Doctor of Education in
Executive Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership and Innovation
Saint Francis University
Blended, Distance Learning
USD 51,000 *
Earliest start date
* plus related-residency costs
New Executive Doctor of Education (EdD) from Saint Francis University
The new Executive Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership and Innovation is an entrepreneurial and transformative 32-month program for confident leaders who are inspired to drive future innovation, using servant leadership as a framework for doing so. In this program, you will be intellectually challenged, gaining the leadership skills to excel in your current career or to pivot in a new field.
- Research-based, doctoral-level program designed for working professionals
- Online courses coupled with in-person residencies for optimal impact
- Concurrent dissertation and coursework can be completed within 32 months
The SFU Learning Experience
The Doctor in Organizational Leadership and Innovation is the first research-based doctoral-level program offered by Saint Francis University.
- Structured for working professionals who want to study online yet enjoy the synergy of in-person collaboration.
- Ideal program for individuals looking to serve in leadership roles in business, education, healthcare, non-profit, and public service fields.
- Integrated dissertation work throughout the curriculum provides a better schedule fit for professionals.
- Online courses and collaborative cohort sessions, coupled with 8 in-person extended weekend residencies in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
Ethical Leadership is a Powerful Change Agent
While typical organizational leadership programs focus on the core skills needed to lead an organization, this unique program goes far beyond the basic leadership curriculum.
Our doctoral-level executive leadership program:
- accelerates, educates, and guides the development of leaders who actively encourage creative and value-based thinking in their institutions.
- builds upon strategic planning, environmental evaluation, change management, and leadership methodologies.
- fosters abilities to create an environment of innovation through cultural change, outside-the-box thinking, strategic and disruptive innovation, and leadership agility.
Saint Francis University, including the EdD program, is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; (267-284-5000). The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
The Executive Doctor of Education (EdD) in Organizational Leadership and Innovation is a unique degree program that provides leaders with the capabilities to lead an organization with strategic innovation and sustainability in a competitive global economy. Students walk away with an enhanced ability to lead complex organizations in business, education, healthcare, non-profit, and public service fields with the aim of improving efficiency, effectiveness, and/or competitive advantage.
Fully online courses with an extended weekend residency requirement each semester (8 total residencies in Altoona, Pennsylvania)
- 51 total credits
- 32-months anticipated completion time
- Cohort enrollment
- Integrated dissertation work
- Program Cost $51,000 (plus related residency costs)
The dissertation is the final requirement for the Doctor of Education degree. It is a scholarly document that allows you to demonstrate pertinent knowledge, skills, and expertise in your area of concentration (education, health science, or business). It is expected that the dissertation provides a significant contribution adding to knowledge and/or practice in the field of study and demonstrates that the doctoral candidate is well versed in the subject matter and capable of high-quality research. The candidate must successfully defend the dissertation before their committee.
The dissertation in the Saint Francis University Executive Doctor of Education is embedded in the program of study for all students with the aim that the dissertation is completed, defended, and approved within the final semester of the program.
The SFU Dissertation Guidebook complements other important resources during this phase of the student’s graduate career, including their dissertation supervisory committee, their academic program leaders, the academic advisors and other University staff members, the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA style manual), and the other designated dissertation resources.
Other information to include, related to this program
The Residency is the time within the program that provides for a structured educational experience on campus or at a designated location.
The Structure of Doctoral Residency
Students working toward the Doctor of Education (EdD) degree must participate in a doctoral residency. During doctoral residencies, students meet with their peers to learn about the doctoral journey, work with experts on their dissertation topic, and network with faculty and industry professionals. Residencies provide specific tools and resources that allow students to gain a better understanding of their area of study. Residencies provide students with an irreplaceable experience on their journey to earning a doctoral degree.
There are eight residencies required (one residency per semester) involving approximately two full days and two half days. There is one half-day of in-person learning on both Thursday (4 hours) and Sunday (4 hours) and one full-day of learning on both Friday (8 hours) and Saturday (8 hours). These hours of in-person learning split evenly between two courses, provide thirteen (13) hours of a learning experience for each course. In addition to this determined learning time, additional time (up to six hours over these days) is allocated to seminars related to a theme or topic of the specific residency.
Courses Required for Program (51 credits)
- DOL 711 - Introduction to Executive Leadership and Innovation
- DOL 712 - Leadership Theory, Research, and Practice
- DOL 713 - Innovation Theory and Practice in a Global Economy
- DOL 801 - Organizational Development and Practices
- DOL 802 - Global Policy
- DOL 803 - Ethics Values and Decision-Making for Executive Leaders
- DOL 804 - Quantitative Research and Analytics
- DOL 805 - Qualitative Research and Analysis
- DOL 806 - Digital Transformation of Business and Society in a Global World
- DOL 807 - Applied Leadership Practicum
- DOL 808 - Cultural Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility
- DOL 809 - Executive Finance
- DOL 810 - Organizational Strategy and Innovation
- DISS 901 - Dissertation Seminar I - Introduction to Research and the Research Proposal
- DISS 902 - Dissertation Seminar II - Literature Review, Methodology and IRB
- DISS 903 - Dissertation Seminar III - Analysis
- DISS 904 - Dissertation Seminar IV - Conclusion
- DISS 905 - Dissertation Continuation
- Apply the theories and principles of organizational leadership and innovation to advance your field of study through research.
- Demonstrate how leadership theory and practices are linked to practical applications in your field of study.
- From an executive leadership perspective, apply the principles of global policy and ethics to a practical organizational dilemma.
- Demonstrate proficiency in ethical executive leadership decision-making.
- Create an organizational strategy and/or innovation that advances the organization in a global market.
- Articulate to internal and external stakeholders, an organizational strategy that addresses organizational development, financial stability and growth, and executive leadership decision-making in a globally diverse and inclusive organization.
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