Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership

Graduate Studies


Degree Requirements  ♦  Admissions Criteria  ♦  Program Brochure 
Tuition Information  ♦  Student Cohort Profile FAQ

The Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership program is designed to be relevant, practical, flexible, and process-driven. Leadership development is viewed as an integrated and sustained process, not as an event, or series of disconnected events. The leadership concepts and understandings embedded in the program are designed to be relevant and will be connected to and applied within the leader’s real world and work environment. The program is designed to be interdisciplinary through the unique core leadership understandings, the essential habits/mindsets, and the respective competencies embedded in the curriculum.

Leaders from the following types of organizations are welcome to participate in the Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership program:

  • Business;
  • Education;
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Government;
  • Health care networks and agencies; and
  • Non-profit organizations

The program will focus on the integrity of leadership, on making decisions to do the right things. The primary intent of the program is to help leaders improve so that they, in turn, will help their respective organizations to improve.

The overarching goal is to help resolve the disconnect that exists between the work environment in which leaders will lead and the leadership development programs that are designed to prepare leaders to lead in this changing work environment. 

The program serves:

  • those who desire a career that incorporates leadership and change in their work environment; and
  • professionals who desire to expand their roles to accept challenging and rewarding leadership opportunities within their respective organizations.

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Degree Requirements
The doctorate in Organizational Leadership is a 54-credit program, beyond the Master’s degree, offered face-to-face or hybrid.

Curriculum Worksheet- 54 Credits
Sample schedule is for students beginning Fall Term
Course Sequence Subject to Change

Year 1- Fall Semester (6 credits) Year 1- Spring Semester (6 credits)
LEAD 6010 Leading Your Organization LEAD 6030 Adapting to Change and Complexity
LEAD 6020 Engaging Communities & Stakeholders LEAD 6040 Transforming an Organizational Culture
Year 1- Summer Session (3 credits)
LEAD 6050 Thinking Creatively, Innovatively & Entrepreneurially  
Year 2- Fall Semester (6 credits) Year 2- Spring Semester (6 credits)
LEAD 6060 Leaders Serving with Ethics LEAD 6080 Human Resources and Fiscal Operations
LEAD 6070 Evaluating, Assessing & Planning LEAD 6500 Research Seminar I
Year 2- Summer Session (3 credits)
LEAD 6800 Independent Study  
Year 3- Fall Semester (6 credits) Year 3- Spring Semester (6 credits)
LEAD 6501 Research Seminar II LEAD 7100 Dissertation in Practice/Action Research
LEAD 6100 Quantitative and Qualitative Research  
Year 4- Culminating Dissertation/Action Research Experience- (12 credits)
LEAD 7101 Dissertation in Practice/Action Research
LEAD 7102 Dissertation in Practice/Action Research

Course Descriptions

Curriculum Map
Program Competencies and Essential Habits/Mindsets
Cohort 1 Scheduled Meetings 2017-2018
Cohort 2 Scheduled Meetings 2017-2018
Cohort 3 Scheduled Meetings 2017-2018         

The doctoral action research/dissertation-in-practice is the capstone experience of the Stockton University doctorate in Organizational Leadership program. Like the doctoral program itself, the action research/dissertation-in-practice is innovative and different from traditional dissertations. In this action research/dissertation-in-practice process, there is less concern for universality of findings as more value is placed on the relevance of the findings to the researcher and his/her local collaborators as well as the benefits to the organization. The purpose of a doctoral participant’s action research implementation is to make a positive difference in an organizational setting in which the candidate currently has access to.

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Admissions Criteria

Application Deadline
Fall 2017: May 31, 2017




Prerequisite Requirements

  • Minimum overall GPA of at least a 3.0
  • Master's degree or First Professional Degree (i.e. M.D., J.D.) from a regionally accredited institution of higher education

To be considered for admission to the Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership program, applicants must submit the following by the deadline:

  1. Discover Stockton Online Application (you must create a Discover Stockton Account)
  2. Application Fee: $50 (non-refundable), submitted with your online application
  3. Three Current Letters of Recommendation (sent electronically via the Discover Stockton Application)
  4. Graduate Essay
  5. Ed.D. Program Essays: (400 word maximum per question)
    A. In what ways do your academic background and your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership program and in your career? As part of your response, provide two examples that provide evidence of your ability to lead and improve some aspect of an organization where you work, or have worked.
    B. Describe your vision of organizational leadership.
    C. Why would anyone want to be led by you?
  6. Resume
  7. Official Transcripts from all Colleges/Universities Attended (Master's Degree or First Professional degree required- i.e. M.D., J.D.) mailed or dropped off directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions
  8. Personal Interview with Program Faculty (eligible applicants will be scheduled after admissions materials are received)

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Tuition Information

Stockton University is committed to providing all of its students with a top-quality education at an affordable cost. For the doctoral tuition rate, description of University fees, payment plan options and details of costs, please visit the Bursar's Office Website

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