Doctor of Education in the Field of Human and Organizational Learning

The Doctor of Education (EdD) in Human and Organizational Learning is designed to provide professionals with a foundation in relevant theories, concepts, and practices towards facilitating change initiatives and in becoming more effective leaders and decision makers.

The program is offered with two distinct focuses at different GW campuses.

Foggy Bottom Campus-Based Program

The Foggy Bottom campus offers working professionals evening courses on weeknights. The curriculum focuses on organizational issues such as strategic change, transformational leadership, individual and group learning processes, organizational development, global and international issues, the humane organization, virtual organizations, meaning of work, and self-directed learning. In addition to completing the required course work, students work with an advisor to create an individually designed program around the student's area of interest. All classes at the Foggy Bottom campus are offered on weeknights. 

Virginia Science and Technology Campus-Based Program: Executive Leadership

The Virginia Science and Technology campus cohort focuses on the interrelationships among people, organizations, and learning, while using systemic change processes. The program encourages students to challenge assumptions through critical reflection and fosters group and self-directed learning. Program students come from a variety of professions including business, health care, the military, education, federal agencies, information technology, and manufacturing, and have a variety of academic backgrounds with degrees in fields such as engineering, psychology, health and medical sciences, the humanities, and business. This diverse population enriches the learning experience for fellow students and provides both local and global networking opportunities. All classes at the Virginia Science and Technology campus are offered over a two-day period—Friday and Saturday—once per month, enabling students to continue working full time while pursuing the degree. In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Ed.D., applicants must have at least five years of full-time experience in a field related to human and organizational learning.

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

Visit the program website for additional information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

Requirements for the Doctor of Education program.

The doctoral (Ed.D.) program is available in two formats, each totaling 69 credits.

Main Campus Program

Required
HOL 8700Foundations of Human and Organizational Learning
HOL 8701Theory, Research, and Practice in Adult Learning and Development
HOL 8703Human Systems Change
HOL 8704Leadership Theory, Research, and Practice
HOL 8724Creating and Planning Doctoral Research
Research methods
EDUC 8120Group Comparison Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8122Qualitative Research Methods
HOL 8720Seminar: Applied Research in Human and Organizational Learning
HOL 8722Seminar: Advanced Issues in Human and Organizational Learning
Three credits from the following:
EDUC 8100Experimental Courses
EDUC 8130Survey Research Methods
EDUC 8131Case Study Research Methods
EDUC 8140Ethnographic Research Methods
EDUC 8142Phenomenological Research Methods
EDUC 8144Discourse Analysis
EDUC 8170Educational Measurement
EDUC 8171Predictive Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8172Multivariate Analysis
EDUC 8173Structural Equation Modeling
EDUC 8174Hierarchical Linear Modeling
EDUC 8175Item Response Theory
EDUC 8177Assessment Engineering
Dissertation
HOL 8998Predissertation Seminar
HOL 8999Dissertation Research (minimum 12 credits needed to complete requirement)
Approved dissertation proposal required
Electives
24 credits in elective courses selected from the following in consultation with advisor:
HOL 6100Special Workshop
HOL 6707Organizational Learning
HOL 6721Assessing the Impact of Organizational Change
HOL 6724Increasing the Capacity to Learn
HOL 6743Action Learning
HOL 6744Meaningful Workplaces
HOL 6746Work Groups and Teams in Organizations
HOL 6747International and Multicultural Issues in Organizations
HOL 8101Research and Independent Study
HOL 8721Practicum in Human and Organizational Learning
HOL 8742Work, Identity, and Adult Development
Successful completion of comprehensive examination is required.

Executive Leadership Program

Required
HOL 8100Special Topics in Human and Organizational Learning - Doctoral Studies (taken for 3 credits)
HOL 8700Foundations of Human and Organizational Learning
HOL 8701Theory, Research, and Practice in Adult Learning and Development
HOL 8702Theory and Design of Organizational Diagnosis and Development
HOL 8703Human Systems Change
HOL 8704Leadership Theory, Research, and Practice
HOL 8705Organizational Culture
HOL 8706Interdisciplinary Readings in Human and Organizational Learning
HOL 8720Seminar: Applied Research in Human and Organizational Learning
HOL 8721Practicum in Human and Organizational Learning (taken for 6 credits)
HOL 8722Seminar: Advanced Issues in Human and Organizational Learning
HOL 8724Creating and Planning Doctoral Research
HOL 8725Integration of Theory, Research and Practice
HOL 8997Preparation and Delivery of Doctoral Research
Research methods
EDUC 8120Group Comparison Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8122Qualitative Research Methods
Three credits from the following:
EDUC 8100Experimental Courses
EDUC 8130Survey Research Methods
EDUC 8131Case Study Research Methods
EDUC 8140Ethnographic Research Methods
EDUC 8142Phenomenological Research Methods
EDUC 8144Discourse Analysis
EDUC 8170Educational Measurement
EDUC 8171Predictive Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8172Multivariate Analysis
EDUC 8173Structural Equation Modeling
EDUC 8174Hierarchical Linear Modeling
EDUC 8175Item Response Theory
EDUC 8177Assessment Engineering
Dissertation
HOL 8998Predissertation Seminar
HOL 8999Dissertation Research (minimum 12 credits needed to complete requirement)
Approved dissertation proposal is required.
Successful completion of a comprehensive examination is required.