Impact organizational innovation across 
commercial, public, and social contexts.  

Impact organizational innovation across
commercial, public, and social contexts.  

Organizational Leadership Required Courses

The Online Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Organizational Leadership program is a 55 credit hour program that can be completed in as few as 3 years. The curriculum is designed to create stronger, well-rounded leaders through courses that cover subject matters ranging from communication strategies, to innovative leadership, to analyzing and interpreting research with the ability to understand findings within an ethical context. The program follows a scholar-practitioner model, incorporating real-world scenarios in which students can apply learnings directly to their current and future careers.

Requisite Coursework 

Applicants are expected to have adequate coursework in the areas listed below. Applicants who did not graduate from Adler University’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership or an equivalent program will be assessed to determine whether they have adequate coursework in the following master’s-level course areas, with a letter grade of B or better. Students who have not completed prerequisite coursework will need to complete additional master’s-level courses within the first two course periods of the doctoral program.

  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Research Methods (3 credits)
  • Leadership & Management Philosophies (3 credits)
  • Organizational Culture & Design (3 credits)

Core Coursework

  • Contemporary Perspectives in Organizational Leadership Theory (3 credits)
  • Followership (3 credits)
  • Advanced Group Dynamics (3 credits)
  • Organizational Culture and Climate (3 credits)
  • Advanced Leadership Communication Strategies (3 credits)
  • Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues (3 credits)
  • Diversity and Inclusion (3 credits)
  • Leading Innovation (3 credits)
  • Advanced Research Methods & Design: Qualitative Methods (3 credits)
  • Advanced Research Methods: Quantitative Methods (3 credits)
  • Analyzing & Interpreting Research (3 credits)
  • Socially Responsible Practice Seminar (1 credits)
  • Social Justice Practicum I-IV (2 credits)


  • Advanced Performance Management & Feedback (3 credits)
  • Advanced Consulting Skills (3 credits)
  • Business & Government Policy (3 credits)
  • Advocacy Strategy & Tactics for Social Change (3 credits)
  • Human Resources Management (3 credits)
  • Building Agility and Resilience (3 credits)
  • Leadership Assessment & Feedback Coaching (3 credits)
  • Systems Thinking (3 credits)
  • Leading High Impact Teams (3 credits)
  • Innovation Process (3 credits)
  • Entrepreneurship (3 credits)

Comprehensive Exam

Doctoral Dissertation

Social Justice Practicum

The Social Justice Practicum (SJP) is a first-year, non-clinical and non-discipline specific experiential practicum that begins in the second course period of the student’s program. Students gain the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to utilize collective power and social justice strategies to build a more equitable society. The SJP is designed to help students learn how to work alongside different communities as agents of social change; and serves as the catalyst for students to realize and understand their own strengths and responsibility to contribute to social equity. The SJP unites our academic institution and larger communities, which is an anchor of student learning at Adler University. This experiential learning process includes attending monthly workshops to explore civics, intersectionality, and community organizing and completing a practicum at community-based organizations to work on projects that will strengthen the social justice missions of our community partner members. Click here to learn more about the Social Justice Practicum.