Organizational Leadership, D.B.A./D.O.L.

Program Director, Kathleen C. Bands, Ph.D.; bands@hood.edu; 301-696-3818

The Doctorate in Organizational Leadership is a 60-credit program of graduate study and applied research for:

  • Persons holding a master’s degree and currently employed in business, non-profit sector, military or government who are seeking additional leadership development as part of personal, career and professional growth program

  • Educators with interest in leadership development to advance their career; and

  • Professionals already holding advanced degrees who desire to extend their preparation in leadership development

The courses are designed for working professionals and scheduled in the evening and weekends for those who work full-time.  A cohort moves through the three-year program.

Procedure for Applying

Once a year in the fall, a new cohort begins their program of study.  Admission dates for Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership (DBA/DOL) open in the spring semester, not later than February 1.  All applications must be completed by May 15.  Candidates admitted to the program will be notified after all the applications are reviewed.  Candidates may be asked to complete a campus interview as part of the admission process.

Application Requirements

  • Master’s degree in any discipline for DOL

  • Master's degree in Business or related field required for DBA

Applicants will be accepted into the program based on selection criteria that include graduate coursework, grade point average, personal statements, area of research interest, resume, and experience. 

Those interested in applying must:

  • Complete the online application at www.hood.edu/graduate

  • Submit official transcripts of all graduate work completed for Master’s degree with a minimum of 3.25 GPA

  • Minimum of eight to ten years of progressive professional work experience

  • Resume

  • Two letters of Recommendation - including one from your employer  that speaks to your professional work experience and leadership skills and another  individual who can attest to your leadership skills

  • Personal essay of 400 to 500 words:

    • What attracts you to the Doctorate in Organizational Leadership?

  • Select one of the following prompts and write an essay of 500 to 750 words:

    • What is the role of leadership in an organization as it focuses on challenges and issues of the 21st century?

    • Leadership is often defined as the “art of influence.”  What are the lessons you have learned from a leader you admire?

    • Compare and contrast your leadership styles with that of a leader you admire and respect.

    • Describe how sustainable leadership (economic, social and environmental)  fits with your personal paradigm of leadership.

  • Candidate must provide one of the following  admission elements

    • Standardized Test Scores (SLLA, GRE, GMAT or MAT)

    • Evidence of master’s level culminating research experience (capstone project, thesis, field work or action research project

  • Successful completion of a graduate level research/statistics course

For additional admission information, see Graduate Admission

The doctoral program in organizational leadership is administered by the Departments of Education and Business Administration, by the director of the Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership, assisted by the Program Advisory Council and Administrative Committee for DOL.

Program Requirements

The doctoral programs Doctorate in Organizational Leadership (DOL/DBA) requires sixty credits beyond the master’s degree and consists of twenty-seven credits of core coursework, twelve credits from a specialization tier, nine credits of research methodology courses, and a twelve-credit applied research-based capstone project.

Research Methodology Tier

To address the research tier, all candidates complete the following three Research Methodology courses for a total of nine credits:

LEAD 620Qualitative Research in Social Sciences-Theory and Design

3.0

LEAD 621Statistical Methods for Social Science Research: Design and Analysis

3.0

LEAD 622Fundamentals of Evidence-Based Management Theory, Research, and Application

3.0

Core Leadership Tier

Courses delivering the 27 core credits are designed to provide every cohort member with a common set of understandings about key elements of effective organizational leadership. This tier of courses includes the following:

LEAD 601Seminar in Leadership Theory and Practice

4.0

LEAD 602Seminar in Ethics and Leadership

4.0

LEAD 603Leading and Managing Human Capital

3.0

LEAD 604Leadership and Strategic Communication

3.0

LEAD 605Seminar in Leading Strategic Change and Transformation

4.0

LEAD 606Financial Stewardship for Leaders

3.0

LEAD 607Leadership, Advocacy and Policy

3.0

LEAD 608Sustainable Systemic Leadership

3.0

Additional Requirements for DBA candidates

• Six approved management workshops
• Conference presentation (local or national)
• Experiential opportunity with a faculty member
• Paper publication (or preparation of paper to be published)

Research-Based Capstone Project

Candidates design an action research project to address a challenge within their working context, organization, or community. The project incorporates leadership-based research, the working context of the candidate, and the impact of effective leadership. The capstone credits are distributed across three semesters of 3-four credit classes:

LEAD 630Capstone I: Theoretical Framework

4.0

LEAD 631Capstone II: Research Proposal

4.0

LEAD 632Capstone III: Project Defense

4.0

Comprehensive Examination: Students will sit for a comprehensive examination that tests their grasp of the first four leadership core classes and the three research methods courses.

