Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership

A Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership is a valuable degree program for individuals seeking to become influential leaders in various organizational settings. An Ed.D. is an excellent choice to advance your career and improve your leadership skills, while enjoying increased earning potential and greater job satisfaction!

Become an Influential Education Leader

This fully online Ed.D. from UMass Global prepares you with the knowledge and practical skills needed to navigate complex organizational challenges, manage change, and lead high-performing teams. You’ll gain expertise in transformational leadership, collaborative relationships, political intelligence, strategic thinking, diversity, creativity, and sustained innovation. This experience will position you for high-level administrative positions across the education, nonprofit, or corporate world. The cohort-based learning approach allows you to learn from the diversity of your classmates, while working with distinguished leaders who guide and mentor you. 

  • 100% Online
    Our online coursework is designed for adult learners, allowing the flexibility you need.
  • Earn Your Ed.D. in Three Years
    Complete your coursework in two years and your dissertation in the third.
  • Career Advancement
    You'll be amazed at how an Ed.D. opens doors - over 50% of our UMass Global Ed.D. students receive a promotion or a new position while in the program.*
  • Increased Earning Potential
    With an Ed.D., you can often command a higher salary than your counterparts who only have bachelor's or master's degrees.
  • Moving the Needle in Education
    You'll gain the skills and knowledge necessary to conduct research to advance the field of education, developing innovative programs, policies, and strategies to improve student outcomes.
  • Real world Curricula
    Our Ed.D. coursework is designed by education leaders to be instantly relevant in today's organizations. You'll address existing workplace problems in your Transformational Change Project and in your dissertation that will arise throughout your career.

Next Session

Spring I (Jan 8, 2024)

Estimated Tuition

Ways to Learn


Education that Fits Your Life

Scholarship, Grants, Other Discounts

Save money and time by transferring credits, applying for up to $20K in scholarship/grants and through possible employer discounts.

Legacy of Learning

UMass Global has a 65-year academic legacy of educating adult students and has pioneered online education for 15 years.

Built for Leaders and Educators

Our Ed.D. is designed for working professionals with leadership experience who seek to lead k-12 schools, universities, community colleges, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, or corporations.


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.

Imagine Your Future In Organizational Leadership

Results for [location name]

Enter your zip code.
Pease enter a valid zip code to proceed.
No data is available for this zip code. Showing data for Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA.


Top Organizations Hiring

    Prepare yourself for
    job openings (in the last 12 months)

    Related Occupations

    Growth1 Median Salary2

    Data source: Lightcast™ 2022

    The pathway information provided through this website is based partly on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data licensed by the University of Massachusetts Global from Lightcast. While the University of Massachusetts Global believes this data to be reliable, some of the data is based on estimates made by Lightcast when actual data is unavailable. Those estimates and the corresponding data may need to be corrected.

    1. Change in employment projections 2022 - 2032

    2. Based on BLS Occupational Employment Statistics and updated quarterly

    3. The University of Massachusetts Global does not guarantee a job to graduates upon completion of any program

    "You will finish the program transformed, personally and professionally. Everything learned will be applicable in the field. The support and guidance provided throughout the dissertation process will get you to the finish line. I strongly believe that this program prepared me for the multiple promotions I received while in the program.”
    Iyuanna P.
    Education, Ed.D.
    As a senior leader in healthcare, I gained critical insights into my leadership style. The program addressed real-life issues related to culture, politics, communication, innovation, change management and transformation, helping me expand my role as an executive. The faculty was outstanding and invested in my success. I highly recommend this program for any individual, regardless of discipline, who seeks to make a difference leading transformational change!
    Tricia K
    Education, EdD
    “The Ed.D. program at UMass Global changed my life. I had access to some of the most amazing professors and faculty I've ever had the privilege of working with. From the very first course to the dissertation defense, this program truly transformed my life both personally and professionally. I highly recommend the EdD program for anyone passionate about transformational leadership within any sector of society.”
    Kristen Miller
    Education, EdD

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants for the Doctorate in Organizational Leadership program must complete the following requirements:

    • Completed online application
    • Letter of intent explaining reasons for wanting to enter this program
    • One essay or other written document that shows graduate-level writing and analytical skills
    • Transcripts documenting successful attainment of a master's degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75
    • Resume showing leadership experience, professional development, achievement awards or professional recognition
    • Intake interview with a doctoral faculty member designated by the associate dean
    Application Deadlines


