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EdD in Organizational Leadership

Make an Impact as an Organizational Leader

The Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership (EDOL) program prepares students to work in a wide variety of leadership roles and to transform organizations for optimal success and growth. This program is ideal for current leaders looking to expand their career path and rising executives who would like to advance their academic and professional goals.

This cohort-based doctorate program employs the practitioner-scholar model of doctoral training in which academics, clinical training, and research are conjoined. Through rigorous coursework and experiential learning, students gain advanced knowledge in the theory and practice of leadership, learning, and policy. Required national and international trips are woven into the program, providing students with a global perspective on leadership and policy. This program culminates in a doctoral dissertation.

Program Benefits

Reputable Program

The EdD in Organizational Leadership program and Pepperdine University as an institution are among the highest-ranked in the United States.

Values Centered

Students are empowered to make a lasting impact through GSEP's core values of academic excellence, social purpose, and meaningful service.

Quick Facts

Format: Evening Onground, Online-Hybrid
Term: Fall
Locations: West Los Angles, Irvine
Length: 3 years / 51 +2 units per term for dissertation
Tuition: $1,795 per unit

 

 

Prestigious Program

at the #46-ranked university in the US committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values.*

 

Two Format Options

Evening In-Classroom or Global Access (60 percent face-to-face/40 percent online)

 

Comprehensive Curriculum

Incorporates core courses shared between all doctoral offerings, program-specific classes, and elective options to customize your learning experience.

 

Earn Credit Towards Your PhD

One of Pepperdine's progressive degree programs, EDOL graduates need only 29 units to complete the PhD in Global Leadership.

 

Nationally-Recognized Faculty

Faculty are scholar-practitioners with exemplary academic achievements, professional expertise, educational experience, and scholarly credentials.

 

Immersion Experiences and Cohort Model

Provide opportunities to engage in meaningful community-building with peers and program leaders.

 

Recognized as a Top Doctoral Program

Ranked as the #2 doctorate with an emphasis on leadership and organizational development by Leadership Excellence And Development Awards for 2018.

 

No GRE or Standardized Tests Required

We offer an equitable admission process that considers your ability and commitment to succeed rather than test scores.


Facts By Numbers

#2

EDOL Program

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International Trip

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Policy Trip

$10,000+

Scholarships Available

 

Take the Next Step

Reach out to us to learn more about Pepperdine's EdD in Organizational Leadership program.

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Fill out the Request Information form to learn more and get in contact with an Enrollment Officer.

Attend an Info Session

Experience an in-depth overview and meet program leaders.

Start Your Application

Submit the application form early to meet scholarship and enrollment deadlines. It takes less than 15 minutes.

 

Program Deadlines

MAY
31

Application Form Submit: Submit the application form. Supplemental materials are not yet required.

Jun
17

International Student Deadline: Submitted application and supplemental materials required.

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Curriculum Overview

This doctoral program includes 51 units of coursework and a dissertation. You will experience a curriculum focused on preparing leaders with well-rounded and unparalleled leadership theory and practice courses, organizational behavior, social and cultural proficiency, public policy, economics, entrepreneurship, and many others.

There is an additional emphasis on hands-on instruction through a consultancy project along with global policy and international trip experiences. Research methods and applications are accomplished through both coursework and a final dissertation.


 

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Program Details

  • Offering both Evening In-Classroom and Global Access Hybrid formats, this program is ideal for working professionals to take advantage of the best features of both face-to-face and online modalities. The online portion provides flexibility, while the classroom component offers an enhanced experience, a personalized/hands-on approach, relational interaction with peers, and increased quality of learning.
  • Robust online modules feature engaging synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences.
  • Face-to-Face classes are conveniently located on our West Los Angeles Graduate Campus, close to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and just off the 405 freeway.
  • Cohort model designed to build upon leadership skills, peer support, and lifelong relationships with colleagues.
  • Small class sizes and a low faculty: student ratio provides a supportive learning environment, meaningful student-faculty interactions, and long-term professional and personal relationships.

 

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International Student Opportunities

  • This program is approved for international students perusing an F-1 or any other type of visa.
  • A dedicated Enrollment Services Officer will make your admissions process easy and comfortable with experience in supporting both international and domestic students.
  • Integration of domestic and international students across campuses. Dedicated support for international students is provided through the Office of International Student Services (OISS).
  • Opportunities to participate in university social, sporting, cultural, and spiritual events.
  • Cohort model designed to build upon leadership skills, peer support, and lifelong relationships with colleagues.
  • Robust alumni network.
  • Partnerships with professional networks and conferences.

 

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Expand Your Career Possibilities

This EdD from Pepperdine provides a strong opportunity for employment growth and earning potential. As a graduate, you will be prepared to increase your earning potential and help make a lasting difference in a variety of business and organizational roles.


 

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Tuition and Scholarships

Pepperdine GSEP generously offers $5,500,000 in scholarships every year, with the majority of students receiving some form of financial assistance. Incoming GSEP students may be eligible for approximately $10,000 in Pepperdine scholarships.*

Total tuition $105,905
GSEP scholarships available -10,000
Total tuition after GSEP scholarships $95,905

*GSEP scholarship amount is based on data from the 2021-2022 academic year and only includes new incoming students who received aid from Pepperdine within GSEP programs. Does not include other external forms of financial aid.

