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Organizational Leadership (DOL)

Graduate
  • Doctorate

About this Program

The Doctorate of Organizational Leadership prepares leaders in education, the non-profit sector and government to meet the personal and professional challenges of the future.

Program Overview

Through an integrated curriculum that explores values, students are equipped for lives of responsibility, leadership and service. Participants are encouraged to be lifelong learners who engage in self-assessment, reflection and evaluation. 

Preparing leaders, transforming communities

The DOL is founded on the four pillars of leadership excellence: mindfulness, resource stewardship, systems thinking and community commitment. Experiences prepare students to guide their organizations—and their communities—through the challenges of the twenty-first century. Students learn to make decisions based not only on financial performance but also on social and environmental criteria. Coursework prepares them to use benchmarking and evidence-based research to improve organizational effectiveness and efficiency.

Ideal candidates

Ideal candidates are mid-career professionals who hold leadership positions within their organizations or have a strong desire to ascend to that level. They have earned a master’s degree and have at least 8-10 years of progressively responsible experience in their career field. View our doctoral profiles here.

Cohort format 

The multidisciplinary program is a three-year experience—fall, spring and summer—that is organized by cohort. The cohort approach provides an opportunity to be part of a cohesive community of learners and leaders. DOL candidates:

  • Start and progress together with Doctorate of Business Administration candidates through 27 credits of core courses and 9 credits of research courses as well as three capstone courses.
  • Differentiate their DOL degree pursuit through three electives aligned with their specialization in education, business or government.

Convenient 

Classes are offered on the College’s centrally located Frederick campus and are held to accommodate working professionals.

Student Learning Outcomes

At Hood College, we are committed to teaching excellence. Program goals and learning outcomes identify what we expect students to learn, think critically about and accomplish in their courses and programs of study at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We believe an integrated learning approach that combines a strong grounding in the liberal arts with advanced study in the major and opportunities for internships and research initiatives is the best way to prepare students for lives of purpose and civic engagement.

Program Contact

Program Director

Phone
301-696-3818

Christian DiGregorio

Director of Graduate Admission

Phone
301-696-3604

Degrees Offered

  • DOL

Department Offering

To be considered for admission to the program, applicants must: 

  • Complete the online application here.
  • Submit an official transcript for a master’s degree. (Applicants must have completed a master’s degree with a minimum 3.25 GPA and taken at least one course in statistics.)
  • Submit a résumé that demonstrates a minimum of 8-10 years of progressive professional work experience.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation: One from your employer that speaks to your professional work experience and leadership skills, the second from an individual who can attest to your leadership skills.
  • Submit a 400- to 500-word personal essay that describes what attracts you to this doctorate program. 
  • Submit a 500- to 750-word essay in response to one of the following prompts: 
    • What is the role of leadership in an organization as it focuses on challenges and issues of the twenty-first century?
    • Leadership is often defined as the “art of influence.” What lessons have you learned from a leader you admire?
    • Compare and contrast your leadership style with that of a leader you admire and respect.
    • Describe how sustainable leadership (economic, social and environmental) fits with your personal paradigm of leadership.
  • Provide one of the following admission elements:
    • Standardized test scores (SLLA, GRE, GMAT or MAT)
    • Evidence of master’s level culminating research experience (capstone project, thesis, field work or action research project)

Program Requirements

The doctoral programs Doctorate in Organizational Leadership (DOL/DBA) requires sixty credits beyond the master’s degree and consists of twenty-seven credits of core coursework, twelve credits from a specialization tier, nine credits of research methodology courses, and a twelve-credit applied research-based capstone dissertation project.

Research Methodology Tier

To address the research tier, all candidates complete the following three Research Methodology courses for a total of nine credits:

LEAD 620Qualitative Research in Social Sciences-Theory and Design

3.0

LEAD 621Statistical Methods for Social Science Research: Design and Analysis

3.0

LEAD 622Fundamentals of Evidence-Based Management Theory, Research, and Application

3.0

Core Leadership Tier

Courses delivering the 27 core credits are designed to provide every cohort member with a common set of understandings about key elements of effective organizational leadership. This tier of courses includes the following:

LEAD 601Seminar in Leadership Theory and Practice

4.0

LEAD 602Seminar in Ethics and Leadership

4.0

LEAD 603Leading and Managing Human Capital

3.0

LEAD 604Leadership and Strategic Communication

3.0

LEAD 605Seminar in Leading Strategic Change and Transformation

4.0

LEAD 606Financial Stewardship for Leaders

3.0

LEAD 607Leadership, Advocacy and Policy

3.0

LEAD 608Sustainable Systemic Leadership

3.0

Additional Requirements for DBA candidates

• Six approved management workshops 
• Conference presentation (local, regional, national, or international) 
• Experiential opportunity with a faculty member 
• Paper publication (or preparation of paper to be published)

