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Antioch University - Graduate School of Leadership and Change

About this program

The PhD in Leadership and Change is a unique interdisciplinary program for socially engaged professionals who want to study the scholarship, research and practice of leading positive change. Students apply that interdisciplinary study to their own areas of professional practice and conduct original research to contribute to improving organizations, workplaces and communities worldwide. Students can live and work anywhere since the program is low residency, meaning students meet three times a year in face-to-face residencies and then engage with peer learners and faculty in a robust virtual learning community between gatherings. The program is outcomes-based, meaning students are awarded credit for the demonstration of learning, rather than the seat time in a class. The program is decidedly mission-driven, focusing on developing scholar-practitioners who are committed to furthering social, economic, environmental and educational justice.

  • Year partnership began: 2016
  • Fellowships awarded per year (average): 1 per cohort

Application requirements

In addition to the PhD in Leadership and Change standard application process, those applying for the Coverdell Fellowship must submit verification of service at the time of the applications as well as specific application questions related to their current and/or previous experience with underserved communities in the United States.

Admissions process

Those applying for the Fellows Scholarship follow the same admissions process as all applicants to the PhD in Leadership and Change Program. Recipients of the Fellowship are informed of the final decision in June of each year. The new cohort begins in July of each year.

Degrees awarded

PhD in Leadership and Change

Benefits and opportunities

In-state Out-of-state
Tuition and fees $81,000 $81,000
Value of fellowship $19,350 $19,350
Net cost $61,650 $61,650

Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing. See cost savings details for more.

Estimated annual cost of living: $4,000

Cost savings details

Scholarship equal to 25% of annual tuition plus waiver of application fee.


The Coverdell programs student internship requirements are satisfied through a second-year real-world change effort. All PhDLC students including Coverdell Fellows - are required to design, implement and reflect on a real-world change initiative. The Change Project requires between 3-6 months of effort and the proposal, implementation and final report is equivalent to six credits, approximately 10% of the total credits required for the program. Students design their Change Projects to serve underserved communities. Examples include initiatives with community mental health agencies serving low-income populations, environmental advocacy organizations focusing on poverty and social justice issues, and K-12 schools at the cutting edge of serving underserved communities. Throughout this process students have the close support of the faculty and staff of the PhDLC to best guide them in the alignment of their program assignments with the Peace Corps requirements.

Other opportunities

Jobs for alumni

The over 200 program alumni hold jobs in virtually every sector, from education to the non-profit, for- profit and civic sector. Alumni positions range from senior-level administrators to faculty, foundation program directors to community organizers, teachers, superintendents and business owners.

Nontraditional options

Low residency or distance learning

Contact information

Leslee Creighton
Associate Director of Outreach and Engagement




[email protected]


Antioch University
900 Dayton St
Yellow Springs, OH 45387