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

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

Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership

  • Educate others in academic and industry-specific settings
  • Link learnings from program curriculum to experiences in the workplace and within the community
  • Excel as a thought leader in a variety of institutional settings, including universities, industry and government, the nonprofit sector, and business incubators

Adler University’s Online Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Organizational Leadership program trains students to be scholar-practitioners with the ability to conduct high-quality research on organizational leadership, development, and innovation.

Students of the program will gain the ability to impact organizational and system transformation as well as drive innovation across commercial, public, and social contexts. Solution-building for complex social challenges will be explored in addition to gaining an understanding of socially conscious organizational leadership and how to critically analyze research and data for the strategic and ethical implementation of organizational or societal initiatives.

Additionally, the program focuses on entrepreneurship and innovative leadership, and provides students with innovative, organizational leadership practices that can be applied across a wide range of professional settings.

This 55 credit-hour program includes 34 hours of core coursework, and can be completed in as few as three years of full-time study.


Graduates of the program are prepared to become innovative leaders in both academic and professional settings. They will emerge with the skills to create engagement and empowerment, and to understand how to best support teams and other leaders. Careers can include:

  • Management Consultant
  • Organizational Development Consultant
  • Leadership and Management Coaching
  • Chief of Staff
  • Executive Administrator
  • Vice President of Human Resources
  • Vice Presidents / C-Suite Positions

Professional Development & Training

The Social Justice Practicum is an anchor of student learning at Adler University. You’ll gain real-world experience working alongside a partner organization to advance social change in the community. This experiential learning process includes participating in online modules that explore civics, intersectionality, and community organizing and then completing projects that strengthen the social justice missions of our community partners.

Format & Support

Our fully online program is designed with working professionals in mind and can be completed on your timeline from anywhere in the world. All the while, you will receive the academic rigor and personalized attention that has characterized Adler University for more than 65 years.

Our program environment is characterized by Adlerian encouragement, empathy, and genuine care, with the expressed purpose of supporting the personal and professional growth of each of our students based on their interests and professional focus.

Upon graduation, you will become a member of the University’s Alumni Association, which along with our Office of Alumni Affairs, provides extensive ongoing networking and professional development opportunities.