Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership

The Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership program is designed for the practitioner leader; it encompasses a leadership growth and development program within a doctoral program.

In this program, leadership development is viewed as an interconnected, reinforcing, and sustained process, as opposed to an event, or a series of disconnected events. The two overarching frameworks and eight deep conceptual understandings grounding the program are relevant and authentic to the leader’s world of work, and to the other aspects of a leader’s holistic life.

About the Program

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
  • 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 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.


Degree Requirements

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

Ed.D. 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 6020 Engaging Communities & Stakeholders

LEAD 6030 Adapting to Change & Complexity

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 6070 Evaluating, Assessing & Planning

LEAD 6080 Cultivating Organizational Talent and Innovation

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 6100 Quantitative and Qualitative Research

LEAD 7100 Dissertation In Practice/Action 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
Core Leadership Understandings and Competencies
Essential Habits/Mindsets and Competencies
Scheduled Meetings 2018- 2019- All Cohorts

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.

For course descriptions, please visit The University's Course Catalog.

Admissions Criteria

Application Deadline

Fall 2019: May 17, 2019

Prerequisite Requirements

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

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 application essay
  5. Ed.D. program essays: (400 word maximum per question)
    1. 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.
    2. Describe your vision of organizational leadership.
    3. 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)

Frequently Asked Questions

During the fall and spring semesters, each class will meet four times, every other weekend; Friday evening (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and all day Saturday (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) during a semester sub-term. A sub-term is approximately 7 weeks in duration. Students must also complete a one week summer intensive course conducted at Stockton's new campus in Atlantic City.

Students will only be admitted for fall enrollment only.

Stockton's Organizational Leadership program will review applications on a rolling basis. This means that fully completed applications for admissions will be considered on a rolling basis. Once admission files are complete, interviews would be conducted for the most qualified applicants. The absolute deadline for Fall 2019 is May 17, 2019. 

No. Students are not able to register for classes in the Ed.D. program as a non-matriculated student. 

No. Students are not able to transfer credits into this program.
The program consists of 54 credits offered face to face with online components and is offered in two phases. The first phase is approximately one and a half years and consists of eight courses including two summer sessions. The second phase is approximately two years and consists of four courses plus the dissertation/action research. There is an alternate weekend approach which is designed for students wanting to complete the program in approximately 3 years.

Applicants must complete the Online Discover Stockton Application which can be accessed by clicking here. You must create a "Discover Stockton" account and continue with the application process through there. A complete application includes three letters of recommendation, a graduate application essay, and three supplemental program essays, resume, official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, and the $50 application fee. 

All transcripts must reflect all coursework taken from every post-secondary institution attended, even if you transferred, withdrew, did not graduate, or the coursework appears on other transcripts. 

If you have applied to Stockton's graduate school within the last five years, you may re-utilize official transcripts and/or official course-by-course evaluations of international credentials. If you have applied more than five years ago, you must submit new official transcripts and/or official course-by-course evaluations. If you began, completed, or are currently undertaking academic coursework official transcripts verifying new coursework and/or degrees, certificates, licenses, endorsements, certifications, etc. must be submitted.

Stockton's Organizational Leadership program will review applications on a rolling basis. This means that fully completed applications for Fall admission will be considered once complete. All completed applications will be sent to the Organizational Leadership Program's Admissions Committee. If appropriate, the Committee will reach out and conduct interviews of the "most qualified" applicants.

All applicants will receive notification of their admissions status no later than July 15 for Fall applicants. Although the review of applications is rolling, the Admissions Committee will work to create a diverse cohort that will balance enrollment by economic sector.
Admission to graduate school is competitive and many programs do not have the capacity to accept all qualified students. Stockton does not automatically place students on a waitlist; these students are highly qualified however, we do not have an admissions spot available at this time.
Waitlist questions are the toughest questions to answer because we are relying on other people to change their mind about not attending Stockton and this could happen between now and the start of classes. Unfortunately, there is no way to predict what will happen. At this time we do not need any more information and should we need additional information a member of the Graduate Admissions teams will contact you.

Need lodging? Traveling to Atlantic City for class and want to spend the night? Stockton University has discount programs with local hotels. Consider staying at the Show Boat or Tropicana in Atlantic City.

Reservations for the month must be booked by the first Friday of the month. 

For Tropicana, please click here.

For Showboat, please click on the appropriate links below: 

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Apply today. If you have further questions you can Request More Information or call the Office of Graduate Studies at (609) 626-3640 or E-mail gradschool@stockton.edu.

George Sharp, Ed.D.
Coordinator, Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership Program
Instructor of Educational Leadership