Jun 05, 2023  
2017-2018 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Graduate Programs | Volume 8, Issue 1 
2017-2018 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Graduate Programs | Volume 8, Issue 1

Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership Degree Program

Offering Campuses

Argosy University, Atlanta; Argosy University, Chicago; Argosy University, Dallas*; Argosy University, Denver*; Argosy University, Hawaii; Argosy University, Inland Empire*; Argosy University, Los Angeles; Argosy University, Nashville*; Argosy University, Northern Virginia; Argosy University, Orange County; Argosy University, Phoenix; Argosy University, Salt Lake City*; Argosy University, San Diego*; Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area*; Argosy University, Sarasota*; Argosy University, Seattle; Argosy University, Tampa; Argosy University, Twin Cities


Campuses with an asterisk ( * ) are currently not accepting new students effective July 2, 2018. If you are interested in an Argosy University program of study at another location or online, please call (855) 758-5664.

Argosy University, Seattle is no longer accepting new students in this program.

Program Overview

The Doctor of Education (EdD) in Organizational Leadership degree program is designed to provide students with a learning environment that integrates the knowledge and skills needed for the development of organizational leaders ready to face the complex issues present in an ever-changing world.

Based on the premise that an organization’s success is directly and substantially linked to its leaders, the program is designed to prepare students to lead organizations faced with strategic challenges, such as, increasing globalization, changing economies, societal shifts, and individual organizational relationships. Students will have the opportunity to apply ethical and evidence-based techniques to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness to meet the challenges of the future.

Students should be aware that they will at times need access to an organization–whether their employer or any other organization–to maximize the opportunity to develop their competencies.

 Program Learning Outcomes

Program Outcome One: Leadership in Teams
Evaluate the needs of teams and respond to them through appropriate and evidence-based leadership techniques that demonstrate an appreciation for diversity.

Program Outcome Two: Ethical Leadership
Identify, evaluate, and apply ethical solutions to resolve leadership dilemmas.

Program Outcome Three: Change Management
Integrate the knowledge and skills needed to facilitate organizational change through effective communication and motivation techniques.

Program Outcome Four: Application of Theory and Research
Evaluate and apply appropriate leadership theories to influence people and their decisions to increase organizational efficiency and effectiveness through research and analysis.

Program Outcome Five: Conflict Resolution
Apply appropriate conflict resolution skills at individual and organizational levels to maximize productivity and organizational effectiveness.

Admission Requirements

  • A graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution, a nationally accredited institution approved and documented by dean of the Graduate School of Business and Management, or an appropriately certified foreign institution.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) in work leading to the master’s degree and in any subsequent graduate study.
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, English Language Proficiency Policy .

All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department of the individual campus to which application is being made. An admissions representative is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Completed Application for Admission Form
  • Official transcripts from the institution that conferred the master’s degree and any institutions where graduate coursework was subsequently taken. Bachelor’s level transcripts are not required.

Applications to Multiple Campuses

Applicants who are undecided with respect to the location they wish to attend should submit an application and full set of application materials to their location of first choice. Applicants who are accepted into their location of first choice and who, prior to beginning the program, determine they want to complete the same program at a different location, should notify the initial location of record of that intent. Provided that the same program is available, all previous approvals and credit hours accepted will remain in force. If an individual requests to change programs, he or she will need to meet all admission requirements of the new program.

Graduation Requirements

  • Satisfactory completion of 60 credit hours beyond the master’s degree that includes:
    • 15 credit hours of research core requirements
    • 24 credit hours of core requirements
    • 9 credit hours of elective requirements
    • 12 credit hours of doctoral research requirements
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a scale of 4.0); any course in which a student earns a grade below “B-” must be retaken
  • Satisfactory performance on the Doctoral Qualifying Exam
  • Successful completion and defense of the Doctoral Research Project
  • Completion of these requirements within seven years of matriculation into the program
  • A completed and approved Petition to Graduate submitted to campus administration

Academic Progress Requirements

Students who earn a grade below B- in any course are required to retake the course and raise the grade to at least a B-.

