Ethical Leadership (EdD)

Degree Type
Area of Interest
Business and Leadership
Degree Level
College of Business, Leadership, and Ethics

Students will explore various philosophies of leadership and ethical decision-making skills to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. Our ethical leadership post-master's doctorate is a transformative program building on Viterbo University’s rich history in developing servant leaders.  Graduates with this leadership degree will go on to be chief diversity officers, senior management, and change-makers within their organizations.

  • Credit hours: 48
  • Location La Crosse, WI

Students will maintain a GPA of 3.0.

Transfer Credit

Individual consideration will be granted in the awarding of transfer credits. Up to 15 credits may be transferred to Viterbo University. These credits must meet equivalency requirements of the Doctoral Degree in Ethical Leadership.


All students will complete a dissertation prior to graduation from the EdD program. During the program students are prepared with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully accomplish a dissertation. Each student will select a faculty mentor and a committee to help with the process. A final copy of the dissertation will be submitted to the program director and archived in the Viterbo University Todd Wehr Memorial Library.

Learning Outcomes
  • Students practice leadership with advanced competency consistent with established leadership theory
  • Students can conceptualize human relationships from a variety of theoretical perspectives and demonstrate empathy and acumen in navigating them
  • Students will demonstrate leadership behavior consistent with internalized virtues of valuing human dignity, collective action, and servant leadership
  • Students can read, interpret, and conduct research relevant to leadership practice
  • Students can identify and discuss their potential role as advocates for improvement in organizational stewardship in the professional communities and larger society they serve
  • Students can assimilate the knowledge and skills intro the competencies required for their specific intended professional setting