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Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership

Become a purposeful, transformative leader.

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. 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 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.

Program Overview

Credit hours 54
Degree Doctor of Education
Program length 3-5 years
Tracks 3


You will take courses such as:

  • Leading Organizational Change 
  • Introduction to Doctoral Study 
  • Human Resource Development 
  • Technology & Financial Resource Development 
  • 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.


  • Higher Education
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Learning with Emerging Technologies

What outcomes can you expect?

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
Principle and student

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 please contact a Graduate Advisor.

Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.