Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Organizational Development

For those who are seeking a doctorate in organizational leadership, Grand Canyon University's EdD in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Organizational Development is designed to support scholars who are interested in the science of studying leadership and its influence on organizational change. Learners seeking a doctorate in organization leadership will become experts at analyzing these effects and may aspire to leadership roles in education, business, clergy, military or non-profit organizations.

With an emphasis in organizational development, this doctorate degree will focus on leading an organization involved in change activity, a description that applies to virtually all organizations, profit and non-profit alike. Coursework will examine the shift from a traditional organizational structure to a learning organization and how to build organizations that last. The relationship between individual differences and organizational outcomes, and how these differences can be leveraged for greater effectiveness will also be explored.

The mission of Grand Canyon University is to develop learners who are global citizen, critical thinkers and responsible leaders. As such, the EdD in Organizational Leadership will examine topics such as ethical dilemmas and stewardship, corporate social responsibility from the perspective of ethical decision making, and will study the development and evolution of leadership theories. Learners will also explore opportunities, challenges and resilience required of leaders in today's global and turbulent economy.

For those seeking a doctoral level degree designed for those in business or management roles, you may also want to consider these programs:

  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)with an Emphasis in Management
  • Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Integrating Technology, Learning, and Psychology

For some individuals, a doctoral degree may seem out of reach. At Grand Canyon University, we have developed a program that includes an integrated dissertation process as well as a dynamic community that supports you along your doctoral journey.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:


The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.


The convenience of GCUs evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals. Evening classes meet once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom, filled with career minded individuals. Evening class sizes are kept small, providing a warm nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. Classes begin frequently at various locations.

Online and Evening program disclosures      

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.