Doctor of Philosophy in Education / Organizational Leadership
Northcentral University

Program Details

The Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD-Ed) program is suitable for students who want to combine a strong base of theoretical knowledge with an individualized focus to conduct research in and about PK-12, postsecondary and adult learning environments. 

PhDs in Education are found in many different roles in academia, industry and not-for-profit organizations, including educational consultant, academic researcher, policy maker, educational theorist, and faculty member or administrator in a higher education or organizational setting. Students pursuing the PhD in Education have the opportunity to customize and focus their program through their coursework, doctoral research courses and the doctoral dissertation.

The PhD in Education with a specialization in Organizational Leadership at Northcentral University examines theories of leadership roles in education, corporate, government, or community organizations. Throughout this program, you will concentrate on developing skills to forge alliances, build confidence and inspire a shared vision with members of a team. 

The Organizational Leadership PhD curriculum is based on research, and you will explore issues and resolutions in contemporary organizations and the opportunity to contribute new knowledge in the field. As a PhD in Organizational Leadership graduate, you could pursue positions as a college or university professor, work exclusively in research, or work for an organization with an interest in leadership in an organizational setting.


  • Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Education program requires a conferred post-baccalaureate master’s degree and/or doctoral degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution
  • Send your official transcripts from other schools you attended

School Accreditation Statement

NCU is a WSCUC accredited institution. WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).