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 interdisciplinary, relevant, practical, process-driven, and research-based. 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.

Want to take a deeper dive into the Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership program?

  • Try A Class: watch as the Ed.D. class hosts classes online during the Fall and Spring semesters. 
  • Chat with a current student: Learn about the program from a student's perspective. 

Interested in one of these engagement opportunities? Email gradschool@stockton.edu and a staff member will assist you.


Degree Requirements

The doctorate in Organizational Leadership is a 54-credit program, beyond the Master's degree. Courses are offered executive style, online Friday nights and Saturdays with one summer-intensive week-long face-to-face experience.

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 (One week - July Residency in Atlantic City)
Year 2- Fall Semester (6 credits) Year 2- Spring Semester (6 credits)

LEAD 6100 Quantitative and Qualitative Research

LEAD 6071 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

LEAD 6080 Cultivating Organizational Talent and Innovation

LEAD 6500 Research Seminar I

Year 2- Summer Session (3 credits)

LEAD 6800 Developing Dissertation in Practice Proposal I

Year 3- Fall Semester (6 credits) Year 3- Spring Semester (6 credits)

LEAD 6801 Developing Dissertation in Practice Proposal II

LEAD 6061 Ethics, Evaluation, Assessing, & Planning

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
Scheduled Meetings 2022 & 2024


The doctoral action research/dissertation-in-practice is the capstone experience of the Stockton University Ed. D. in Organizational Leadership program. Like the doctoral program itself, the action research/dissertation-in-practice is innovative. There is a profound desire to know more about ones's research setting and 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 action research doctoral dissertation in practice is distinctive because of its interrelated purposes. 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 is serving.

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

Admissions Criteria

Application Deadline

Fall 2022: Rolling admissions (Priority Deadline: July 1)

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: 
    1. In what ways does your academic background provide evidence of your potential for success in the Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership program? (at least 400 words).
    2. In what ways do your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership program? 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 (at least 400 words).
    3. Describe your vision of organizational leadership.
    4. 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. Collaborative group interview with program faculty (eligible applicants will be scheduled after admissions materials are received)
  9. Submit a writing sample of at least 10 pages in length that demonstrates your academic writing abilities for which you are the solo author:
    • It is suggested that academic papers from prior coursework (for example: master’s thesis, capstone) or journal articles that will represent you best in the admissions process. Your submission should cite from peer reviewed articles.
    • If a prior academic paper is not available, you are requested to create an academic paper on a topic of your choice. Your submission should cite from peer reviewed articles.
    • Alternatively, you may provide a professional writing sample; this may be a work-based report that evidences your critical thinking and writing skills.

Frequently Asked Questions

Attendance serves an essential role in the program. Attendance is critical to learning, to the learner’s responsibility to connect with and provide feedback to her or his fellow learners, and for collaborative inquiry. Given that the each course meets only four weekends throughout the semester, that attendance and class participation are a portion of the learner’s grade, that the material in this course builds throughout the semester, attendance is mandatory.  Each fall and spring semester, a student enrolls in two courses, one in sub-term A and another in sub-term B. Each course will meet four times, every other weekend; Friday evening (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and all day Saturday (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.). First year students must also complete a one-week summer intensive course during the first summer in Phase I of the program.


All courses for the Organizational Leadership program meet in the John F. Scarpa Academic Center at Stockton 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. 

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 and is offered in two phases. The first phase is approximately one and a half years and consists of eight courses including one summer session. The second phase is approximately two years and consists of four courses plus the dissertation in practice experience.

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.

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“If you just want to develop and grow and want to look at different tasks from a different perspective, then this is the  program for you."

Alisha Pollard

Bob Heinrich

“Prior to this program, I was on a complete horizontal trajectory of leadership growth and didn't know much about vertical leadership.”

Bob Heinrich

Cathleen Palace

“I felt that I would be nurtured in a way  that went far beyond the academics.”

Cathleen Palace


“I found that working with different cohort members ... you really have had to learn how to work with people that don't necessarily think the same way that you do.”

Jerry Nelson

Sharon Rementer

"The program has catapulted me to the next level. It allowed me to see my opportunities and it promoted the growth within my career.”

Sharon Rementer


"The vertical growth component is unique to the Stockton program."

Marquetta Alexander

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

Dr. John Quinn
Chair, Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership Program
Associate Professor of Education