December 22, 2010 | Adam Sorensen | Leave a comment Officials from the St. Thomas University, which is located in Minnesota, recently announced that the school is enabling students to complete the online doctorate in leadership and management degree program within two years. College officials said that the program will focus on training a new generation of leaders by combining cutting-edge management and leadership theories with practical application to the working environment. The program is tailored to working professionals who are seeking to advance into organizational leadership roles and to upgrade their skills in management, planning, design, evaluation, research and policy development. Furthermore, officials said that individuals can complete the curriculum without interrupting their careers. The accelerated program offers a broad spectrum of courses that are intended to meet the individual needs of the students as well as develop a diverse community of learners. College officials noted that the curriculum is designed for older, more experienced adults who can draw from their work experience to add to discussions. According to a 2009 report from the Sloan Consortium, approximately 4.6 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2008 semester.