Portfolio Evaluation: Students will be required to maintain a portfolio of their work in Chalk and Wire. The major assignment from each class must be submitted to Chalk and Wire. This collection of assignments will comprise the student portfolio, which will be reviewed at the end of the second year by a faculty team. In addition, students are required to submit a statement indicating their plans for future research and capstone work at the end of the first year. This statement will also be reviewed by a faculty team.

Specialization Tier

Candidates who enter the doctoral program come from many different sectors including business, education, non-profits, the military and government. In order to provide a flexible program that meets the personal and professional needs of candidates, the specialization tier provides opportunity to develop more specialized study. Selection of courses are guided by the candidate’s goal of enhancing understanding of their industry or building new content development in a complimentary area. Candidates will work closely with their faculty advisor and select courses to support their personal and professional goals. The candidates will identify courses at the end of year one coursework and submit a declaration of specialization form to the Doctoral Program Director for approval. Year Two coursework will include the specialization courses outline in the declaration form. Candidates will complete their specialization coursework no later than fall semester of year three.

All candidates will select one specialization from the following:

  • Education Leadership

  • Business Leadership

  • Government Leadership

The twelve specialization credits are selected by candidates from among the graduate course offerings within the disciplines of Counseling, Economics & Business Administration, and Education; the selection of specialization courses is subject to the approval of each candidate’s advisor and Program Director.  With similar approval, appropriate courses from other departments may also meet this requirement. Candidates complete all course requirements for each of the three courses in this series and, in addition, in consultation with their advisor, design and conduct a project related to each course. These projects will involve either the candidate’s employer or a local organization and have as their goal to help inform the candidate concerning the ultimate subject of his/her research-based capstone experience. Up to six credits beyond the master’s degree may be transferred toward meeting this requirement with the approval of the advisor.

Select three of the following:

COUN 500LHuman Development as a Lifelong Process

4.0

COUN 502LSocial and Cultural Foundations of Counseling

4.0

COUN 503LLifestyle and Career Development

4.0

COUN 506LResearch and Program Evaluation

4.0

ECON 560LManagerial Economics

4.0

ECMG 578LInternational Financial Management

4.0

EDUC 502LTechnology for Literacy, Leadership & Learning

4.0

EDUC 513LSchool Law

4.0

EDUC 514LAdministration of Student Services

4.0

EDUC 581LResearch-Based Teaching, Learning & Assessment

4.0

EDUC 582LEducational Philosophy in a Diverse Society

4.0

EDUC 584LSystemic Change Processes for School Improvement

4.0

EDUC 586LPrinciples of Educational Supervision

4.0

LEAD 699Special Topics in Org. Leadership

4.0

MGMT 562LFinancial & Managerial Accounting

4.0

MGMT 563LMarketing Management

4.0

MGMT 565LInternational Management

4.0

MGMT 566LInformation Management & Technology

4.0

MGMT 568LAccounting Information Systems

4.0

MGMT 569LProject Management

4.0

MGMT 570LMarketing Analysis for Managers

4.0

MGMT 572LSupply Chain Management

4.0

MGMT 576LAdvanced Financial Management

4.0

MGMT 577LPortfolio and Investment Management

4.0

ECMG 578LInternational Financial Management

4.0

MGMT 580LStrategic Cost Management

4.0

MGMT 581LFinancial Statement Analysis

4.0

MGMT 582LNegotiation & Conflict Resolution

4.0

MGMT 587LPublic Administration

4.0