Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership online

The top-ranked USC Rossier School of Education offers a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Organizational Change and Leadership online (OCL online), designed for leaders who are looking to drive systemic change in their organizations.

These leaders include individuals looking to grow in their respective industry, as well as those who currently hold or are seeking leadership positions across a variety of industries, including colleges and universities, private firms, nonprofits, and government organizations.

Delivered through a blend of online collaboration, class sessions, coursework and real-world experiences, this EdD online program allows students to continue working full time while building the skills that will distinguish them as leaders in their organizations.

In the program, you will:   

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OCL online Curriculum

The OCL online curriculum is structured around three important 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


Advanced Standing (43 units)

Students with a master’s degree who are admitted with advanced standing are required to take 43 units in order to complete the program.

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

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.

This immersion experience will give students the opportunity to meet their classmates and professors face to face and complete various 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. Approximately five deliverables will be added to the capstone portfolio to represent the student’s mastery of proficiencies across courses taken.

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Where an EdD Can Take You

Many of our alumni who earn this EdD degree online can be found in leadership roles across a number of private and public industries. 

Colleges and Universities

Private Firms and Nonprofits

Government Organizations

Nonprofit Organizations

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