Organizational and Community Leadership (Tulsa), Ph.D.

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Minimum Total Hours: 90

Program Code: D750

Admission Requirements

The Doctor in Philosophy in Organizational and Community Engagement is offered through the Graduate College in Tulsa.

In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission to the Graduate College, applicants must also meet the admissions requirements for the Ph.D. in Organizational and Community Engagement. Applications will be evaluated based on undergraduate and graduate work, evidence of leadership potential, and commitment to community health and well-being. Applicants must meet the minimum 3.0 GPA requirement (based upon a 4.0 scale) in previous course work. Compliance with admission requirements is demonstrated by submission of the following documents:

• Application to the Ph.D. program
• Personal Goal Statement
• Research Interest Statement
• Professional resume or CV
• Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s scholastic or leadership

For admission into the Ph.D. program, applicants must meet the requirements for full graduate admission standing. To do so, the candidate must have supplied all the items listed above and must be eligible for admission to degree status for the Graduate College.

Applicants who do not meet the criteria for full admission to the Ph.D. program will not be admitted into the program. All admission materials, not just GPA documents, will be used in determining the admissibility of applicants. The program faculty may elect to interview applicants who are selected as finalists for admission. Finalists may also be asked to submit additional information, such as an example of a significant research paper written during their prior graduate work or a chapter from their master's thesis. 

Program Requirements

  • This program is currently offered only at the University of Oklahoma's Tulsa campus
Up to 30 credit hours of a completed Master's degree from an accredited U.S. University30
Core Competencies18
Research Methods Core (9 hours) 1
Policy, Advocacy and Nonprofit Sector Core (3 hours) 1
Organizational & Administrative Leadership Core (3 hours) 1
Interpersonal Dynamics Core (3 hours) 1
General Electives 19
Prospectus Development
OCL 6813Prospectus Development for Doctoral Dissertation3
OCL 6980Research for Doctoral Dissertation30
Total Credit Hours90

Courses must be selected in consultation with the student's doctoral advisory committee and approved by the Graduate Liaison.

General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees

A student should expect to spend at least the equivalent of three full academic years beyond the bachelor’s degree to obtain the doctoral degree. During this period the student will take appropriate graduate coursework, successfully complete the general examination, and successfully defend and submit the final dissertation.

All coursework applied to the doctoral degree must carry graduate credit.

The doctoral degree requires at least 90 post-baccalaureate hours, including both formal coursework and hours of research.

The minimum hour requirement for a specific doctoral degree program cannot be waived.

No more than one-half of the credit hours, both OU and overall, excluding Research for Doctoral Dissertation (6980), may be S/U-graded coursework.

The student must be in residence at OU for at least two consecutive 16-week semesters during the pursuit of the doctoral degree while enrolled and engaged in coursework or research activities as prescribed by the major academic unit.

For more detailed regulations and requirements for Doctoral degrees, please consult the Graduate College Bulletin: