Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership

Pursue your Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership online and strengthen your leadership skills and prepare to positively influence the culture within your organization.

Pursue your Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership online and strengthen your leadership skills and prepare to positively influence the culture within your organization.

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Our online degree programs are designed for busy working adults just like you – intentionally structured to allow you to balance work, life and other commitments. As a student of ACU Online, you are part of a vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community.

About the Program

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ACU’s online Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership is designed to equip leaders to make a difference in their workplaces, schools and communities – all while continuing to work. That’s the asynchronous learning environment an online Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership program gives you.

Program Structure

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Our program is organized around five core competencies: personal development, positive leadership development, collaboration and communication, organizational assessment, and organizational culture. Upon completing the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program, you will know not only how to lead, but how to lead with purpose based upon the foundation of Christian vocation.


Positive Leadership
Higher Education
Conflict Management
Learning with Emerging Technologies

Required Hours

60 hours
3-5 year timeframe

Example Coursework

Leading Organizational Change
Introduction to Doctoral Study
Self-Assessment in Leadership
Applied Research Problems and Literature

Upcoming Start Dates

March 9, 2021
May 4, 2021

Meet the Program Director

Dr. Brian Cole is the program director and associate professor for the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership and Education Specialist in Organizational Leadership programs, helping equip leaders to become more effective scholar-practitioners within their organizational contexts, professional industries, and other spheres of influence. Most of Dr. Cole’s leadership experiences have been in higher education administration, particularly in the field of Student Development. Dr. Cole received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (Higher Education Specialization) at Western Michigan University, where he researched campus cultures and student activism at Christian colleges and universities. He earned his M.A. from Ball State University, B.A. from Anderson University (IN), and most recently, a certificate in Foundations of Christian Leadership at Duke Divinity School.


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Upon completion, graduates will be able to:

  • Positively influence organizations through the expression of their vocations.
  • Create, interpret, and administer practices that contribute to learning and human flourishing in organizational contexts.
  • Build shared understanding and quality professional and personal relationships through available communication channels.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of data, information, and empirical evidence and will apply organizational assessment strategies to their organizational contexts.
  • Demonstrate healthy leadership practices to influence organizational culture.
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To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
  • Submit official transcripts showing earned bachelor’s and master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or the equivalent.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, probationary status may be granted.
  • Provide an academic writing sample.
  • Submit a current resume.
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Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of ACU.

Abilene Christian University enjoys a strong national reputation as one of the leading private Christian universities in the west and southwest, indicated by various ratings (such as U.S. News and World Report and other reports).