Doctorate in Ethical Leadership

Fully Online or Blended


Program Description: Ethical leaders foster a positive environment and productive relationships to maximize others’ potential through exceptional self-awareness, an understanding of group dynamics, and a foundation for implementing organizational effectiveness strategies.  The Doctorate in Ethical Leadership (Ed.D.) creates a foundation for this by combining ethical principles and leadership theories for practical application within diverse working environments.  It is ideal for working professionals who seek to enhance their ability to practice ethical leadership and infuse ethical principles and theories in management, planning, design, evaluation, research, and policy development across a variety of organizational and community settings.

The program offers a project-based, cross-disciplinary curriculum, and a broad spectrum of learning experiences to meet individual student needs and to develop a diverse and scholarly community of learners.  Students within the program maintain careers within management, government leadership, public service, higher education, business, healthcare, non-profit corporations, and school administration (principals, directors, and supervisors).

Face-to-face, online, and blended options create a unique structure allowing students to complete their doctorate in three years on a part-time basis while working full-time.  The research and dissertation processes are infused throughout the program with intensive faculty support to maximize student support and success.

Program Learning Outcomes: The Ed.D in Ethical Leadership program prepares graduates who can:

  1. Respond to the changing needs of diverse organizations
  2. Lead and manage private corporations, public organizations, educational institutions and systems, and nonprofit agencies
  3. Develop leadership, change management, and innovation strategies for maximizing team dynamics and key performance indicators across their organizations and within each of the people they work with
  4. Demonstrate ethical behaviors and complex problem-solving capacity aligned with designing and implementing organizational effectiveness strategies and assessment and evaluation initiatives critical for effective practice

Career Trajectory

  • Business executives and managers, and directors and supervisors in non-profit organizations, management consultants, planners, and policy advisors
  • School administrators, principals, consultants, directors, and supervisors
  • Federal, state, local government administrators
  • Learners aspiring to serve as presidents, vice presidents, deans, senior higher education administrators, or professors


Program Requirements and Structure

The Ed.D. program requires 60 credits of doctoral work beyond the master’s degree, including 33 core course credits, 15 specialization course credits, and 12 dissertation benchmark credits.

CORE COURSES – 33 Credits
ELI 801 Leadership Theory and Practice
ELI 804 Management of Crisis and Change
ELI 805 Strategic Leadership and Global Change
ELI 806 Accountability in Leadership
ELI 807 Ethics and Governance
ELI 813 Leading a Learning Organization
ELI 814 Cross-Cultural Relations
ELI 817 Managing Social Media in Organizations
ELI 819 Managing Performance
RES 820 Quantitative Research
RES 821 Qualitative Research

DEL 801 Interpersonal Leadership
DEL 802 Moral Imagination and Decision-Making
DEL 803 Complex Problems
DEL 804 Assessment and Evaluation
DEL 805 Leadership in Action

DIS 890 Dissertation Plan Benchmark
DIS 891 Dissertation Benchmark I
DIS 892 Dissertation Benchmark II
DIS 893 Dissertation Benchmark III

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