Alumni and Faculty Spotlight

"What led me to Pepperdine was initially the face-to-face. I really enjoyed being able to start off by coming in every week to class and meeting with my peers and my professors, and building a camaraderie. Being able to connect with everybody, knowing that there’s such a huge diversity, I think that really exceeded my expectations." - Dr. Asia Ghazi, Alumni

 

Why Pepperdine

Passion and Purpose Driven

Since our founding in 1937, Pepperdine University has had one mission: to strengthen students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership in a learning environment where academic excellence is rooted in a Christian faith and values.

Our graduate programs empower students to transform into the best possible expression of themselves for meaningful work and purposeful lives. That legacy is alive today more than ever, as we help students all over the world gain the skills they need to achieve personal fulfillment, lead with purpose, and make a lasting impact in the lives and communities they serve.

Reputable University

GSEP offers prestigious programs at the #46-ranked university in the US* committed to the highest standards of academic excellence. Consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful places to study, Pepperdine is where you're inspired to learn as you learn to inspire.

#29

Best-Value Schools

U.S. News & Report

#9

Best College Value in the West/SW

Kiplinger

#10

Most Entrepreneurial Universities

Forbes

* U.S. News & Report, Best Colleges Rankings, National Universities

Distinguished Faculty

  • GSEP faculty are nationally-recognized scholar-practitioners with exemplary academic achievements, industry expertise, educational experience, and scholarly credentials.
  • Professors are accomplished professionals who balance theory and real-world application in a practitioner-based curriculum informed by their desire to prepare students to make a difference.
  • 12:1 faculty-student ratio provides a supportive educational setting, meaningful interactions, and long-term professional and personal connections.

Alumni Network

  • Extensive Pepperdine alumni network creates influential business connections with more than 110,000 professionals. Our alumni network has 32 chapters and affinity programs in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Pepperdine alumni, faculty, staff, and parents make themselves available to offer the resources you need and help graduates build professional, personal, and purposeful relationships with Pepperdine people all over the world.
  • As a Pepperdine alumnus, you have exclusive access to the PeppConnect Mentoring Program, a global network of alumni who are willing to mentor and offer career or industry advice.

Student and Career Support

  • GSEP Student Services supports our rigorous curricula through academic advising, records, writing support, library, student groups, and much more.
  • Students are further supported through our Office of Student Accessibility, world-class facilities, and highly competitive programs, all of which contribute to our exceptional programs and rankings.
  • GSEP Career Services operates from an innovative model of career education and holistic career counseling for today's rapidly changing job market helping students and alumni construct their career narrative, build lifelong employability skills, and connect with alumni and industry leaders.
  • The Office of International Students Services (OISS) values our international students for what they bring to our campus—diversity, global perspective, cultural respect, determination, and a wonderful sense of adventure. We welcome students from all nationalities, faiths, and education systems, as they provide a diverse perspective in our classrooms.
  Passion and Purpose Driven

Passion and Purpose Driven

Since our founding in 1937, Pepperdine University has had one mission: to strengthen students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership in a learning environment where academic excellence is rooted in a Christian faith and values.

Our graduate programs empower students to transform into the best possible expression of themselves for meaningful work and purposeful lives. That legacy is alive today more than ever, as we help students all over the world gain the skills they need to achieve personal fulfillment, lead with purpose, and make a lasting impact in the lives and communities they serve.

  Reputable University

Reputable University

GSEP offers prestigious programs at the #46-ranked university in the US* committed to the highest standards of academic excellence. Consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful places to study, Pepperdine is where you're inspired to learn as you learn to inspire.

#29

Best-Value Schools

U.S. News & Report

#9

Best College Value in the West/SW

Kiplinger

#10

Most Entrepreneurial Universities

Forbes

* U.S. News & Report, Best Colleges Rankings, National Universities

  Distinguished Faculty

Distinguished Faculty

  • GSEP faculty are nationally-recognized scholar-practitioners with exemplary academic achievements, industry expertise, educational experience, and scholarly credentials.
  • Professors are accomplished professionals who balance theory and real-world application in a practitioner-based curriculum informed by their desire to prepare students to make a difference.
  • 12:1 faculty-student ratio provides a supportive educational setting, meaningful interactions, and long-term professional and personal connections.
  Alumni Network

Alumni Network

  • Extensive Pepperdine alumni network creates influential business connections with more than 110,000 professionals. Our alumni network has 32 chapters and affinity programs in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Pepperdine alumni, faculty, staff, and parents make themselves available to offer the resources you need and help graduates build professional, personal, and purposeful relationships with Pepperdine people all over the world.
  • As a Pepperdine alumnus, you have exclusive access to the PeppConnect Mentoring Program, a global network of alumni who are willing to mentor and offer career or industry advice.
  Student and Career Support

Student and Career Support

  • GSEP Student Services supports our rigorous curricula through academic advising, records, writing support, library, student groups, and much more.
  • Students are further supported through our Office of Student Accessibility, world-class facilities, and highly competitive programs, all of which contribute to our exceptional programs and rankings.
  • GSEP Career Services operates from an innovative model of career education and holistic career counseling for today's rapidly changing job market helping students and alumni construct their career narrative, build lifelong employability skills, and connect with alumni and industry leaders.
  • The Office of International Students Services (OISS) values our international students for what they bring to our campus—diversity, global perspective, cultural respect, determination, and a wonderful sense of adventure. We welcome students from all nationalities, faiths, and education systems, as they provide a diverse perspective in our classrooms.

 

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Vanessa Rosales
Enrollment Officer
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Los Angeles, CA 90045

(310) 568-5772

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