Specialization Tier

Candidates who enter the doctoral program come from many different sectors including business, education, non-profits, the military and government. In order to provide a flexible program that meets the personal and professional needs of candidates, the specialization tier provides opportunity to develop more specialized study. Selection of courses are guided by the candidate’s goal of enhancing understanding of their industry or building new content development in a complimentary area. Candidates will work closely with their faculty adviser and select courses to support their personal and professional goals. The candidates will identify courses at the end of year one coursework and submit a declaration of specialization form to the Doctoral Program Director for approval. Year Two coursework will include the specialization courses outlined in the declaration form. Candidates will complete their specialization coursework no later than fall semester of year three.

All candidates will select one specialization from the following:

  • General Leaderhip

  • Education Leadership

  • Business Leadership

  • Government Leadership

The twelve specialization credits are selected by candidates from among the graduate course offerings within the disciplines of Counseling, Economics & Business Administration, and Education; the selection of specialization courses is subject to the approval of each candidate’s adviser and Program Director.  With similar approval, appropriate courses from other departments may also meet this requirement. Candidates complete all course requirements for each of the three courses in this series and, in addition, in consultation with their adviser, design and conduct a project related to each course. These projects will involve either the candidate’s employer or a local organization and have as their goal to help inform the candidate concerning the ultimate subject of his/her research-based capstone experience. Up to six credits beyond the master’s degree may be transferred toward meeting this requirement with the approval of the advisor.

Select three of the following:

COUN 500LHuman Development as a Lifelong Process

4.0

COUN 502LSocial and Cultural Foundations of Counseling

4.0

COUN 503LLifestyle and Career Development

4.0

COUN 506LResearch and Program Evaluation

4.0

ECON 560LManagerial Economics

4.0

ECMG 578LInternational Financial Management

4.0

EDUC 502LTechnology for Literacy, Leadership & Learning

4.0

EDUC 513LSchool Law

4.0

EDUC 514LAdministration of Student Services

4.0

EDUC 581LResearch-Based Teaching, Learning & Assessment

4.0

EDUC 582LEducational Philosophy in a Diverse Society

4.0

EDUC 584LSystemic Change Processes for School Improvement

4.0

EDUC 586LPrinciples of Educational Supervision

4.0

LEAD 675Independent Study

4.0

LEAD 699Special Topics in Org. Leadership

4.0

MGMT 562LFinancial & Managerial Accounting

4.0

MGMT 563LMarketing Management

4.0

MGMT 565LInternational Management

4.0

MGMT 566LInformation Management & Technology

4.0

MGMT 568LAccounting Information Systems

4.0

MGMT 569LProject Management

4.0

MGMT 570LMarketing Analysis for Managers

4.0

MGMT 572LSupply Chain Management

4.0

MGMT 576LAdvanced Financial Management

4.0

MGMT 577LPortfolio and Investment Management

4.0

ECMG 578LInternational Financial Management

4.0

MGMT 580LStrategic Cost Management

4.0

MGMT 581LFinancial Statement Analysis

4.0

MGMT 582LNegotiation & Conflict Resolution

4.0

MGMT 587LPublic Administration

4.0

Candidates design an capstone dissertation research project to address a challenge within their working context, organization, or community. The project incorporates leadership-based research, the working context of the candidate, and the impact of effective leadership. The capstone credits are distributed across three semesters of 3-four credit classes:

LEAD 630Capstone I: Theoretical Framework

4.0

LEAD 631Capstone II: Research Proposal

4.0

LEAD 632Capstone III: Project Defense

4.0

Comprehensive Examination: Students will sit for a comprehensive examination that tests their grasp of the first four leadership core classes and the three research methods courses.  Comprehensive exams are completed int he spring of Year II of the program.

Portfolio Evaluation: Students will be required to maintain a portfolio of their work in Chalk and Wire. The major assignment from each class must be submitted to Chalk and Wire. This collection of assignments will comprise the student portfolio, which will be reviewed at the end of the second year by a faculty team. In addition, students are required to submit a statement indicating their plans for future research and capstone work at the end of the first year. This statement will also be reviewed by a faculty team.

Our faculty...

95 percent of our full-time faculty hold the doctorate or terminal degree in their field.

All Faculty

Kathleen Bands

  • Professor of Education
  • Program Director, Doctorate of Organizational Leadership and Doctorate of Business Administration
Laura Moore

Laura Moore

  • Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Department Chair