Grand Canyon University

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


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

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

Format: Online

Program Description:

Embrace your inner leader by earning a quantitative Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Higher Education Leadership degree from Grand Canyon University. This degree program is designed for learners in the field of education seeking to significantly impact their higher education community or organization.

Become a Leader in Higher Education Organizations

The EdD in Organizational Leadership allows learners to take an in-depth, research-based approach to facilitate their leadership abilities and take on the role of a strategic professional within higher education.

Within the program, learners will have the opportunity to study major bodies of literature within leadership and higher education administration, critically analyze and reflect on existing theory and identify appropriate applications of theory in education, business and other organizational cultures. Graduates will exit the program having formulated a personal philosophy of leadership that can be applied within the context of higher education.

GCU’s higher education leadership degree program takes a unique, Christian approach to the practice of administration and leadership. By analyzing research and theory through the lens of the Christian worldview, graduates will be able to develop a leadership skillset grounded in ethics and morality. Courses within the higher education leadership program will additionally explore the history and politics of higher education in order to identify how the roots of higher education are impacting today's education organizations.

Specializing in a Quantitative EdD in Higher Education Organization Leadership

The program will explore the current research within the field, the governance and structure of higher education institutions, including both internal and external leadership frameworks and the leadership practices required in these areas.

In coursework and in the overall dissertation process, learners will develop academic and organizational research expertise through studying and enacting research and statistic methodologies. Students will be able to employ quantitative methods to design, collect and analyze information in alignment with conducting a scholarly dissertation.

This organizational leadership program includes opportunities to prepare for and work on the scholarly dissertation from the very beginning of the program. The program offers support for the dissertation even before course requirements have been completed, including two-to-three residencies, which include writing workshops and intensives to inspire learners to make significant progress on their dissertation.

Career Outlook for EdD in Higher Education Organizational Leadership
Graduates of this degree program are equipped for a variety of high-level leadership positions within the higher education sphere, including:

    Academic dean

    Chief academic officer

    Financial director

    Postsecondary administrator

    Training and development manager

    Higher education consultant

    Learning advocate

    Government representative or policymaker

Earning a doctoral degree in higher education organizational leadership can be your next step toward achieving your personal and professional goals. Contact a GCU representative today to learn more.

If seeking licensure or certification, applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. In addition, fingerprint/background clearance is required.


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

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