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Doctoral Concentrations

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Fielding’s Common Doctoral Framework

The doctoral programs in the School of Leadership Studies at Fielding are designed with a Common Doctoral Framework. This framework includes foundational courses, electives, leadership competencies, optional concentrations, a research/praxis project, and a dissertation.

Fielding’s Common Doctoral Framework creates a pathway to degree completion in 3+ years. A combination of transfer credit and documented prior learning may enable qualified candidates to enter the program with advanced standing, thereby reducing the total cost of the program.

Optional, Shared Concentrations

Students can individualize their doctoral program and expand their professional expertise by selecting one of our shared doctoral concentrations. A student enrolled in our doctoral programs may select any of our doctoral concentrations into a personalized program of study (see below). Each concentration typically includes a minimum of three tailored courses and access to a community of scholar-practitioners who are passionate about this specialized field of study.

*The shared concentrations do not apply to Fielding’s School of Psychology Doctoral Programs.



Sustainability Leadership

The world faces many challenges today—growing inequality, workforce exploitation, environmental destruction, resource depletion, and climate change, among others. The objective of the doctoral concentration in Sustainability Leadership is to produce leaders in businesses, nonprofits, governments, and educational institutions.



The doctoral concentration in Coaching offers an interdisciplinary approach to integrating research-based coaching theory with professional practice in organizational and individual coaching. Students are encouraged to consider how the material resonates with, challenges or adds new dimensions to their professional and personal experiences (work life, teaching and consulting, formal coaching practices, and community).


Somatics, Phenomenology and Communicative Leadership

Imagine yourself a leader of change at your workplace, using embodied, mindful awareness (somatics). Imagine an educational or work setting which includes breathing exercises, stretching, yoga mats as alternative to chairs and desks. Imagine working together by dancing together, celebration vs. competition, knowing that together you are in touch with the earth, not destroying it, collaborating, not undermining each other, enhancing well-being, instead of bullying. Become part of a community of empathic awareness, shared collaborative understanding, mindfulness, earth awareness and enhanced consciousness.


Creative Longevity and Wisdom

The goal of the doctoral concentration in Creative Longevity and Wisdom is to enhance knowledge and practice in areas concerning mid-life and older adults. The concentration brings together currents of knowledge from various fields and helps students engage with their life experiences and challenges through phenomenological writing. The study of wisdom development and creativity enhances that of the participants, so that they in turn can bring this into their research and practice. The Somatics and mindfulness aspects of enhancing longevity are encouraged through study and workshops.

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