Grand Canyon University

Ed.D in Organizational Leadership: Higher Education Leadership (Qualitative Research)


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ed.D in Organizational Leadership: Higher Education Leadership (Qualitative Research)

Format: Online

Program Description:

This qualitative program allows you to directly contribute to the wealth of knowledge in the field of educational leadership. Through both classwork and the completion of an original research study, you will generate new insights into organizational leadership within the education field.

A qualitative program involves analyzing important patterns and identifying key trends that can have great impacts on your greater industry. It contrasts from GCU’s quantitative EdD in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Higher Education Leadership, which involves performing a statistical, data-driven research study.

Develop Skills in Higher Education Leadership
The landscape of higher education is dynamic and continually evolving which requires careful decision-making through the lens of ethical practices and standards. The curriculum at GCU stands out for its focus on ethical dilemmas and stewardship. Graduates emerge with a renewed sense of purpose for becoming agents of positive change in their fields.

Join online or evening classes and engage in stimulating discussions with faculty members and peers with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Learn to evaluate qualitative and quantitative data and apply research-driven strategies for the future. The doctorate in higher education requires a minimum 60 credits for completion. Most online courses are eight weeks in length.

The Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership for Higher Education program begins with an intensive exploration of scholarly research and academic writing. From the first course, learners will begin the dissertation process. After covering literature reviews and research questions, students move on to explore the development and evolution of leadership theories. Other core topic areas include the following:

The history and politics of higher education, with an examination of the political landscape and relevant ethical issues
The internal and external governance and structures in higher education
The creation and maintenance of a diverse learning infrastructure through faculty professional development, alumni relations and the building of a scholarly community
The establishment of a shared mission, vision and goals among stakeholders for the purpose of long-range strategic planning
However, learners are expected to participate in two or three five-day residencies on campus. These are conducted to enable learners to benefit from networking opportunities, peer feedback and intensive mentorship from faculty members.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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