Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Development and Leadership

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Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Development and Leadership




Program disclosures for Denver Campus
Program disclosures for Online

This program is not intended to lead to certification or licensure.^

Managers analyze problems. Leaders solve them. Earn your Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Organizational Development and Leadership from University of the Rockies and discover how to solve problems in any organization. 

Degree Objective

This doctoral degree is the culmination of graduate studies in leadership and organization. It demonstrates your ability to assess organizations by relying on research and evidence. Anticipate the impact of strategic initiatives and organizational change. You will also evaluate diversity in organizations as a competitive advantage. Plus, you will create your own development solutions and evaluate them based on human performance technology. Finally, demonstrate your expertise by writing your dissertation.

Your coursework includes discovery and applications in areas such as:

  • Performance management
  • Organizational change
  • Global organizations
  • Employee and team motivation
  • Training and development
  • Management and leadership
  • Teams in organizations
  • Organizational systems and dynamics
  • Executive coaching
  • Research in organizations
  • Human resource management
  • Ethics
  • Assessment and measurement
  • Diversity

Career Opportunities

  • Strategic organizational consulting
  • Management consulting practice
  • College and university teaching
  • Senior management in human resources
  • Organizational development
  • Executive coaching
  • Corporate training
  • Leadership development
  • Operations management
  • Organizational research
  • High-potential succession planning
  • Organization planning
  • Municipal employee entrance testing 

Graduation Requirements

To fulfill the requirements for the PhD in Organizational Development and Leadership, you must successfully:

  • Complete program coursework of 62 credits;
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00;
  • Complete three non-credit In-Residence Workshops** (online students); and
  • Complete Dissertation requirements***.

Note: The date of degree conferral recorded on the student's transcript and diploma will reflect the date the student completes all degree requirements. However, release of transcripts, diplomas, and verifications for degrees awarded are contingent upon submission of an electronic version of the Dissertation for binding, the Petition to Graduate form, payment of the graduation fee, and payment of any outstanding balances with the University.

** For the PhD in Organizational Development and Leadership, you are required to attend three In-Residence weekend workshops in Denver, CO. Please refer to these Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the In-Residence Workshop requirement.

*** As a requirement for graduation from University of the Rockies with a degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), each student must complete and successfully defend a dissertation. The purpose of the Dissertation is to ensure that the student has mastered the ability to pursue a systematic investigation, which examines significant issues or problems in applied psychology. The Dissertation requirement is also designed to contribute to the student's knowledge, skills, and research expertise in psychology. Students choose a topic that addresses carefully chosen research questions that the student then investigates with quantitative or qualitative research, with a meta-analysis, or with a program design or program evaluation. Prerequisites, timelines for completion, and attendance requirements for Dissertation, as well as a detailed explanation of each step in the process, are described in the Dissertation Handbook.

Online Schedule

Your course schedule is flexible. Take online courses one at a time. Online courses are offered in an accelerated six-week format and can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Dissertation courses are nine weeks in length.


Your faculty members all have earned doctorates and have recent experience practicing what they teach. At University of the Rockies, both the theory and its practical application are taught. Your instructors will enliven your discussions and enhance your feedback with real-world lessons from their workplace experience.

^ Licensure Information


This program of study does not meet, nor is intended to meet, the requirements for professional licensure in the State of Colorado. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Organizational Development and Leadership program is not a licensure program.


The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Organizational Development and Leadership program is not a licensure program. The University of the Rockies cannot confirm whether its courses or programs meet requirements for professional licensure in your state. For information regarding professional licensure requirements in your state, you should contact the applicable licensing board or agency in your state and determine whether the program meets requirements for licensure in the state where you reside.

Additional information will be provided to you when you contact the school and during your first term in your program of study.

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