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Doctorate of Organizational Leadership


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. 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.

See the DOL Program Overview for degree requirements.


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

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Program Director:
Kathleen Bands, Ph.D.