Ed.D., Organizational Leadership

Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership

Brandman University, part of the Chapman University System, offers an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership that develops visionary leaders who are creative agents of change in transforming their diverse organizations through collaboration, innovation, positive influence, strategic thinking and a profound commitment to lifelong learning. The Ed.D. program is an Interdisciplinary degree, designed for students from all career paths – educators, business executives, organizational development consultants, city and county government, college faculty and staff, and non-profits. 

What Makes the Brandman Ed.D. Program Unique?

  • Online program with rich face-to-face support and access to instructors
  • Local cohorts throughout the state of CA, WA, AZ, NV, and TX offer opportunities to work with distinguished leaders as mentors and bond with student peers who help each other succeed
  • Coursework completed in two years, dissertation in third
  • Learn to lead transformational change through innovation and collaboration
  • Extraordinary preparation for dissertation beginning immediately

Learning Outcomes

The flexible hybrid format of online instruction and local face-to-face support systems serves the needs of students with busy schedules. The doctorate program integrates the latest theories and best practices from both education and organizational leadership to produce 21st century leaders. Learning how to lead people through transformational change is woven through the entire program. Students will be immersed in a variety of subjects including: Transformational leadership, collaborative relationships, political intelligence, strategic thinking, diversity, and creativity and sustained innovation.

Program Modality

  • Cohorts: Individual online work and study will be augmented with extended activities in monthly half-day cohort meetings, in which students work together to develop their leadership competencies. Students will be assigned to a local cohort with others in their geographical area. A leading practitioner will serve as a cohort mentor, working with you continuously for the two years of coursework.
  • Local Cohort Locations: Antelope Valley, Bangor, 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, and Yucaipa.
  • Immersions: Six times during two years of coursework all Ed.D. students will meet near the Irvine campus for extensive relationship-building with faculty and students program-wide, presentations by expert speakers, dissertation seminars, and in-depth engagement in learning. These meetings are held on three or four day weekends.
  • Transformational Change Project: To integrate change theory into real world settings and provide an opportunity for clinical practice, each student will design, implement, and assess a Transformational Change Project (TCP), which will be operationalized in a real organization.
  • Dissertation - Two Approaches: Students have the option of working individually in the traditional dissertation approach or engaging in a supportive collaboration of faculty and several other dissertation students in a thematic dissertation. Each student in the thematic group develops a research plan around a current interest that they share. Each student researches the problem from a different perspective. All members of the group share literature sources, provide feedback on research design and drafts, and help each other remain focused and moving forward. One faculty member serves as the chair for all students working in the small collaborative group. Whether pursuing the traditional dissertation approach or the thematic dissertation, each student writes their own dissertation.

Start your transformational change by earning your Doctoral Degree from Brandman University, a WASC accredited institution with state (CTC) and national (NCATE/CAEP) professional accreditation.  Talk to an Enrollment Coach today.

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 Deadline - November 9, 2015
  • Regular Admission - February 15, 2016
  • Late Consideration - Submitted and Completed Applications by June 20, 2016

Applications received after the dates are reviewed on a space available basis only.

A non-refundable $250 Enrollment Deposit will be required by July 11, 2016 in order to hold your position in the Fall 2016 class.

Please note: Campuses that do not obtain a minimum of 8 admitted and enrolled students with a confirmed deposit by June 20, 2016 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


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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