Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership

Pursue your Ed.D. in Organizational Development online and strengthen your leadership skills and prepare to purposefully influence culture within your educational organization.

ACU’s online Doctor of Education in organizational leadership is designed to equip leaders to make a difference in their workplaces, schools and communities – all while continuing to work. That’s the flexibility an online Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership program gives you.

Our program is organized around five core competencies: personal development, resource development, collaboration and communication, organizational assessment, and organizational culture. Upon completing the Doctor of Education in Organizational Development program, you will know not only how to lead, but to lead with purpose based upon the foundation of Christian vocation.

Ready to be a part of a rigorous convenient, flexible, online program that allows you to take your leadership skills to a new level? Apply now or contact us for more information.

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The cost of graduate school.

We understand the cost of graduate school can be overwhelming, which is why ACU offers a variety of financial assistance to qualifying students. Learn more about financial aid options here.

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What outcomes can you expect from your online doctorate in organizational development program?

Upon completion, graduates will be able to: 

  • Integrate insight about their own calling with their ability to influence organizations in a purposeful manner 
  • Create, interpret, and administer practices with regard to source management in organizational contexts 
  • Design and implement messaging to build shared understanding and quality professional and personal relationships 
  • Apply organizational assessment strategies to their organizational contexts 
  • Demonstrate healthy leadership practices to influence organizational culture

Additional example coursework includes:

  • Leadership in Diverse Contexts 
  • Theories & Practices of Effective Leadership 
  • Contemporary Issues in Organizational Leadership 
  • Self-Assessment in Leadership 
  • Organizational Assessment & Evaluation 
  • Qualitative & Action Research Methods 
  • Quantitative Analysis 
  • Dissertation Prospectus Seminar 
  • Dissertation

A comprehensive list of course sequence, names, and descriptions can be found here.

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Admission Requirements

  • Complete an application and submit application fee 
  • Provide an official transcript in English (or translated to English) from previous schools attended. Transcripts must indicate an earned bachelor's and master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university or the equivalent. 
  • Cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or above 
  • Personal statement of interest 
  • Academic writing sample 
  • Professional CV or resume 
  • Two letters of recommendation

See full ACU online graduate catalog, including admission requirements here.
For a comprehensive list of admission requirements for online doctorate programs in leadership, please contact a Graduate Advisor.

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Degree Details

Organizational Leadership, EdD (ORGL)


Conflict Management, EdD (ORGL-CON)

Learning with Emerging Technologies, EdD (ORGL-LDLG)

Higher Education, EdD (ORGL-HIE)

Required Hours

Program length: 3-5 years

Credit hours: 54-57

Example Coursework

Leading Organizational Change

Introduction to Doctoral Study

Human Resource Development

Technology & Financial Resource Development


School of Educational Leadership

Application Deadlines

August 13, 2018