Requirements and Details

Total Program: 54 semester hours

The Ed.D. Program is delivered as a blended system combining onsite and virtual work. Students attend on-campus practicum sessions and research seminars during the semester as well as virtual activities such as webinars. In addition, students participate in a learning group in their geographical area. The program requires a time commitment of three years with 3 courses each semester (9 units): Two organizational leadership courses and one research course per semester.

The organizational leadership sequence is 12 courses over three years that may be taken for credit or for a grade. Each course integrates leadership theory, skill development, and practice in the field. Examples of content include leadership theory, change, coaching, communication, diversity, innovation, systems thinking, and teamwork. The research sequence is 6 courses over three years. Four courses provide students with a foundation in qualitative and quantitative research. Students complete these four research courses sequentially during the first two years. The remaining 2 research courses are completed during the dissertation process in the third year.

Note: Students who entered the program prior to 2016, please refer to your catalog of admission year for course information.

Year 1

Fall Semester
Code Course Title Units
ORGL 611 Personal Leadership 3
ORGL 612 Personal/Interpersonal Communication and Conflict 3
ORGL 684A Introduction to Dissertation Research I 3
Spring Semester
Code Course Title Units
ORGL 613 Classic and Contemporary Leadership Theories and Approaches 3
ORGL 614 Leader as Coach 3
ORGL 684B Introduction to Dissertation Research II 3

Year 2

Fall Semester
Code Course Title Units
ORGL 621 Facilitation 3
ORGL 622 Conflict Management 3
ORGL 686A Applied Research Method I 3
Spring Semester
Code Course Title Units
ORGL 623 Decision Making 3
ORGL 624 Team Leadership 3
ORGL 686B Applied Research Method II 3

Year 3

Fall Semester
Code Course Title Units
ORGL 631 Organization Future 3
ORGL 632 Organization Theory and Design 3
ORGL 698A Dissertation in Organizational Leadership I 3
Spring Semester
Code Course Title Units
ORGL 633 Change 3
ORGL 634 Organizational Development 3
ORGL 698B Dissertation in Organizational Leadership II 3

*Students who do not complete the dissertation within the three years of coursework, must continuously enroll in the Dissertation in Organizational Leadership course each semester up to the eight-year time limit for the completion of the degree.

Advancement to Candidacy.

Before a student can continue with his/her research leading to completion of the dissertation, the student must be Advanced to Candidacy. This usually happens at the end of the second year.

Following are the Advancement to Candidacy Criteria:

  • Successful completion of the eight courses (24 units) included in the Personal, Interpersonal and Team Arenas
  • Successful completion or four courses (12 units) of Research (684, 687, 688 and 686)
  • Completion of an approved Research Prospectus
  • A 3.0 GPA
  • Current Leadership Development Portfolio
  • Learning Group Faculty Support
  • No significant shortcomings in professional practice
  • Full admission to the program

The final third year courses for completion of the research are 698A and 698B. If the student does not finish his/her dissertation research within the three years of coursework he/she must enroll in Continuous Enrollment, Dissertation in Organizational Leadership each semester up to the eight year time limit for the completion of the degree.

Applicants will be evaluated by the departmental admissions committee using the following measures:

  • An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university
  • An earned Masters Degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in all work leading to the degree
  • Academic capability to complete program requirements
  • Leadership potential
  • Opportunity to apply theory to leadership practice in an organization
  • A completed application with application fee
  • Official transcripts from degree-granting institutions for the bachelor’s and master’s degrees and all other coursework
  • An official copy of the GRE score of the Miller Analogies Test score. Scores must be within the recent 5 years and are considered as part of the applicant’s overall academic and professional background.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • Writing sample.

Bachelor’s degree transcripts are required to complete the file.