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Organizational Leadership, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
This program strengthens and develops leadership skills while preparing students to work in a wide range of settings. Individuals are equipped with the knowledge and ability to recognize, harness, and channel forces of change to transform organizations for optimal success and growth.
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It is recognized as the top doctoral program with an emphasis on leadership and organizational development by the Leadership Excellence Awards for 2016 for outstanding achievements in leadership and organizational development programs.

Embodying the scholar-practitioner program, which blends theory with real-world experience, the EDOL program is ideal for current leaders looking for relevant skills to expand their career path. 

It is also designed for rising executives who would like a doctoral degree to advance academic and professional goals. Emphasizing a humanistic approach to leadership, management, and change,the program prepares individuals to be visionaries within their organizations. 

Graduate students begin and complete the program with a cohort of business and academic professionals from diverse fields. The cohort model enables students to build upon leadership skills while forging valuable relationships with colleagues.


  • Two program formats: Traditional and Global Access (60 percent face-to-face/40 percent online) ideal for working professionals
  • Flexible classes which meet in the evenings and on occasional weekends
  • Small class sizes provide an environment for faculty mentorship and the building of lifelong peer relationships
  • A supportive learning environment and faculty with exemplary academic achievements and professional experience
  • Scholar-practitioner model integrating theory and best practices
  • National and global trips to provide a well-rounded perspective on leadership and policy
  • Pepperdine network connecting you to influential business leaders in the community


Pepperdine University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    20 credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Leadership Theory and Practice
  • Organizational Behavior, Theory, and Design
  • Ethics and Personal Leadership
  • Program Learning Design and Evaluation
  • Research Design and Analysis
  • Economic and Policy Systems
  • International Policy Experience
  • E-Learning: Theory and Practice
  • Consultancy Project
  • Advanced Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Leadership, Advocacy, and Policy Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Law and Dispute Resolution
  • Consultancy Project
  • Strategic Leadership and Management of Global Change
  • Qualitative Research and Analysis
  • Contemporary Topics
  • Comprehensive Examination Seminar
  • Dissertation Research
  • Dissertation Completion
  • Induction Seminar

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Official student transcripts from the accredited colleges or universities that awarded your baccalaureate and master's degrees via one of the following approved companies:National Student Clearinghouse
  • Parchment
  • Three professional recommendations using this Recommendation Form. The recommendations should attest to your academic abilities, character, and professional abilities. 
  • A Statement of Purpose (1,000-2,000 words) addressing such topics as issues, questions, interests, matters of concern regarding educational and professional development, strengths and weaknesses with respect to engaging in doctoral study, and/or future career objectives
  • Scores from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1550 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1550 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1550 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1550 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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