The Online EdD Program from the University of Dayton

Learn to Improve Organizations and Communities Through Leadership

The online Doctor of Education (EdD) in Leadership for Organizations from University of Dayton’s School of Education and Health Sciences (SEHS) prepares you to influence change in organizations and the greater community through service-based leadership.

The program’s emphasis on research, collaboration, social justice and applied practice will prepare you to lead mission-driven organizations to success and positive change in emerging contexts. With the service-based leadership expertise you gain in the program, you’ll graduate ready to manage and enact change in 21st-century school and education systems, healthcare organizations, nonprofits, government agencies, and more.

The online EdD program consists of 60 credits and can be completed in 36 months.

EdD Curriculum

The program focuses on principles of organizational leadership that prepare you to become a scholarly practitioner in your field. Following the University of Dayton’s Marianist tradition of service through leadership, the program curriculum will prepare you to lead purposeful organizational change through four curricular components:

Promotion of social
justice and diversity

Learning through inquiry,
research and application

Using critical reflection
in daily decision-making

Building community
in organizations

Coursework in the program incorporates the following four areas of study:


Research, Assessment
and Program Evaluation


Foundations and Contexts


Leadership and Communities



On-Campus Immersions

You will meet with classmates and professors on campus in Dayton, Ohio, for two in-person immersions while in the program. One immersion will take place at the end of year one and the other will take place at the end of year three.

These in-person experiences offer you the opportunity to further collaborate with knowledgeable professionals, work on your dissertation and build on the connections you have made online.

The EdD Dissertation

University of Dayton’s online EdD program places a strong emphasis on research, experience and collaboration, allowing you to start developing your scholarly practice from day one of the program.

Starting in the first term, you will create a dissertation-in-practice that you will work on throughout your time in the program. In the dissertation, you will conduct in-depth, independent research in an area that interests you and aligns with your career goals.

This will be an original action research study that balances attention to empirical research and direct application of new knowledge and findings. You may choose a dissertation topic pertaining to your current organization and begin implementing what you learn right away in addition to planning long-term organizational goals.

Expert Dayton SEHS faculty will offer continuous support throughout the dissertation process, and collaboration with classmates in research affinity groups will help you refine your ideas. At the second immersion, you will present a culminating dissertation and receive feedback from professors and peers.

Completing a dissertation-in-practice assures that upon graduation, you will have a concrete strategy for organizational and greater societal change in your field of interest, and the knowledge and experience to put it into action.


The University of Dayton online EdD admission committee seeks passionate individuals who are interested in improving organizations and society in their careers. Successful applicants possess a deep interest in learning systems, are skilled communicators and desire to further the missions of their organizations through equity and social justice.

All applicants to the EdD program must hold a master’s degree.

The program offers three start dates per year, in September, January and May. Learn more about our application requirements on the Admission and Financial Aid Overview page.

Take the next step in your career and influence change in your organization.

Earn your EdD in University of Dayton’s online program.

Earn Your EdD Online

As an early adopter of online education, the University of Dayton provides online students with advanced learning technology and an interface that
re-creates the classroom learning experience.

As an online EdD student, you will:

Attend weekly, live-streaming classes featuring HD video and small breakout rooms.

Access coursework through a mobile-friendly and interactive online classroom.

Connect with faculty and classmates using social tools in the virtual campus.

Be able to share screens, collaboratively edit documents and conduct polls and surveys.

EdD Jobs

Graduates of the online EdD program will be prepared to pursue leadership positions related to K–12 education, nonprofits, medical centers and health organizations, government agencies, and private companies.

EdD graduates may pursue careers as:

  • City and local government officials
  • Public policy leaders
  • Postsecondary education administrators
  • Health services executives
  • Nonprofit and charitable organizers

The program will prepare you with the ability to do the following in various organizational roles:

  • Provide leadership in organizations and the communities they serve.
  • Develop educational programs in organizations.
  • Collaboratively design and implement policy.
  • Assess learning and evaluate programs.
  • Lead change and improvement efforts.

Why Earn an EdD?

Earning an EdD can prepare you with the additional training and education that is in increasingly high demand in organizations across sectors. Projected employment growth in postsecondary education will allow EdD graduates to pursue administrative or organizational careers in growing college and university systems. The healthcare sector is also increasingly in need of organizational professionals as it expands.

As an EdD degree holder, you can pursue careers in some of today’s fastest-growing sectors and have an impact on pressing 21st-century issues.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Postsecondary teaching jobs
are expected to grow by 15% between 2016 and 2026.1

Medical and health service
management jobs are expected to grow by 20% between 2016 and 2026.2

As a graduate of Dayton’s online EdD in Leadership for Organizations program, you will have the deep understanding of organizational systems and practical experience to truly influence change where it is needed in your organization and community.

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Postsecondary Teachers, on the Internet at (visited December 29, 2018). Return to footnote reference
2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Health Services Managers, on the Internet at (visited December 16, 2018). Return to footnote reference

Make a difference as an organizational professional.

Learn more about earning your EdD online with the University of Dayton today.