Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies

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Ph.D. Programs

Achieve a Degree Grounded in Humanistic Inquiry

Union Institute & University’s Ph.D. program incorporates interdisciplinary study to expand and deepen your knowledge and expertise. Explore ideas and practices in leadership, public policy, social change, ethics, creativity, innovation, design thinking, and beyond, in our rich online and in-person academic community.

Research your interest

we encourage your creativity

and passion to explore new ideas

Socially relevant study

apply the knowledge you

discover everyday in your life

An inspiring community

we connect you with a vibrant community

of academically focused peers & mentors

Learn by your

own schedule

Our national doctoral program is designed to fit your lifestyle no matter where you call home. Union’s flexibility gives you the opportunity to make the greatest meaningful change in your life: your education. There are two six-month terms with enrollment dates and residency periods in January and July. Complete this 66 semester hour degree program in as little as 3 years (maximum 7 years).

Select a major to learn more

  • Educational Studies
  • Ethical & Creative Leadership
  • Humanities & Culture
  • Public Policy & Social Change
Non-Enrolling Degree Programs :

Add a notable qualification to your esteemed degree


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Studies

specialize in the creative and intellectual legacy of Dr. King

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students are saying

I selected Union Institute & University because of the focus on social justice and the flexibility to maintain my lifestyle. Union’s principle foundation of personal accountability and building change agents to impact community were also points I considered when making Union my #1 choice

Purcell DyeStudent in Public Policy & Social Change

No place else on the planet will you find a more loving community of people. I get hugs from my classmates and professors. Professors who don’t have me in class anymore will send me information related to my topics of interest. They really do want us all to succeed and to go out and change the world

Gus OttoStudent in Ethical & Creative Leadership