    • Regular Deadline – Dec. 3, 2023
    • Intent to Enroll Deadline – Dec. 16, 2023
    • Final Application Deadline – Dec. 21, 2023
    • Bootcamp Course Open – Dec. 15, 2023 
    • Spring 1 Term Begins  – Jan. 8, 2024
    • January Immersion: Jan. 13 &14, 2024
    Not in a Leadership Position

    If you are not in a leadership position (YET!), submit a letter explaining your plan to work with individuals and groups in an organization to bring about important change.

    GPA Alternatives

    If you have a GPA lower than 2.75 you must submit additional evidence to demonstrate your readiness for doctoral level coursework. Additional evidence could include letters of recommendation and/or an additional writing sample.


    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.

    • Code Course Name Credits
      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


      Total Credits


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

    Meet Our Faculty

    Want More Information About Leadership?

    Explore professional pathways that span industries from business to education and learn about degree options that fit your future.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Learn more about the UMass Global Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership

    What is a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership?

    A Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership is an advanced degree program that prepares graduates to take on leadership roles in organizations, including educational institutions, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.

    The program is designed to provide students with a deep understanding of organizational behavior, change management, leadership theory, and strategic planning. Students in this program typically study topics such as organizational theory, leadership ethics, organizational development, human resource management, and communication.

    What can you do with a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership?

    A Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership (Ed.D.) is a highly specialized degree that can open a range of career opportunities. With this degree, you can pursue leadership positions in educational and organizational settings, such as becoming a superintendent, principal, dean, or provost in an educational institution. You can also become a CEO, COO, or CFO in a business or nonprofit organization. Additionally, you can work in government agencies, consulting firms, and research organizations, providing expert guidance and advice on leadership and organizational issues. The Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership prepares graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to lead and manage complex organizations, implement change initiatives, and drive organizational growth and success.

    How long does it take to get an online Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership?

    The length of time it takes to complete an online Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership degree can vary depending on a number of factors, including the specific program requirements, the student s pace of study, and whether the student is enrolled part-time or full-time.

    In general, an online Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership program can take around 3 to 4 years to complete on a full-time basis. Part-time options are also available that can extend the program duration to 4 to 6 years or more, depending on the pace of study.

    It s important to note that some Ed.D. programs may require additional coursework, internships, or other practical experiences that can impact the duration of the program. It s important for students to research the specific program requirements and consult with program advisors to get a better understanding of the expected timeline for completing the degree.

    Is it worth getting a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership?

    If you re interested in pursuing a leadership position in an educational or organizational setting, then an Ed.D. can provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in these roles. This degree can help you stand out from other candidates, command a higher salary, and advance your career.

    Additionally, an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership can be a rewarding experience in and of itself, as it allows you to deepen your understanding of leadership and organizational dynamics, contribute to the field through research and publications, and engage with a community of scholars and practitioners.

    However, pursuing an Ed.D. requires a significant investment of time, effort, and money. Before making a decision on pursuing an Ed.D., you should carefully consider the costs and benefits of this degree and weigh them against your personal and professional goals. Ultimately, the value of an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership depends on your individual circumstances and priorities.

    Want More Information About Getting a Doctorate in Education?

    Explore professional pathways that span education to business with our Doctor of Education degree options.

    Lightcast™ 2022

    Over half of Ed.D. students receive a promotion or new position while in the program.

    Further your education with a few questions

    Student Type
    Please enter your zip code to proceed.
    Please enter a valid zip code to proceed.
    Please select a degree type
    Please select your area of interest
    Please select a program type
    Please select a session
    Please enter your name
    Please enter your last name
    Please enter your email to proceed
    Please enter a valid email address
    Please enter your phone number to proceed.
    Please enter a valid phone number.

    About UMass Global

    Earn your bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or certificate at UMass Global, a regionally accredited university.

    We value your privacy

    By submitting this form, I agree that UMass Global and/or Kaplan North America, LLC may contact me about educational services by voice, pre-recorded message and/or text message using automated technology, at the phone number provided, including wireless numbers. I understand that my consent is not required to attend University of Massachusetts Global. Privacy Policy