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 for the degree program is $1,420 per credit hour.
NSU’s Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership program is a minimum of 55 total credits to complete.
Delivery Options
Coursework for the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership is available completely online or in a blended format of on-site and online instruction.
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 $102,690 Average Salary Per Year

6% Projected Employment Growth

Training and Development Manager $102,640 Average Salary Per Year

7% Projected Employment Growth

Management Analyst $81,320 Average Salary Per Year

14% Projected Employment Growth

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership

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 )
Applied Dissertation Benchmarks (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 )
Electives/Minor (6 credit minimum)
Students will fulfill this requirement by selecting from a variety of courses. ( / Credits: 6 )
Summer Institute**
FSC 8000
Summer Institute (Residency Requirement) (FSC 8000 / Credits: 1 )
Continuing Dissertation Services***
ADS 8091
Applied Dissertation Services (ADS 8091 )
Required Courses
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
RES 8911
Quantitative Research Design (RES 8911 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8921
Quantitative Data Analysis (RES 8921 / Credits: 3 )
Qualitative Research Track
RES 8916
Qualitative Research Design (RES 8916 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8926
Qualitative Data Analysis (RES 8926 / Credits: 3 )

*Denotes required course that will be offered blended and online.

**Students must attend one Summer Institute during the 36 months of study. 

***Beginning the 37th month of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program, students will enroll in ADS 8091, Applied Dissertation Services, in order to receive dissertation services and support from Dissertation Committee Chairs and/or other NSU faculty and staff. In cases where students are not enrolled in any classes prior to the 37th month and where Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) students require support from Dissertation Chairs and/or other NSU faculty and staff, ADS 8090 may be used to satisfy Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements for continuous matriculation.

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