Organizational Leadership and Development Online Doctor of Education (EdD)

Lead performance improvement and innovation across your organization with an EdD in organizational leadership from Walden.

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Organizational Leadership and Development Online Doctor of Education (EdD)

Ready to Get Started?

Fill out the form and we will contact you to provide information about furthering your education.

Please use our International Form if you live outside of the U.S.

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Why Choose Walden?

Gain Key Leadership Skills

Develop critical leadership competencies needed across a range of industries, from performance management to employee relations.

Multidisciplinary Perspective

Become a strong and capable leader through an integrated approach to today’s most pressing organizational challenges.

Actionable Learning

Build transferable skills by customizing your capstone project to reflect the needs of your organization or industry.

Program Details


Completion Requirements

  • Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 cr.)
  • Foundation course (5 cr.)
  • Research courses (15 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (30 cr.)
  • Completing the Doctoral Capstone
    • Doctoral support courses (6 cr.)
    • Completing the prospectus (3 cr.)
    • Completing the Doctoral Capstone (5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms; taken continuously until completion)
  • One academic residency



Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.


Admission Requirements

To be considered for this doctoral program, you must have a master’s degree from an accredited college or university and meet the general admissions requirements. All applicants must submit a completed online application and transcripts. Depending on program specialization, additional requirements may apply. More information for international applicants.

Paying for Your Education

Our Enrollment Specialists can help you outline a plan and find resources for funding your education.

Program Savings

Speak with an Enrollment Specialist to learn about our current tuition savings.

Tuition and Fees

CurriculuMRequirementsCostTotal *
Tuition-Coursework - Flat Rate Courses: 3 courses$1,285 each$3,855^
Tuition-Course Work - Per Credit Courses: 50 quarter credits$645 per credit coursework and dissertation/doctoral study credits$32,250^
Tuition - Dissertation/Doctoral Study: 20–125 quarter credits $645 per quarter hour for dissertation/doctoral study credits$12,900–$80,625*
Program Fee $175 per quarter$1,925–$5,600*
Residency FeeOne Residency$1,420 each (virtual)
$1,520 each (in-person: travel, lodging and other expenses are additional)
Estimated Range:  2.75-Year8-Year
   (assuming completion in a 2.75-year time frame)(assuming completion in an 8-year time frame)

These are ranges of what a student can expect in terms of time and tuition cost to complete a degree. It does not include other fees, nor is it adjusted for tuition increases over time. Walden faculty has concluded that generally students who do not complete their program in eight years are unlikely to complete and only allow students to exceed that time frame when a student petitions for an extension and provides good reason for the delay and assurances that obstacles to completion can be overcome. Time is calculated using the time allowed for each semester or unit that the student completes. Students are encouraged to work continuously during the program so as not to extend the time needed to complete the degree as work can become stale and students lose focus. Students who earn two grades of “Unsatisfactory,” who repeatedly drop a course before a semester or unit has been completed, or are unable to complete in the eight year time frame, should expect that they may be dismissed from the program. Walden believes that it is in the best interest of a student who is unable to complete the degree in the stated ranges to strongly consider withdrawal or obtaining a lesser degree.

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 and/or the student’s transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; writing, research and editing skills; use of external data for their doctoral study/dissertation; and/or individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations; care giving responsibilities or health issues; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; leaves of absence; and/or other personal circumstances.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included. Students may incur additional costs for remedial writing assistance, if necessary.

† Based on a 2.75-year minimum completion requirement and an 8-year maximum timeframe as outlined in Walden academic policy.

^This assumes students successfully complete their coursework on the first attempt.

*Tuition and fees will be higher if students petition to extend the 8-year maximum timeframe or choose to take more expensive elective courses.

+Tuition and time to complete may be reduced if transfer credits are accepted, or if you receive grants, scholarships or other tuition discounts. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-979-6580.

Program Outcomes

Specialization Learning Outcomes

In addition to the core program learning outcomes, graduates of this specialization will be prepared to:

  • Evaluate the impact of diversity in organizations and how an organization’s policies and practices influence organizational development and behavior.
  • Facilitate continuous improvement within organizational settings.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to conduct studies that can be applied in the area of organizational leadership and development that positively influences social change.
  • Develop ethically and socially responsible organizational leadership, development, and research practices that positively impact organizational behavior.
  • Critically examine how key leadership and organizational theories and behaviors impact organizations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop a comprehensive assessment plan designed to improve the performance of individuals, programs, organizations, and/or institutions.

A Program Designed With You in Mind

Finding a balance between work, studies, and your personal life is important. That’s why we’ve built a program with busy educators like you in mind. Although you’re learning online, you’re never in it alone. From start to finish, get access to a wealth of exceptional student resources designed to move you forward, from writing support to on-demand webinars.

Earning your doctorate is the ultimate intellectual challenge, and Walden’s online learning environment is designed to help all educators succeed. You bring your curiosity, drive, and determination. We’ll help you reach the finish line, step by step.

What’s the difference between an EdD and a PhD in Education? Learn more about the advantages of each program to decide which is best for you.

Career Outlook

In a competitive global economy, organizations need leaders who can drive individual and organizational improvements and manage systemic change. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of training and development managers is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2029.1

An EdD specialization in organizational leadership can equip you with the skills and expertise to make a positive impact in any organization and industry. Advance as a leader within your current workplace—or open the door to new opportunities in education, business, healthcare, and more.

The EdD Organizational Leadership and Development specialization can prepare you to pursue career options such as:3

  • Director of organizational learning
  • Director of staff development
  • Training manager
  • Learning and development manager
  • Senior organizational change manager

The EdD Organizational Leadership and Development specialization can prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Corporations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Healthcare organizations
  • Universities


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1Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Training and Development Managers. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.

2Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). U.S. Department of Education. Washington, D.C.: National Center for Education Statistics. Includes 2018 data. Retrieved August 2020 using “Completions” survey from

3Source: Burning Glass Technologies, Labor Insight™. Industry Analysis, Active selections "nationwide" AND “last 12 months” AND “Industry: educational services” AND “Education: doctoral degree(specified)“ AND “Program of Study: Organizational Leadership (specified)” AND “Included postings: all new jobs).” Retrieved October 2020.