Maximum Time Limit to Complete Program
Minimum Hours to be Completed at Piedmont
45 semester credit hours
Transfer of Credits and Advanced Standing
Transfer credits are not to exceed 25 percent (15 semester hours) of degree-level courses and must have a grade of B or higher. No Advanced Standing is available.
Length of Program and Graduation
The program is 60 semester hours, with graduation upon completion of prescribed courses (including Transfer) with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00 (with no more than one C), passing the written comprehensive examination upon completion of the coursework and the written, presented, and successfully defended dissertation.
Ph.D. in Leadership Comp. Exam, Dissertation, and Oral Defense
The Ph.D. in Leadership student will submit and pass a comprehensive examination upon completion of 51 hours of courses prior to moving forward on the dissertation research for his or her concentration.
The Ph.D. dissertation is a formal treatise that advances a proposition based on scholarly research. At Piedmont a dissertation focuses on a topic in or related to the chosen concentrations of Organizational Management, Ministry Administration, or Educational Administration. Included among the criteria of a successful dissertation are the following: Appropriate topic, valid research question, original research, sound methodology, coherent argumentation, critical evaluation, effective style, conformity to deadlines, and contribution of scholarship.
The presentation and oral defense of the written dissertation will be scheduled through the committee chair. This must be accomplished by March 15 for the May graduation.