Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership

Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership

This doctorate program combines online instruction with face-to-face support and integrates the latest theories from both education and organizational leadership including transformational leadership, collaborative relationships, political intelligence, strategic thinking, diversity, and creativity and sustained innovation.

Program Overview

The Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership program develops leaders who transform their organizations through collaboration, innovation, positive influence, strategic thinking and a profound commitment to lifelong learning. The Ed.D. program is an interdisciplinary degree leading to many career paths – educators, business executives, organizational development consultants, city and county government, college faculty and staff, and non-profits. 

As a student, you will:

  • Learn within local cohorts offering opportunities to work with distinguished leaders as mentors and bond with peers.
  • Complete coursework in two years, dissertation in third.
  • Learn to lead transformational change through innovation and collaboration.
  • Begin preparing for dissertation right from the start.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership may be achieved by fulfilling the graduate admission requirements:

  1. Transcripts documenting successful attainment of a Masters Degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  2. Submission of a portfolio consisting of the following:
    • two writing samples that show graduate level writing and analytical skills;
    • a resume showing leadership experience, professional development, achievement awards or professional recognition;
    • two letters of reference along with waiver forms from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work;
    • letters of intent explaining reasons for wanting to enter this program.
  3. If the applicant is not in a leadership position, a letter must be submitted explaining his/her plans for addressing assignments in nearly every course that involve working with individuals and groups in an organization to bring about important change.
  4. All applicants must successfully participate in an intake interview with a doctoral faculty member designated by the Associate Dean.

Admission Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirements:

Transcripts documenting successful attainment of a Masters Degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Application Deadline

To achieve admission to the Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership your application must be submitted by one of the following deadlines:

  • Priority Application Deadline - Monday, March 19, 2018
    • All applicants who have a completed application and submitted their Intent to Enroll form by the application deadline will have the $250 deposit waived
  • Regular Application Deadline: Monday, May 14, 2018
  • Late Application Deadline: Monday, June 11, 2018
  • Deposit Deadline: Monday, June 25, 2018


EDD Enrollment Deposit


Please note: Campuses that do not obtain a minimum of 8 admitted and enrolled students with a confirmed deposit by the deposit deadline will need to be relocated to the nearest regional campus for the monthly cohort meetings.


Degree Requirements

EDOL 700 Transformational Leadership 3
EDOL 705 Organizational Communication and Conflict Management 3
EDOL 706 Team and Group Dynamics 3
EDOL 707 Organizational Theory and Development 3
EDOL 708 Strategic Thinking 3
EDOL 709 Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability 3
EDOL 720 Creativity, Innovation, and Sustainable Change 3
EDOL 721 The Ethics and Politics of Decision Making 3
EDOL 722 Diversity and Intercultural Aspects of Leadership 3
EDOL 723 Innovation in Resource Management 3
EDOL 724 The Leader as Change Agent 3
EDOL 750 Writing for Research and Publication I 2
EDOL 751 Writing for Research and Publication II 2
EDOL 752 Quantitative Research Methods I 2
EDOL 753 Quantitative Research Methods II 2
EDOL 754 Qualitative Research Methods I 2
EDOL 755 Qualitative Research Methods II 2
EDOL 780 Transformational Change Field Experience 3
EDOL 790 Developing the Dissertation Prospectus 3
EDOL 791 Dissertation I 3
EDOL 792 Dissertation II 3
EDOL 799 Dissertation Extension 0


Total Credits 57
  • Online*
  • Local Cohort Locations:
    • Antelope Valley
    • Bangor
    • Bremerton
    • Culver City
    • Fairfield
    • Irvine
    • Lacey
    • Menifee
    • Modesto
    • Monterey
    • Ontario
    • Palm Desert
    • Riverside
    • Roseville
    • San Diego
    • Santa Maria
    • Victorville
    • Visalia
    • Walnut Creek
    • Whidbey Island
    • Yuba City
    • Yucaipa

*This program is not available to residents of all states. Please contact a University Enrollment Coach for details.

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