WVSU launches first doctorate program in university history

West Virginia State University announced Tuesday it’s launching its first doctorate degree program.

The university will launch its doctorate of education in leadership studies program in May, according to a news release.

The fully online, two-year program is the first doctorate degree in the history of WVSU and is designed for working professionals from a variety of fields.

“This is truly a historic moment in the 133-year history of our university. Today, we can proudly say that we are now a doctoral degree granting, land-grant university,” WVSU President Ericke S. Cage said in the news release. “This doctorate of education in leadership studies program will serve a vital need for the workforce in West Virginia by providing executive level education that will allow organizational leaders to continue to grow in their professional careers.”

The program utilizes a cohort model, in which a group of students moves through the program together, taking all classes in sequence as a group. Cohorts offer mutual academic, emotional, and logistical support and provide opportunities for members to learn from and study with one another, the news release said.

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