An Unique Approach To Leadership Scholarship

The Dual Professional PhD / Doctor of Applied Leadership program represents an unique approach to leadership scholarship. Based on the same design as the PhD/DBA combined program it is specifically formulated to address the requirement of achieving the highest level of integration between the theoretical aspects of a PhD program and the applied nature of the DOAL program. The program is meant for top consultants, practicing managers or academics who wish to ensure a well-rounded and holistic understanding of the nexus of leadership theory and practice. As an integrated program emphasis is placed on the ability of the Candidate to merge and synthesize theory with real world application to push the scholarship in both an academic and applied focus.

Theory & Praxis Integration

The Dual Degree program is designed around the completion of core competencies of the DOAL program along with the completion of the PhD dissertation. Specific modules include:

Program Schematic Full-Time

  1. Coursework
    • Social Issues In Management
    • Authentic Leadership
    • Leadership of the Self
    • Spirituality & Coaching
    • Theories of Counselling
    • Group Dynamics
  2. Critical Thinking (Link)
  3. Quantitative Research Methods (Link)
  4. Qualitative Research Methods Module (Link)
  5. Research Proposal Preparation Module (Link)
  6. PhD Research Proposal Perfecting Module (Link)
  7. Dissertation Part A Preparation & Completion (Chapters 1, 2 & 3) (Link)
  8. Dissertation Part B Preparation & Completion (Chapters 4, 5 & 6) (Link)
  9. Defense Presentation Preparation Module (Link)

The completion of the PhD dissertation also includes the additional requirement, beyond that of theoretical scholarship, to demonstrate the integration to a real world leadership issues where the theoretical domain synthesizes with the practical aspects of management practice.

Often, in leadership studies a student must choose between an applied orientation or a theoretical one. Students following the theoretical approach can often lack the hands-on understanding of leadership as their academic training may not have a sufficient component of reflective personal or in-group exercises. Conversely, students following an applied approach may lack a deeper understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of leadership and counselling theory. The Dual PhD / DOAL program responds to this need by combining the applied aspect of the DOAL program with the academic rigor of the PhD program. As a result, graduates are very well-rounded and able to move between praxis and theory in all settings whether it be academic or professional. This combined knowledge provides a competitive advantage to the graduate when in the marketplace.

Dr. Donald Oxford York – Dean of Student Development and Professor of  Leadership


Monarch Business School is the first distance-learning business school to achieve triple accreditation by the International Standards Association (9001, 14001, 18001). Monarch Business School is a member of EFMD-The Premiere European Accreditaiton Agency, ACBSP-the Association For Collegiate Business Schools & Programs, CEEMAN-The Central and Eastern European Management Association and ACUNS-The Academic Council of the United Nations System. See our accreditation page.


Participant progress is assessed through the submission of various written assignments per module. The program concludes with the completion of a doctoral dissertation. There are no exams within the program.

Master-In-Passing Degree (MPHIL)

At the successful completion of the program the candidate will also be issued the Master of Philosophy in Business Research degree.

The program has a rolling admission and be started at any time.

  • Standard Duration = 3 Years
  • Candidates may extend the program up to 6 years, extension fees apply at the same rate.


The program is completed online using the Monarch Learning Management System. During the program the Candidate must attend at least one workshop on sight at the school in order to design the research. The dissertation/manuscript must be defended at the school at the end of the program.

Program Open To

  • Graduates from accredited Bachelor & Master programs with +5 Years Management Experience;
  • Candidates with a Professional designation and +5 years managerial experience may be admitted to the program on the discretion of the Dean.

Tuition is levied on a quarterly basis in advance. All candidates may terminate a program upon 3 months written notice to the administration. The Dual PhD/DOAL program follows the same tuition schedule as the Dual PhD/DBA program.

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