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Welcome to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Organizational Leadership at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore (UMES). The Organizational Leadership Program is a Doctoral Degree program for students in mid to advanced career stages. The Organizational Leadership Program accomplishes this mission through advanced learning of organizational theory and research. Additionally, the Organizational Leadership Program contributes to the growing body of knowledge pertaining to organizations. The target of the program includes persons with a master's degree who are currently employed or serve with an organization. The program is offered in a weekend format. Classes are offered at the main campus of UMES in Princess Anne, MD and at the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center (ESHEC) in Wye Mills, MD on Friday evenings, Saturday, and Sunday during Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters.

This program has been in existence since 2002, and since that time, almost 100 students have matriculated with their Ph.D. degree. Students come to the ORLD program from a variety of backgrounds, including academia, large and small businesses and corporations, government, and the not-for-profit sector. The program provides a strong general foundation in both theoretical and methodological issues of Organizational Leadership, leading students to be able to take the knowledge and insights they have gained with them into a variety of settings. The faculty and staff are highly dedicated and focused upon supporting students towards achieving successful outcomes. Classes are small and close knit, utilizing a cohort model where students engage in coursework with a group of peers. The program also utilizes a weekend-course model, enabling busy working professionals the opportunity to work towards a doctoral degree. While this involves much hard work and significant sacrifices, it can be done, and it is one of the hallmarks that make this program stand out. In sum, the ORLD program works to enable its students to develop expertise in the rapidly developing area of Organizational Leadership, and particularly to be able to engage in interesting, innovative, and cutting-edge research in the field. 


UMES location: Please click this link for directions to the UMES campus - the ORLD program is located in Spaulding Hall, which is located just after Hazel Hall and the UMES Public Safety building. Visitors should go to the Public Safety office to receive a visitors pass. Students will purchase a UMES parking permit from the Department of Public Safety.

ESHEC location: Please click this link for directions to the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center campus. Parking is free.


MARCH 2015 UPDATE: Please click here for Summer and Fall 2015 schedule of classes and other relevant program and registration information.


Keep an eye here for upcoming events!


Keep an eye here for upcoming events!


Our alumna Dr. Jacqueline Stone has just published a study "Association of Health Professional Leadership Behaviors on Health Promotion Practice Beliefs" at the prestigious Disability and Health Journal. Drs. Attoh and Gong are among the coauthors. Congratulations to Dr. Stone!  

 Congratulations to our fresh doctorates, Dr. Deborah Hixson and Dr. Kantrice Rose. Wish them a successful career!

 The ORLD program now has two presences in the virtual world - our Facebook page and our program blog. Check them out and join in the dialogue!

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