applications.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze, engage, and articulate information to diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Demonstrate the ability to anticipate, adapt, develop a course of action, implement, assess, and learn.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills and ethical integrity.
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in self-directed learning.

Concentrations

The following concentrations are offered in the program. Students may select one concentration or a combination of concentrations to focus their course work and dissertation.

Urban Government and Political Leadership

The Urban Government and Political Leadership concentration focuses on competencies, skills and knowledge needed in urban governmental settings, such as city or county mayoral offices, city/county government agencies, and/or state/federal government agencies. A focus will be the role of urban political and governmental leadership in addressing issues arising from multiethnic, multicultural, urban populations. This concentration will primarily build on UDC’s graduate program in Public Administration and Certification in Public Contracting, as well the David A. Clarke School of Law.

Urban Sustainability and Resilience Leadership

The Urban Sustainability and Resilience Leadership concentration focuses on competencies, skills, and knowledge needed by leaders around urban sustainability and resilience issues. Focus areas might include the role of leadership in sustainable urban planning, mitigation of urban environmental issues, and environmental justice issues where multiethnic, multicultural urban populations feel disparate impacts. The concentration will build upon UDC’s graduate program in urban sustainability as well as Fielding’s strong emphasis upon environmental and sustainability.

Urban Entrepreneurial Leadership

The Urban Entrepreneurial Leadership concentration focuses on competencies, skills, and knowledge needed by entrepreneurs and others in the for-profit sector in an urban setting. Such leaders might be entrepreneurs and/or members of local urban business associations, chambers of commerce, or other agencies or organizations in the urban business environment. This concentration may have overlapping courses, students, and faculty with the Urban Non-Governmental Organization Leadership concentration, focuses on entrepreneurial leaders in the nonprofit sector.

Urban Health Leadership (expected Fall 2022)

The Urban Health Leadership concentration focuses on competencies, skills, and knowledge needed by leaders in health and medicine-focused organizations in an urban environment. Such leaders might work in public health agencies, public and private medical centers, community health centers and other organizations. Leaders may come from both a managerial and a medical focus, but the concentration will focus on Organizational Leadership capacities for the urban health leader. This concentration draws upon UDC’s graduate programming in Health and Health Sciences.

Urban Education Leadership (expected Fall 2022)

The Urban Education Leadership concentration focuses on competencies, skills, and knowledge needed by leaders in urban higher education institutions. This concentration draws upon UDC’s programs in Education along with Fielding’s existing concentrations in Higher Education Leadership and Community College Leadership, as well as its multiple National Science Foundation-funded projects to research effective academic leadership.

Application Requirements

The deadline to apply to the program is April 15 of any given year, with an anticipated program start date of August 15 of the same year. There is no spring semester start date for this program.

To qualify for admission, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree (any field is acceptable) with a minimum GPA of 3.0. These standards align with UDC’s approach to “inclusive excellence,” and with Fielding’s holistic learning model.

U.S Applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Application.
  • Official Transcript(s).
  • Current CV.
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation.
  • Statement of Purpose articulating the reason for interest in the program.
  • Critical Thinking Writing Sample in the form of a 500-word essay addressing the following questions:
    • What do you see as the most critical urban issue today?
    • Why do you consider it a critical issue?
    • What suggestions (if any) do you have to address it?
  • $74.00 application fee.
  • Standardized test scores are NOT required for admission into the program; however, applicants have the option to include their scores as part of the submission of their admission.

Applicants with an MS degree from an institution of higher learning outside the United States must submit the following documents:

  • Application.
  • NACES course by course evaluation of transcripts.
  • TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo scores.
  • Current CV.
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation.
  • Statement of Purpose articulating the reason for interest in the program.
  • Critical Thinking Writing Sample in the form of a 500-word essay addressing the following questions:

What do you see as the most critical urban issue today?
Why do you consider it a critical issue?
What suggestions (if any) do you have to address it?

    • $74.00 application fee.
    • Standardized test scores except for TOEFL/IELTS scores are NOT required for admission into the program; however, potential students have the option to include such scores as part of the submission of their admission.

Career Options

Graduates of the program will most likely be employed in industries with a higher than average expected growth rate.

These industries include:

  • Leadership and Management Consulting
  • Academia
  • Start-ups and Innovation Programs
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Public Sector: Government Leaders and Officials (e.g. Mayor, Governor)
  • CEO
  • Non-Profit Leadership
  • Competitive Intelligence Analyst
  • Research and Development (R&D)
  • New Venture Creation
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Chief Innovation Officer
  • Sustainability and Social Innovation
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Architecture and Urban Planning Firms

Cost & Financial Aid

Tuition rates for the University of the District of Columbia can be found here. Financial Aid Information for the University of the District of Columbia can be found here.

Information Sessions

TBA

Faculty Contact

Dr. Sabine O’Hara
Program Director
202.274.7011
sabine.ohara@udc.edu

For more program information or to learn more about our Distinguished Professor & Ph.D. Program Director, visit here.

Resources

Fall Research Seminar Series Virtual Event:

Fielding Graduate University

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