Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Program Mission

The mission of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership degree is to develop effective leaders in organizational contexts. The program improves students’ skills and increases their knowledge of effective leadership through advanced study. This doctor program focuses on practice, professional engagement, research and theory. Further, the program prepares students to interpret research literature, identify viable solutions and develop contextual applications for areas related to.

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Program Learning Goals:

Graduates of the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership are able to:

  • Develop an integrative understanding of traditional leadership theories and critical perspectives
  • Develop an understanding of organizations as complex, social and bureaucratic systems within a larger political
  • Produce knowledge and interventions that build the capacity within schools, communities, and organizations to work towards social
  • Ability to utilize internal and external data sources to inform policy and practice
  • Manage conflict and facilitate change associated with resource allocation and institutional priorities, which contribute to the long-term viability of the
  • Ability to provide competent oversight to instructional and student services programs, including informed program evaluation and review
  • Ability to navigate organizational structures and cultures to establish partnerships, utilize networks, and encourage collaboration

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to address the needs and challenges facing education professionals in across a variety of contents. Coursework explores the principles of leadership, scholarship and practice to prepare leaders who can affect change in educational and organizational systems.

Doctor of Education (62 Credits)

  • EDUC 700 Self-Insight and Personal Development as a Leader
  • EDUC 710 Leading Change in Educational Institutions
  • EDUC 715 System Thinking and Decision Making
  • EDUC 720 Leading Large-Scale Transformation
  • EDUC 725 Case Studies for Educational Leadership Solving Administrative Dilemmas
  • EDUC 730 Organizational Behavior and Management
  • EDUC 735 Interpersonal Communication of Organizations
  • EDUC 740 Contemporary Issues in Education
  • EDUC 745 Conflict Management
  • EDUC 750 Principles of Research in Education
  • EDUC 750 Research Methods and Analysis in Education
  • EDUC 760 Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Educational Research
  • DBEC 800 Doctoral Research I: Proposal Development
  • DBEC 801 Doctoral Research II: Introduction & Literature Review
  • DBEC 802 Doctoral Research III: Methodology
  • EDUC 803 Doctoral Research IV: Results, Findings, and Discussion
  • EDUC 804 Doctoral Research V: Discussion and Defense
  • EDUC 900 Dissertation Defense

Ready To Apply? Great! Here's What You Need To Do:

General Admissions Requirements

  • Complete an admissions interview conducted in person or via online methods.
  • Sign and submit an attestation of high school (or equivalent) completion. Equivalencies include a GED Certificate. Home schooled students must present a diploma that meets the requirements of the state in which it was issued. (Students with non-US credentials please see International Student Admissions Requirements below).
  • Submit a completed application
  • Arrange for official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended to be submitted to the Office of Records and Registration, University of the Potomac.
  • Submit grade reports or scores from any recognized college equivalency examinations (e.g., CLEP, DANTES, and Advanced Placement).
  • Submit certificates from any corporate education training or professional development programs. (Note: An ACE evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for corporate educational training.)
  • Submit military training documents. (Note: An ACE military evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for military training.)

Graduate Admissions Requirements

In addition to the general requirements listed to the left, applicants for a graduate program must provide the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in order to enroll in University of the Potomac master’s programs: four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent in other countries.
  • International applicants 16 with a 3-year undergraduate degree may be admitted on the recommendation of the Admission Committee which will be based on students’ preparation.
  • Two Letters of recommendation from individuals who may be a direct supervisor or university faculty member. *This requirement may be waived for those students with Master level transfer credits*.
  • One required essay, in MSWord document form, addressing the student’s preparation for the graduate program.

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is not required for admission to the MBA, but is strongly preferred for students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in a business related discipline or lack the pre-requisite courses in business, finance and economics. Similarly, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to the MSIT or MHCA, but is recommended.

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