Leadership and Organizational Change

This specialization challenges you to think critically about conventional organizations and explore new ideas about leadership and change. You will develop alternative conceptualizations of management, understand what a socially conscious leader is, and create 21st-century leadership practices. Concerns about effective organization-building will be balanced by the understanding that a socially responsible leader also strives to create an environment beneficial to employees in increasingly cross-cultural work environments.

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 86 quarter credits 
    • Core courses (20 cr.)
    • Foundation research course sequence (15 cr.)
    • Advanced research course sequence (5 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (20 cr.)
    • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (minimum 26 cr.) 
  • 4 PhD residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days

Walden students have 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

Recommended Course Sequence

Year Course Code Course Credits
Year Year 1: Qtr. 1 Course Code MGMT 8015 Course Gateway to Doctoral Studies Credits (5 cr.)
Year Year 1: Qtr. 2 Course Code MGMT 8025 Course Perspectives on Organizations and Their Implications for Leaders Credits (5 cr.)
Year Year 1: Qtr. 2 Course Code MGMT 8035 Course Complexity and Applied Systems Thinking Credits (5 cr.)
Year Year 1: Qtr. 3 Course Code MGMT 8045 Course Mechanics of Individual and Group Decision Making Credits (5 cr.)
Year Year 1: Qtr. 3 Course Code RSCH 8110 Course Research Theory, Design, and Methods Credits (5 cr.)
Year Year 1: Qtr. 4 Course Code MGMT 8410 Course Leadership, Influence, and Power Credits (4 cr.)
Year Year 1: Qtr. 4 Course Code MGMT 8420 Course Challenging Conventional Leadership Credits (4 cr.)
Year Year 2: Qtr. 1 Course Code RSCH 8310
or
RSCH 8210
Course Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)
Year Year 2: Qtr. 2 First Half Course Code MGMT 8440 Course The Socially Conscious Leader Credits (4 cr.)
Year Year 2: Qtr. 2 First Half Course Code MGMT 8990 Course Developing a Prospectus Credits (2 cr.)
Year Year 2: Qtr. 2 2nd Half Course Code MGMT 8450 Course Crafting and Responding to Change Credits (4 cr.)
Year Year 2: Qtr. 3 Course Code MGMT 8100 Course Dissertation Mentoring Credits (0 cr.)
Year Year 2: Qtr. 3 Course Code RSCH 8310
or
RSCH 8210
Course Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)
Year Year 2: Qtr. 4 Course Code MGMT 8100 Course Dissertation Mentoring Credits (0 cr.)
Year Year 2: Qtr. 4 Course Code RSCH 8260
or
RSCH 8360
or
RSCH 8460
Course Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

Advanced Mixed-Methods Reasoning and Analysis
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)

(5 cr.)
Year Year 3: Qtr. 1 Course Code MGMT 8991 Course Writing a Proposal Credits (4 cr.)
Year Year 3: Qtr. 1 Course Code MGMT 9000 Course Doctoral Dissertation Credits (5 credits per quarter for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)
Year Year 3: Qtr. 2 Course Code MGMT 9000 Course Doctoral Dissertation Credits (5 credits per quarter for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)
Year Year 3: Qtr. 3 Course Code MGMT 9000 Course Doctoral Dissertation Credits (5 credits per quarter for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)
Year Year 3: Qtr. 4 Course Code MGMT 9000 Course Doctoral Dissertation Credits (5 credits per quarter for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)
Year Year 4 - 8* Course Code MGMT 9000 Course Doctoral Dissertation Credits (5 credits per quarter for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code DRWA 8000 Course Doctoral Writing Assessment Credits (0 cr.)
Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.
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