Program Requirements

Students enrolled in the EdD in Organizational Leadership degree program are required to successfully complete 60 credit hours, distributed as follows: research core course requirements, 15 credit hours; core course requirements, 24 credit hours; elective requirements, 9 credit hours; and doctoral research requirements, 12 credit hours. In addition to the course credit hour requirements, students are required to successfully complete the Doctoral Qualifying Exam (DQE).

Research Core Requirements (15 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the EdD in Organizational Leadership degree program are required to complete four research core courses and one research elective course (15 credit hours).

Core Course Requirements (24 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the EdD in Organizational Leadership degree program are required to take eight core courses (24 credit hours).

Elective Requirements (9 Credit Hours)*

Students enrolled in the EdD in Organizational Leadership degree program are required to take three elective courses (9 credit hours). Please note that students are required to obtain advisor approval before taking doctoral level business (B-prefix) courses. Doctoral level business (B-prefix) courses may have prerequisites or may be otherwise unsuitable for students who are not enrolled in the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree program. In addition, students can take one advanced research course that has not already been taken to fulfill the program’s Research Core Elective Requirements  as one of their elective choices.

Elective Requirements—Students Choose Three of the Following

Elective Requirements—9 Credit Hours

*Students enrolled in this program at Argosy University, Dallas may select doctoral level theological (TH) courses with advisor approval.

Doctoral Qualifying Examination

Students are required to successfully complete a Doctoral Qualifying Examination (DQE) that focuses on the learner outcomes that are associated with the required core courses of their programs. Students must take the DQE the session after successfully completing all required core courses and must pass it within three sessions of successfully completing all required core courses.

Doctoral Research Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

Upon successful completion of the prerequisite coursework and the doctoral qualifying exam (DQE), students enroll in doctoral research courses. To progress through each doctoral research course, students must successfully complete specified course objectives. If all objectives of the course are successfully met, students will earn a PR grade, permitting them to enroll in the next doctoral research course as outlined in the course sequence of their program of study. If objectives of a doctoral research course are substantively but not fully met (67% completed) by the end of the course (as determined by the research mentors) students will earn a grade of Incomplete Progressing (IP) for the course and must complete an IP contract outlining a plan for completion of the remaining course objectives. Students must successfully complete all remaining course objectives by the due date specified in the IP contract before enrollment is permitted in the next doctoral research course. If little to no progress has been made in a doctoral research course (less than 67% of the course objectives were successfully completed) or the IP contract is not successfully fulfilled within the specified timeframe, students will earn a grade of No Credit (NC). Students who earn a grade of NC in a doctoral research course are required to retake the course. A student may only receive any combination of two NC, W, or WF grades in doctoral research courses. Upon receiving the third NC, W, or WF grade in a doctoral research course, the student will be dismissed from the program. Published course objectives for each doctoral research course apply unless the student and research mentors agree to and confirm in writing alternative specified objectives more appropriate for a particular doctoral research topic. Students must fulfill the prerequisites of each doctoral research course before enrollment is permitted.

Gainful Employment Information

The following links provide program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important information for the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Organizational Leadership degree program offered at Argosy University:

Campus Gainful Employment Information
Argosy University, Atlanta ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/2899
Argosy University, Chicago ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/600
Argosy University, Dallas ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/2911
Argosy University, Denver ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/619
Argosy University, Hawai’i ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/629
Argosy University, Inland Empire ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/1904
Argosy University, Los Angeles ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/748
Argosy University, Nashville ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/2900
Argosy University, Northern Virginia ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/888
Argosy University, Orange County ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/680
Argosy University, Phoenix ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/2235
Argosy University, Salt Lake City ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/3746
Argosy University, San Diego ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/2096
Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/973
Argosy University, Sarasota ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/769
Argosy University, Seattle ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/2580
Argosy University, Tampa ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/839
Argosy University, Twin Cities ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/1607
Argosy University Online Programs ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/5415