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Credit Hours 69
Virginia Science and Technology Campus
Ashburn, VA
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Admission Deadline(s)
SUMMERMarch 1 
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Executive Leadership

Doctor of Education in Human and Organizational Learning

The Executive Leadership Program is for professionals who seek to deeply enhance their knowledge and skills in the areas of leadership, learning, team development, change management, organizational learning and organizational development. Our doctoral program focuses on the interrelationships among people, organizations and learning, while utilizing systemic change processes. The program encourages the learner to challenge assumptions through critical reflection, and fosters group and self-directed learning.

Our Learning Community: No two students in our ELP program are alike. Lifelong learners range in age from 30 to 70 years old and come from across the country and around the world. Our students come from a variety of professions including business, health care, military, education, federal agencies, IT and manufacturing. Our scholar-practitioners also have a variety of academic backgrounds with degrees in fields such as engineering, psychology, health and medical sciences, the humanities and business. This diverse population enriches the learning experience for fellow students and provides both local and global networking opportunities.

A Schedule Convenient for You: ELP admits a new cohort each summer. All classes are offered on one Friday-Saturday weekend per month, enabling students to continue working full-time while pursuing their degree. Additionally, each summer consists of a 4-6 day residency. Coursework is completed in two and a half years. Completion of the dissertation is variable and depends on the topic and depth of study.

Our Cohort Format: Each cohort consists of 20 to 25 students, each of whom typically has five years of experience at the senior or executive level. The cohort format provides ELP students with a collective learning experience unique to doctoral programs. Individuals are afforded the opportunity to express talents and interests, discover new ones and develop both as individuals and as a team as the cohort advances through the curriculum. The program provides a number of resources that foster community building including an email listserv for current students and alum, a monthly newsletter highlighting accomplishments of faculty, students and alumni, seminars, guest speakers, and social events.