Prepare Your Organization For Tomorrow’s Challenges

Implement effective policy. Raise achievement standards. Expand adult learners’ capacity to reach goals and solve real-world problems. A Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University prepares you to make these bigger, more lasting impacts within your organization. Be a leader who charts a course to navigate the cultural, economic, and technological changes of the future.

For a more hands-on leadership career path rather than a research focus, the Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership is a closer fit to your goal than a Ph.D. Graduates of this program serve as C-level executives, HR vice presidents, policy and program directors, healthcare leaders, therapists and career coaches, consultants, and sales team leadersjust to name a few.

Two Capstone Options for Completing Your Education

NSU’s Ed.D. program offers two capstone options for completing your education: the Applied Dissertation or the Strategic Research Project (SRP). Both choices are designed to help you formulate tough questions and learn how to begin answering them as you prepare for educational leadership. You must successfully complete one of these capstones in order to graduate.

Who Should Apply

  • Practicing professionals in education, human services, HR, staff development/training, military, middle and upper management, business administration, and non-profit administration
  • Master-degree educated professionals seeking advanced leadership knowledge and skills
  • Individuals considering an online Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership who want to explore the benefits of an Ed.D. program

Quick Facts


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NSU’s Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership is a minimum of 55 total credits to complete.

Delivery Options

Classes for the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership are offered fully online. All doctoral students are required to participate in at least one Summer Institute.

Application Deadlines

Applications for admission are accepted online and on a rolling basis for all graduate programs throughout the calendar year. No entrance exam required.

NSU's Miami Campus Bilingual Program

NSU's Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice also offers a unique bilingual doctoral program that fosters leadership skills to help Hispanic professionals in South Florida and abroad meet both current and future leadership challenges. This program is designed to be completed in as few as three years and offers individualized faculty attention to help ensure student success. 

Program Details

  • Classes taught in both Spanish and English by NSU bilingual professors (providing language support to those lacking English skills)
  • Coursework and dissertation support available with language support in Spanish and/or English
  • Convenient online course delivery, complemented by three full-day (Saturday) live sessions at NSU’s Miami Campus in Kendall (approximately five weeks apart)
  • Annual Summer Institute at NSU's Main Campus in Fort Lauderdale, Florida that allows students, faculty, and alumni to engage in academic dialogue and face-to-face fellowship

Earning Potential

Executive Level

$107,680 Median Salary Per Year

Training and Development Manager

$115,640 Median Salary Per Year

Management Analyst

$87,660 Median Salary Per Year

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020

Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership Curriculum

Concentration Area Courses (21 credits)
ORGL 8730
Virtual and Global Leadership (ORGL 8730 / Credits: 3 )
EDD 8472
Human Resource Development (EDD 8472 / Credits: 3 )
ORGL 8750
Strategic Planning (ORGL 8750 / Credits: 3 )
ORGL 8760
Change Management (ORGL 8760 / Credits: 3 )
ORGL 8770
Critical Thinking for Decision Making (ORGL 8770 / Credits: 3 )
ORGL 8780
Emerging Theories of Organization Leadership (ORGL 8780 / Credits: 3 )
ORGL 8790
Diversity Dynamics (ORGL 8790 / Credits: 3 )
Elective Courses (3 Credits)
Elective courses can be additional courses within the student’s chosen concentration, from another concentration or additional research electives. ( / Credits: 3 )
Summer Institute (1 credit)*
FSC 8000
Summer Institute (FSC 8000 / Credits: 1 )
Applied Dissertation or Strategic Research Project (12 credits)**
DISR 8966
Applied Dissertation 1: Prospectus (DISR 8966 / Credits: 3 )
DISR 8967
Applied Dissertation 2: Proposal Development (DISR 8967 / Credits: 3 )
DISR 8968
Applied Dissertation 3: Proposal (DISR 8968 / Credits: 3 )
DISR 8969
Applied Dissertation 4: Applied Dissertation (DISR 8969 / Credits: 3 )
ESRP 9000
Strategic Research Project I (ESRP 9000 / Credits: 6 )
ESRP 9001
Strategic Research Project II (ESRP 9001 / Credits: 6 )
Required Courses
EDD 8100
Academic Writing (EDD 8100 / Credits: 3 )
EDD 8200
Leadership, Communication and Technology (EDD 8200 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8100
The Nature of Knowing: Introduction to Research Methods (RES 8100 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8200
Research Methods II (RES 8200 / Credits: 3 )
Quantitative Research Track (6 credits)***
RES 8911
Quantitative Research Design (RES 8911 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8921
Quantitative Data Analysis (RES 8921 / Credits: 3 )
Qualitative Research Track (6 credits)***
RES 8916
Qualitative Research Design (RES 8916 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8926
Qualitative Data Analysis (RES 8926 / Credits: 3 )
Research Track for those completing the Strategic Research Project (6 credits)
RES 8910
Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods (RES 8910 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8924
Data Visualization for Strategic Planning (RES 8924 / Credits: 3 )

*Doctoral students are required to attend at least one Summer Institute as part of required coursework. During each day of the institute, students will attend sessions where they will learn valuable skills to help them be successful in the program. There will also be sessions offered specifically to assist with the understanding and completion of the culminating capstone option (applied dissertation or strategic research project) that all students are required to complete. The sessions offer a unique blend of direct instruction and time for students to ask questions and connect with NSU faculty and engage with fellow students. The overall goal of the institute is to immerse students in a learning experience that will provide students with the information and tools needed to be a successful Ed.D. student. For additional information, please visit the website at

**Students who complete all of their coursework and have registered for all of their dissertation benchmark courses (prospectus, proposal development, proposal, and applied dissertation) within the first three years will be required to register for ADS 8090 - Applied Dissertation Services I in order to receive dissertation services from their committee. Beginning with the fourth year (37th month/10th semester) following initial enrollment, and irrespective of remaining coursework, doctoral students are required to register for ADS 8091 - Applied Dissertation Services II, up to the point of degree completion, in order to receive dissertation services from their committee. Credits earned from ADS 8090 or ADS 8091 do not count toward the minimum credit hour requirement for the Ed.D. degree.

***For students completing the Applied Dissertation, you will select either the Quantitative Research Track or the Qualitative Research Track. 

Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership Notice Regarding Professional Licensure

Admission Requirements

Ready for the Next Step?

We’re thrilled you’re applying to this Ed.D. program at NSU.

This program opens opportunities in areas of research, academia, and management for those who are ready to advance as well as for individuals considering a career change.

Applications for admission are accepted online and on a rolling basis. No entrance exam is required. 


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Have the following items ready to submit with your online application:


  • $50 application fee
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Two professional letters of recommendation by two different individuals who can attest to the applicant's ability to succeed in a doctoral program


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