Education Doctorate in Organizational Studies


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The focus of the professional doctoral program is to develop scholar-practitioners committed to exploring and expanding research related to the practices and processes of organizations. Graduates will deepen their understanding related to leadership and change within organizations. The program will provide practice in organizations and in establishing networks for education, psychology, urban affairs, health and human services.


  • Structured to help you develop your research skills, as well as scholarly relationships with peers, faculty, and organizations in the Dayton region
  • Will prepare you to become a scholar practitioner adept at using systematic inquiry and research skills to advance your work and career
  • Takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of topics, theories, and research often used by successful leaders in a myriad of organizations
  • Offers core courses addressing systems theory, leadership, decision making, personnel issues, external relations, planning, program evaluation, and organizational behavior
  • Learn to develop or enhance your research skills


Graduates will become:

  • Organizational leaders who incorporate their knowledge of organizational and leadership theories into skillful interactions within larger systems (organizational, local, regional, national or global) while enhancing the development of others in surrounding contexts
  • Research practitioners who identify organizational processes, test hypotheses through systematic inquiries, and share the findings through broad-scale oral and written means to expand the knowledge in the field
  • Professional mentors and leaders who build a capacity for and promote a culture of change in their workplace
  • Educational facilitators and problem solvers who develop and inspire diverse and critical thinking, group knowledge-building, and open-ended processes to manage problems that cannot be anticipated and require nonlinear problem solving


The admission deadline for the Fall 2015 cohort is December 1, 2014.

Contact Information

Julia Acosta, Program Coordinator
477 Allyn Hall
(937) 775-2506

Suzanne Franco, Ed.D., Director


Admission Requirements

  • Master's degree in education, leadership, human services or a related field from an accredited university, with a 3.3 cumulative minimum GPA.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores or Millers Analogy Test (MAT) scores at the 50th percentile or above for education or social science majors (not more than 5 years old).
  • Evidence of five years of successful professional management experience, e.g. Project Leader, Assistant Manager, Principal, Education Administration, Classroom Teacher with leadership role, Associate Director and/or Personnel Manager.
  • Proof of basic statistical competence, i.e. course work in the master's degree or work in a profession where statistical competence is required. If evidence is not provided, a basic statistics course may be taken by the student prior to an admission decision.

Admission Process


Apply to Graduate School.




Successfully complete an interview with program faculty.

Questions about the graduate school application?  Contact:

Graduate School
Location: 344 Student Union
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: (937) 775-2976
Fax: (937) 775-2453
Toll-free Number: 1-800-452-4723