Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership online

In the Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership (OCL) online program, students are prepared to facilitate conditions that create effective, adaptable and competitive organizations across industries, including colleges and universities, private firms, nonprofits, and government organizations.

In this program, students will:

  • Explore how learning occurs in workplace settings.
  • Examine effective strategies for facilitating organizational learning.
  • Learn to create systems that produce effective organizations.

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OCL Online Curriculum

The OCL online curriculum is structured around three themes:

Leadership: Mastering key skills such as creating environments of inclusion and transparency, and establishing and communicating widely shared visions and goals

Problem-Solving: Strengthening evidence-based decision-making, the effective use of data, and program evaluation and assessment

Reflection: Contemplating the mission, process and outcomes of specific learning initiatives

On-Campus Immersion

While coursework for this online doctorate in education program is completed through a blend of online assignments and real-world experiences, students are required to attend annual immersion weekends held on the USC Los Angeles campus.

These immersion experiences give students the opportunity to meet their classmates and professors face-to-face and complete collaborative learning exercises designed to build essential leadership skills.


This online EdD program culminates in a dissertation and longitudinal reflective self-assessment in which students demonstrate effective application of the program’s theories and concepts.

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Program Paths

43-unit Track
Students who have a master’s degree are required to complete 43 units of coursework over three years.

60-unit Track
Students who do not have a master’s degree but have substantial work and leadership experience will be required to complete 60 units of coursework over four years.

Career Outcomes

The Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership online prepares students for a variety of roles in different sectors. They include:

  • President/Vice President
  • CEO
  • Chief Learning Officer
  • Higher Education Administrator
  • Training/Professional Development Manager
  • Non-Profit Manager/Executive Director
  • Strategic Planning Director
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Human Resources Manager

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