Leadership Communication Doctoral Program

Leading Change. Engaging Community. Advancing Communication.

K-State's Leadership Communication doctoral program is an interdisciplinary research degree grounded in community-engaged scholarship. Through this program, you engage in innovative and challenging coursework that examines the theories and methods of leadership and communication needed for collaborative change. A customized plan of study will emphasize your area of interests and the community challenges that matter most to you. By studying and practicing the art of leading change, you will produce original research that contributes to making progress on the most difficult challenges of our times.

For more information contact our Program Director, Kerry Priest, Ph.D., at kerryp@ksu.edu.

About Our Students

Our students come from a variety of academic backgrounds, professional sectors, and personal and civic interests. Strong candidates for this doctoral program are:

  • Preparing for careers with non-governmental organizations, foundations, or in public administration and government. Or preparing to become university faculty, staff or extension professionals.
  • Committed to developing research skills and capacities for communication and knowledge across difference.
  • Oriented toward learning, change agency, and meaningful professional endeavors.
  • Part of broader personal, professional, and civic communities for which they share responsibility.

Our students want to discover and create ways to heighten their impact within those communities.

Community-Engaged Scholarship

We are committed to co-creating knowledge with community and university partners that enrich scholarship, research, and the common good.


Learn more about the application process and what makes a strong candidate for this program.