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Online Doctor of Education in Leadership for Organizations (Ed.D.)

Earn Your Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Online

The online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership for Organizations from University of Dayton’s School of Education and Health Sciences (SEHS) prepares you to enact positive change from the top-down through service-based leadership.

Designed for professionals who already hold a master’s degree, the online Ed.D. in Leadership for Organizations will help you lead mission-driven organizations to success through the program’s emphasis on research, collaboration, social justice and applied practice.  

We cultivate student learning in the Catholic and Marianist tradition and challenge students to construct inclusive communities of purpose, demonstrate practical wisdom and choose value congruent behaviors. 

Learn to Improve Organizations and Communities, Through Leadership

The online Doctoral Program in Education prepares you to influence change in organizations and the greater community through service-based leadership.  

The program will prepare you to lead mission-driven organizations to success and positive change. You will graduate ready to manage and enact change in 21st-century school and other education systems, healthcare organizations, nonprofits, government agencies and more. 

Online Ed.D. Curriculum

University of Dayton’s online Ed.D. in Leadership for Organizations is a 60-credit program led by expert SEHS faculty and can be completed in as few as 36 months.

As a student in this immersive online program, you will:

  • learn to lead organizations through service-based and social justice principles;
  • develop a scholarly practice through inquiry, research and hands-on experience that you will put into action from day one;
  • investigate organizational leadership through an in-depth dissertation-in-practice;
  • collaborate with classmates and instructors online and in person during two on-campus immersions and build a strong network of like-minded peers.

On-Campus Immersions

While in the program, you will have the exciting opportunity to attend two in-person immersions on our campus in Dayton, Ohio, where you will meet and collaborate with classmates and faculty. One immersion will take place at the end of year one, and the other at the end of year three. 

These in-person experiences offer you the chance to further work with experienced professionals, build on the connections you have made online and make progress toward your dissertation.

The Ed.D. Dissertation

You will begin a dissertation-in-practice during the third term, and will continue working on it throughout your time in the program. 

For your dissertation, you will conduct in-depth, independent research in an area that interests you and aligns with your career goals. It will be an original action research study that will balance empirical research and direct application of new knowledge and findings. You may choose a dissertation topic pertaining to your current organization and begin implementing what you learn right away, in addition to planning long-term organizational goals.

Expert Dayton SEHS faculty will offer their continuous support throughout the dissertation process, and collaboration with classmates in research affinity groups will help you refine your ideas. You will present a culminating dissertation report during the second of two immersions, and receive feedback from faculty and peers.

Online Ed.D. Admission

The University of Dayton online Ed.D. admission committee welcomes passionate professionals who are interested in building community by committing to the common good. Successful applicants possess a deep interest in learning systems, are skilled communicators and desire to further the missions of their organizations through equity and social justice.

All applicants to the Ed.D. program must hold a master’s degree.

The program offers three start dates per year: in September, January and May.

Ed.D. Jobs

Graduates of the online Ed.D. program will be prepared to pursue leadership positions in nonprofits, medical centers and health organizations, government agencies, private companies and in K-12 education.

Ed.D. graduates may pursue careers as:

  • City and local government officials
  • Public policy leaders
  • Postsecondary education administrators
  • Health services executives
  • Nonprofit and charitable organizers

The program will prepare you with the ability to do the following in various organizational roles:

  • Provide leadership in organizations and the communities you serve.
  • Develop educational programs within organizations.
  • Collaboratively design and implement policies.
  • Assess learning and evaluate programs.
  • Lead change and improvement effort.

Why Earn an Ed.D. Online?

Earning an Ed.D. can prepare you with the additional training and education you need to succeed. The service-based leadership expertise you will gain will help you spearhead change in 21st-century school, healthcare organizations, nonprofits, government agencies, education systems and more.

Take the next step. Influence change in your organization and community, for generations. 


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