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

School of Education
Online Format: Online Mixed (synchronous and asynchronous)
Program Website

Program Description 

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.

Highlights Include:

  • 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

The following is a listing by term of the courses that comprise the 52-credit EDOL program, which can be completed in three years (36 months). The program is delivered on a full-year schedule.

Semester I: (7 credits)
EDL 911: Leaders as Scholars (4 credits)
EDL 930: Research I: Introduction to Research Methods (3 credits)
*Dissertation: Parts of Chapter One due in EDL 911

Semester II: (9 credits)
MSB 700: Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
EDL 912: Doctoral Studies Seminar (3 credits)
EDL 940: Research II: Introduction to Applied Research (3 credits)
*Dissertation: Chapter Two Due

Semester III: (6 credits)
EDL 903: Collaborative Leadership Through Communication (3 credits)
EDL 950: Research III: Practice-based, Service and Action Research (3 credits)

Semester IV: (9 credits)
EDL 960: Leveraging Human and Financial Resources for Social Impact (3 credits)
EDL 902: The Ethical Leader (3 credits)
EDL 913: Guided Dissertation (3 credits)

Semester V: (6 credits)
EDL 904: Strategic Leadership (3 credits)
EDL 970: Teaching and Learning (3 credits)

Semester VI: (6 credits)
EDL 905: Leadership Analytics and Grant Writing (3 credits)
EDL 980: Systems Thinking Through a Social Justice Lens (3 credits)

Semester VII: (3 credits)
EDL 913: Guided Dissertation (3 credits)
*Dissertation: Chapter Three Due

Semester VIII: (3 credits)
EDL 913: Guided Dissertation (3 credits)
*Dissertation: Chapter Four Due

Semester IX: (3 credits)
EDL 913: Guided Dissertation (3 credits)
*Chapter Five and Complete Dissertation Due

Admission Requirements

  1. A master’s degree from an accredited college or university;
  2. A minimum 3.3 (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 organization;
  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 faculty. (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.)

Note: 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.

Career Opportunities

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 for-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.

Application Deadline  

Information Sessions
Register for an Ed.D. information session.

Contact Program Coordinator
Enrique Figueroa, Ph.D.