Doctor of Strategic Leadership (D.S.L.)

Doctor of Strategic Leadership (D.S.L.)


Students pursuing the Doctorate of Strategic Leadership (DSL) will gain knowledge and skills in the discipline of strategic leadership that can be applied in current and future leadership and teaching roles. The program seeks to provide an opportunity for qualified students to attain academic, professional, and practical competence in the field of leadership and to prepare them for opportunities, and corresponding additional responsibilities, beyond the master’s degree level.  The DSL program emphasizes practical and real-world applications in both the course work and the major applied doctoral research project requirements. Importantly, all subjects are explored within a biblical worldview. This 51-hour program is designed for individuals seeking to advance in their current career as well as those pursuing careers in leadership consulting or academia.

Program Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  • Evaluate strategic leadership principles based upon current leadership theories and concepts.
  • Recommend analysis methods to perform strategic leadership research.
  • Recommend strategic leadership solutions based upon research, knowledge of the literature, and best practices.
  • Integrate a Christian Worldview into strategic leadership principles.

Program Specific Admissions Requirements

The DSL has a competitive admissions process. Meeting the requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. In addition to any admission requirements established by the Graduate school, DSL Admission Requirements include:

  1. Academic Records. Applicants must submit an official transcript indicating successful completion of a master’s degree program from any discipline from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above on the applicant’s graduate degree is required for entrance into the program
  3. TOEFL Scores for students who speak English as a second language (score of 600 paper-based test; 250 computer-based test, 80 internet-based test).

Transfer of Credit

Applicants may transfer up to 24 hours of coursework. In order for a transferred course to replace a Liberty University course, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The school at which the course was taken must be appropriately accredited.
  2. The course credit must be at least three semester hours or five quarter hours.
  3. The student must have earned a grade of B- or better in the course.
  4. The course must overlap one of Liberty’s courses by at least 80%. The course(s) to be transferred must have been completed within seven (7) years of the start date of the student’s program at Liberty University.
  5. Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

Transfer credit will not be given for the following courses:

BMAL 700DSL Program Orientation3
BMAL 785DRP Research Concept3
BMAL 887Doctoral Research Project I4
BMAL 888Doctoral Research Project II4
BMAL 889Doctoral Research Project III4
BMAL 890Doctoral Research Project IV0

Delivery Format: Online Only

  • Company Executive
  • Management Analyst
  • Management Consultant
  • Training and Development Specialist
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