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Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership

The Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program is designed to provide learners with an understanding of how to manage people and projects in order to maximize an organization's potential. Read more about this Northcentral University curriculum here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:

Doctoral

Program Prerequisites:

Individuals interested in this program may find it beneficial to have taken courses in organizational psychology, business communications, finance, or management. They may have experience in a leadership role, though this is not required. Applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs should already possess a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

This doctoral degree program is intended to teach students methods in business strategizing and organizational relations. The program is designed to teach learners how to effectively manage in order to attain organizational objectives. Participants will have the chance to examine professional communication and mentoring strategies. They will also have the opportunity to learn about conflict resolution, organizational leadership, leadership ethics, and not-for-profit administration. Prior to completing the program, students will have the chance to complete a final applied research project and verbal dissertation defense.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/Total Credits Required:

This program requires the completion of at least 54 credit hours. However, up to an additional 12 credits will be allowed to complete dissertation research.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loan or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

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Required Courses for a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Doctor of Education Foundation Courses (24 credits)

  • EDU 8000: Foundations for Graduate Study in Education
  • EDU 8001: Advanced Scholarly Writing
  • EDR 8200: Scholarly Literature Review
  • EDR 8203: Research Methods
  • EDR 8201: Statistics I
  • EDR 8204: Advanced Qualitative Design and Measurement
  • EDR 8205: Advanced Quantitative Design and Measurement
  • One additional Specialization or Elective Course

Organizational Leadership Specialization Courses (15 credits)

Students select five courses from the following list:

  • OL 7100: Conflict Resolution and Mediation
  • OL 7101: Building Organizational Capacity
  • OL 7102: Leadership Ethics to Attain Organizational Excellence
  • OL 7103: Theory and Practice of Organizational Leadership
  • OL 7104: Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations
  • OL 7105: Leadership in Organizational Change

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (3 credits)

  • CMP 9700E: Doctoral Comprehensive Assessment: Pre-Candidacy Prospectus

Dissertation Requirements (12 credits)

  • DIS 9901A: Components of the Dissertation
  • DIS 9902A: The Dissertation Proposal
  • DIS 9903A: Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
  • DIS 9904A: The Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

Post Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

The Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program is designed to strengthen the leadership skills of existing educators, administrators, or business professionals. After earning this degree, graduates could be able to undertake additional responsibilities in their current workplace or seek employment with philanthropic agencies, government departments, corporations, colleges, or consultative agencies.

Depending on personal background and experience, graduates could be able to pursue work as a:

  • School administrator
  • Corporate training and development coordinator
  • Organizational leadership professor

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