Online Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership, Development and Change (EDOL)

Lehman College’s 52-credit Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership, Development and Change (EDOL) program seeks talented individuals who come from diverse backgrounds and want to lead change in their organizations and communities.

  • Low residency, online program designed for working professionals with busy lives
  • Three-year (36-month) program following a three-semester annual schedule (fall, spring, summer)
  • Professors with both academic expertise and practical know-how
  • Cohorts of highly qualified and committed candidates focused on strengthening their organizations
  • Interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates theory, research, and best practices from education, business, health and human services, psychology, and public administration
  • Transformational approach to dissertation

Semester I: (7 credits)
EDL 811: Leaders as Scholars (4 credits)
MSB 700: Organizational Behavior (3 credits)

Semester II: (6 credits)
EDL 830: Research I: Introduction to Research Methods (3 credits)
EDL 803: Communication and Teamwork (3 credits)

Semester III: (9 credits)
EDL 812: Doctoral Studies Seminar (3 credits)
EDL 840: Research II: Introduction to Applied Research (3 credits)
EDL 850: Research III: Practice-based, Service and Action Research (3 credits)

Semester IV: (9 credits)
EDL 860: Leveraging Human and Financial Resources for Social Impact (3 credits)
EDL 802: Ethical Leadership (3 credits)
EDL 813: Guided Dissertation (3 credits)

Semester V: (6 credits)
EDL 805: Program Development and Evaluation (3 credits)
EDL 804: Leading for Strategic Change (3 credits)

Semester VI: (6 credits)
EDL 870: Teaching and Learning (3 credits)
EDL 880: Systems Thinking Through a Social Justice Lens (3 credits)
*Dissertation Article One Due

Semester VII: (3 credits)
EDL 813: Guided Dissertation (3 credits)
*Dissertation Article Two Due

Semester VIII: (3 credits)
EDL 813: Guided Dissertation (3 credits)

Semester IX: (3 credits)
EDL 813: Guided Dissertation (3 credits)
*Dissertation Article Three Due

*This innovative framework moves away from the traditional dissertation. As an alternative, candidates complete three articles that focus on a problem of practice within their workplace or their community. Through course work and guided dissertation seminars, candidates hone their writing and research skills and become practitioner-scholars, prepared to contribute to the professional conversation on organizational development and change.

  1. A master’s degree from an accredited college or university;
  2. A minimum 3 (B) grade point average from a completed graduate degree program;
  3. Currently working or hold a substantial leadership role in a community or service-related  
  4. Two letters of recommendation:
    • one must be from a current supervisor at the applicant's place of employment who can best evaluate the applicant's leadership potential; and
    • one must be from a faculty member from prior studies who can best evaluate the applicant's potential for success as a graduate student or from an individual who has conducted training sessions/workshops that the applicant has attended professionally;
  5. A current resume detailing all past professional employment and any community or professional organization leadership positions, memberships and service;
  6. A 750-word essay describing a specific area of professional interest the applicant wants to research in the EDOL program and explain the ways this line of inquiry fits into his/her/their professional goals; and
  7. Applicants who satisfy the preliminary admissions requirements will be invited to an individual interview with the EDOL program coordinator and (As part of this interview, applicants will provide a real-time writing sample in response to a case study presented to them during the interview.)


  • Applications for matriculation are due by March 1 (for the fall semester).
  • Prospective students whose native language is not English, or who have completed all or part of their post-secondary education in a country where English is not the first language, are required to submit TOEFL scores.
  • The EDOL program will prepare candidates for advanced careers and develop their capacity for change-making, innovation, and ethical leadership in both non-profit and profit sectors. 
  • EDOL graduates will be prepared to lead in a variety of institutional contexts, serve as leadership consultants/coaches, and teach leadership studies in formal and informal settings. 
  • Potential job titles for EDOL graduates include but are not limited to: Executive Director, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Diversity Officer, Hospital Administrator, Principal Consultant, Assistant Professor, and School Superintendent.

For additional information, contact:

Dr. Julia Hood -

or register for an Ed.D. Information Session.