Ed.D., Organizational Leadership

Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership

The program is designed to develop visionary leaders that are creative change agents in diverse organizational settings. The Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership encourages transformation through collaboration, innovation, positive influence and strategic thinking. With cohorts meeting throughout the state of California  and Washington this groundbreaking program is offered in a flexible hybrid format of online instruction and local face-to-face support systems, serving the needs of students with busy schedules.

Advantages of the program include utilization of the latest technology and multimedia tools, instruction by experienced faculty who are active practitioners, curriculum that balances collaboration with independent learning, and diverse instructional strategies that emphasize practical application of best practices in the field of education. Students are able to complete coursework in two years and their dissertation in approximately one year following.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Transformational Leadership: Create a vision of the future as an ethical agent of change, who mobilizes stakeholders to transform the organization.
  • Diversity: Integrate the strengths that individual and cultural differences contribute to create an organization that is equitable, respectful, responsive and morally accountable in a global society.
  • Collaborative Relationships: Build a culture of trusting relationships and purposeful involvement that supports critical and creative problem solving and decision making through effective communication and conflict resolution.
  • Political Intelligence: Generate organizational influence to ethically advocate for causes and changes that will advance the organization’s vision and mission.
  • Strategic Thinking:  Construct a systems- oriented learning organization to develop, implement, and assess effective, futures-based plans that facilitate innovation, problem solving and continuous improvement.
  • Creativity and Sustained Innovation:  Develop a culture of divergent thinking and responsible risk taking that harnesses the potential of available human capital to transform the organization.

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 two 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 10, 2014
  • Regular Admission - February 16, 2015
  • Late Consideration - May 1, 2015

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

A non-refundable $250 Enrollment Deposit will be required by May 31, 2015 in order to hold your position in the Fall 2015 class.

Please note: Campuses that do not obtain a minimum of 8 admitted and enrolled students with a confirmed deposit by May 31, 2015 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
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