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Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Indiana University of Pennsylvania at Dixon University Center is pleased to offer the Administration and Leadership Studies, Ph.D., Employment and Labor Relations, M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, D.Ed., and Nursing, Ph.D, programs.

Administration and Leadership Studies, Ph.D.   

The Ph.D. program in Administration and Leadership Studies (ALS) began in 1998. Taught by an interdisciplinary faculty, the program is housed in the Department of Sociology and offered in collaboration with the Departments of Political Science and Economics.

With a focus on leadership in nonprofit and public sectors, the ALS program is designed to educate administrators who work in a wide variety of settings including health and human services and higher education. The cohort-based program admits between 15 and 20 students at a time, who generally take two classes per semester (although full-time study is an option) throughout the year, including the summer. Classes are designed to accommodate the schedules of working professionals, being offered in the evening and/or weekends.

Each year a cohort of students is admitted at one of the two program sites – on even years at the main campus in Indiana, PA (about 60 miles east of Pittsburgh) – and on the alternate years, the off-site program at the Dixon University Center in the state capital, Harrisburg, PA.

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Curriculum and Instruction, D.Ed.

The Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University of Pennsylvania prepares an individual to become a faculty member in a college of education within a university setting. It is designed for those who are beginning or continuing careers in higher education and for those who would like to become curriculum specialists in public, private and independent schools. The program is part-time; thus, it is ideal for those who seek to maintain full-time employment while pursuing the doctorate. Classes are held at the Dixon University Center, with IUP faculty members using distance technologies. Students are part of a cohort and progress through their IUP coursework as a group

Employment and Labor Relations, M.A.

The Master of Arts in Employment and Labor Relations is a multidisciplinary program designed to prepare professionals for a career in the field of employment and labor relations in the public and private sector in management, unions, government agencies, and neutral and service organizations. A Master of Arts Degree in Employment and Labor Relations strikes a perfect balance between theory, history, law, and the practical application of employment and labor relations and human resources.

Health Services Administration, M.S.

In our master’s program in Health Services Administration, you’ll pursue courses designed to provide you with marketable skills in human resources, health care delivery, and health care administration. This degree can lead you into leadership positions in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, insurance companies, and health organizations (nonprofit and for-profit).

Nursing, Ph.D.

The Ph.D. in Nursing program offers two options for students at the Dixon University Center. Students who are a Registered Nurse with a master’s degree may enroll in the 60-credit part-time Ph.D. program. Students that already have a D.N.P. degree and are seeking to advance their degree can enroll in the innovative D.N.P. to Ph.D. pathway. This 33-credit part-time program allows nurses with a D.N.P. to fast track through the Ph.D. program. Both degree options prepare graduates for a career in nursing education.

The program at the Dixon University Center is offered in a hybrid delivery format. Students meet in-person for each class during two immersive Friday/Saturday workshop sessions. Additional class time is offered via online delivery methods throughout the semester. Students take one course per semester throughout the year, making it an attractive option for working professionals. The program uses a cohort format, meaning that all students begin the program as a group and progress through the required sequence of courses together. Upon completion of the program, graduates assume leadership roles in diverse educational environments and help to meet the increasing demand for doctorate-level nursing faculty nationwide.

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Contact Information

Dr. Christian Vaccaro
Program Coordinator

Dr. Kelli Jo Kerry-Moran

Associate Professor
724-357-2400 x3222

Dr. David Piper
Professor and Chairperson, Employment & Labor Relations

Dr. Scott Decker
Assistant Professor

Dr. Teresa Shellenbarger
Distinguished University Professor



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