Community College Leadership (PhD)

Education that works. Leadership that makes a difference.

Community College LeadershipDo you want to pursue a leadership role in the community college setting? Are you dedicated to the mission and philosophy of community colleges? This online doctoral program is for you!

This online community college leadership program's curriculum was developed in conjunction with current community college leaders. You will learn about workforce development, student issues, and the community college role in higher education, and be prepared to serve in key leadership positions in community colleges around the nation.


Why Community College Professionals choose ODU


The typical program of study contains four parts including core coursework in community college leadership, a research component, electives, and the dissertation.

Internship/Experiential Learning
All students are required to complete one internship/experiential learning course. Students who do not have a minimum of three years of senior administrative experience in a community college will also be required to take a second internship/experiential learning course. It is expected that each student completing an internship will work with a senior level community college administrator or an educational leader who works with community colleges or adult learning organizations.

Summer Institute in Norfolk, Virginia
In early June, first and second-year doctoral students come to campus for the two-week "Summer Institute", a time of intensive coursework and preparation for the dissertation process. In addition to completing the class sessions for two courses, students get to know faculty members and begin developing professional relationships and life-long friendships with other students. These relationships and preparation work help to support students throughout the dissertation process.

Prior course work is assumed in statistics, student development, workforce development, and leadership theory. If this assumption is not met, then additional course work will be added to the candidate's graduate program of study.

Please see the department's web pages for more information. 

Learning Environment

Courses in this program will be offered in these technologies:

Online synchronous: Access course material online from any location and participate in live, regularly scheduled online class meetings.

Practicum / Internship: A practicum or internship is a required part of this program.

Community College Leadership Careers

The program is designed for those currently working in community colleges who want to increase their knowledge and leadership opportunities in areas such as:

  • Curriculum
  • Finance
  • Leadership & Administration
  • Policy Development
  • Workforce Development

Calculating Cost

Graduate Distance Learning Tuition Classification Cost per credit hour
Virginia residents (with Virginia domicile) $464
Students living outside of Virginia $501
* In Virginia but without Virginia domicile $1160

Rates are effective Fall 2015 and subject to change. Please visit ODU's main Admission & Financial Aid web site for complete tuition details, including fees and deadlines.

For questions about domicile or “in-state” status as it applies to tuition rates, please click here.

Admission Information

Admission to this program is separate from admission to the university.

Learn more about how to apply to the Community College Leadership Ph.D. program on the department's web site.