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 NSU 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, sales team leaders, just to name a few potential career paths.

Options: Graduate With or Without a Dissertation

We now offer an alternate opportunity that allows students to solve problems in a real-world setting. The Education Strategic Research Project (ESRP) is an alternative to the Applied Dissertation. Request information now to learn more about your options.

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.

Take the next steps to success. Apply for NSU’s Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership.

Quick Facts

Tuition is $1,460 per credit hour. Additional fees apply. See Tuition and Fees for details. 
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.

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 (24 credits)
EDD 8200
Leadership, Communication, and Technology (EDD 8200 / Credits: 3 )
ORGL 8730
Virtual and Global Leadership (ORGL 8730 / Credits: 3 )
ORGL 8740
Organizational Behavior and Human Development (ORGL 8740 / 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 (6 Credits)
Elective courses can be additional courses within the student’s chosen concentration, from another concentration or additional research electives. ( / Credits: 6 )
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 (6 credits)
RES 8100
The Nature of Knowing: Introduction to Research Methods (RES 8100 / Credits: 3 )
RES 9300
Methods of Inquiry (RES 9300 / 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 8911
Quantitative Research Design (RES 8911 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8913
Program Evaluation (RES 8913 / Credits: 3 )

*Students must attend one Summer Institute during their program of study. Summer Institute is an opportunity for students to meet with classmates, professors, and staff on-campus in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Students will be able to schedule individual sessions with their applied dissertation committee chairs to discuss dissertation work and with representatives from various service areas. The conference will also offer applied dissertation workshops, as well as roundtable sessions affording students the opportunity to present their dissertation work to a group of peers and receive immediate feedback. 

**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. 

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