Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership

Master strong leadership skills and the ability to transform organizations with a high quality, affordable doctoral degree to fit your busy life. Join a long legacy of professionals who have earned their credentials or degrees at UMass Global, advancing their careers to the next level.

Ed.D Degree Designed for Working Adults

In this online program, you and your cohort will learn to harness influence through interdisciplinary study in transformational leadership, collaborative relationships, political intelligence, strategic thinking, diversity, creativity, and sustained innovation.

What can you expect: 

  • 100% online
    UMass Global's doctorate of education courses are offered 100% online. In-person attendance at one annual event is required.
  • Earn your Ed.D. degree in three years
    Complete your coursework in two years and your dissertation in the third.
  • Transformational change project
    Apply your academic and practical knowledge toward the completion of a Transformational Change Project and dissertation, addressing existing problems in the workplace well beyond the completion of the program and throughout your career.

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Fall I (Aug 28, 2023)

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Program Benefits that Benefit You.

Supportive Approach

A cohort-based learning approach where you benefit from the diversity of your classmates while working with distinguished leaders who guide and mentor you.

Impact in Action

Over 50% of Doctor of Education students receive a promotion or new position while in the program.*

Built for Leaders and Educators

Designed for working professionals with leadership experience who desire to lead K-12 schools, universities, community colleges, non-profit, government, and corporate organizations.


University of Massachusetts Global is accredited by the WSCUC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

California Commission on Teaching Credentialing

University of Massachusetts Global's School of Education is accredited by the California Commission on Teaching Credentialing.

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    Skills I learned in class come into play every day: being able to relate to people, being able to negotiate and being able to work with people from all walks of life. It really helps you go from one level to the next.
    Melanie D.
    Education, Ed.D.
    Not all doctoral programs are alike. I loved the cohort model becuase I not only earned my doctorate I also gained lifelong friends and a network of professionals I can rely on. The Ed.D. program taught me to be confident and thoughtful in my leadership decisions.
    Linda C.
    Education, Ed.D.
    I started the program because I knew I wanted to lead with a job that had more responsibility and would have more impact. I've reached my goal. Five years later, I am a Doctor of Education, a better leader and person and my school districts and students have benefited from my improved leadership.
    Michelle H.
    Education, Ed.D

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for the Doctorate in Organizational Leadership program must complete an intake interview with a doctoral faculty member and the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • Letter of intent
    • One essay
    • Transcripts documenting successful attainment of a 3.0 GPA or admissions portfolio review by a faculty member.
    • Resume showing leadership experience, professional development, achievement awards or professional recognition
    • 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.

    Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.

    Application Deadlines

    The Ed.D. Program is offered on a semi-annual basis starting Fall I and Spring I.

    • Fall
    • Regular Application Deadline – Monday, May 8, 2023
    • Extended Application Deadline – Monday, June 12, 2023
    • Final Application Deadline – Monday, July 17, 2023
    • Bootcamp Course Open – Monday, July 25, 2023
    • Spring
    • Spring 1 2024 application deadlines are still being determined so you may want to take down the dates that are currently on the webpage and put TBD for now.


    Ed.D Degree Curriculum for the Highest Levels of Leadership

    Our expert faculty are field-based practitioners and scholars from a wide spectrum of industries who will guide you through a deep exploration the art and science of leadership. You’ll start preparing for your dissertation during the first two years, then write and defend it during your third and final year in the program.

    • EDOL 700  Transformational Leadership


      EDOL 705  Organizational Communication and Conflict Management


      EDOL 706  Team and Group Dynamics


      EDOL 707  Organizational Theory and Development


      EDOL 708  Strategic Thinking


      EDOL 709  Assessment, Evaluation, and Accountability


      EDOL 720  Creativity, Innovation, and Sustainable Change


      EDOL 721  The Ethics and Politics of Decision Making


      EDOL 722  Diversity and Intercultural Aspects of Leadership


      EDOL 723  Innovation in Resource Management


      EDOL 724  The Leader as Change Agent


      EDOL 750  Writing for Research and Publication I


      EDOL 751  Writing for Research and Publication II


      EDOL 752  Quantitative Research Methods I 2
      EDOL 753  Quantitative Research Methods II


      EDOL 754  Qualitative Research Methods I


      EDOL 755  Qualitative Research Methods II


      EDOL 780  Transformational Change Field Experiences


      EDOL 790  Developing the Dissertation Prospectus


      EDOL 791  Dissertation I


      EDOL 792  Dissertation II


      EDOL 799  Dissertation Extension


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    • Candidates who are interested in clearing their Administrative Services Credential while enrolled in the Ed.D., Organizational Leadership program, click here for more information.

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