Organizational Leadership (DOL)

  • 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. 

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.


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

Program Contact

Program Director


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)

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