Doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning

Overview

The program is designed to provide professionals with a foundation in relevant theories, concepts, and practices towards facilitating change initiatives and in becoming more effective leaders and decision-makers. Our students come from a variety of professions including business, health care, military, education, federal agencies, IT and manufacturing and 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.

The Foggy Bottom campus in Washington, D.C. offers evening classes for working professionals. The curriculum focuses on organizational issues such as strategic change, transformational leadership, individual and group learning processes, organizational development, global and international issues, the humane organization, virtual organizations, meaning of work, and self-directed learning. In addition to completing the required coursework, students work with an advisor to create an individually designed program around the student's area of interest. All classes at the Foggy Bottom campus are offered on weeknights. 

The Virginia Science & Technology campus in Ashburn, Virgina, is home to a doctoral cohort 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.  All classes at the Virginia Science & Technology campus are offered on one Friday-Saturday weekend per month, enabling students to continue working full-time while pursuing their degree.

Highlights
  • Applied Leadership: Weekday evening classes allow for students to apply what they learn in their workplace the next day. Students include managers, consultants, HR professionals, and self-employed business owners from leading organizations of varying size and type. They also bring a variety of educational backgrounds, with degrees in fields such as business, education, health and medical sciences, engineering, and technology.
  • Customized Plan of Study: The format is tailored to meet individual needs, allowing students to develop a personal plan of study. Students choose elective courses to create an individually designed program around their area of interest with options in organizational development and change; individual and collective learning processes; or, global HOL. Electives may include some courses within other departments at GW or within the Washington Metropolitan Area Consortium of Universities.
  • Optimizing Personal and Organizational Growth:The multidisciplinary approach to organizational studies draws on the fields of management, sociology, psychology, anthropology and education. The program focuses on increasing the learning capacity of individuals, teams, and organizations to optimize organizational growth and effectiveness.
  • Curriculum

    A minimum of 69 credits for students at the main campus location and 72 credits for students in the Executive Leadership program as well as and successful completion of a comprehensive examination.

    Main Campus Program

    Core Courses

    EDUC 8110 Advanced Study: Ideas, Issues, and Practices in Education
    HOL 8700 Foundations of Human and Organizational Learning
    HOL 8701 Theory, Research, and Practice in Adult Learning and Development
    HOL 8702 Theory and Design of Organizational Diagnosis and Development
    HOL 8703 Human Systems Change
    HOL 8704 Leadership Theory, Research, and Practice
    HOL 8706 Interdisciplinary Readings in Human and Organizational Learning

    Research methods

    EDUC 8120 Group Comparison Designs and Analyses
    EDUC 8122 Qualitative Research Methods
    HOL 8720 Seminar: Applied Research in Human and Organizational Learning
    HOL 8722 Seminar: Advanced Issues in Human and Organizational Learning
    Three credits from the following:
    EDUC 8100 Experimental Courses
    EDUC 8130 Survey Research Methods
    EDUC 8131 Case Study Research Methods
    EDUC 8140 Ethnographic Research Methods
    EDUC 8142 Phenomenological Research Methods
    EDUC 8144 Discourse Analysis
    EDUC 8170 Educational Measurement
    EDUC 8171 Predictive Designs and Analyses
    EDUC 8173 Structural Equation Modeling

    Electives

    18 credits from the following selected in consultation with advisor
    HOL 6100 Special Workshop
    HOL 6707 Organizational Learning
    HOL 6721 Assessing the Impact of Organizational Change
    HOL 6724 Increasing the Capacity to Learn
    HOL 6743 Action Learning
    HOL 6744 Meaningful Workplaces
    HOL 6746 Work Groups and Teams in Organizations
    HOL 6747 International and Multicultural Issues in Organizations
    HOL 8101 Research and Independent Study
    HOL 8721 Practicum in Human and Organizational Learning
    HOL 8742 Work, Identity, and Adult Development

    Dissertation

    HOL 8998 Predissertation Seminar
    HOL 8999 Dissertation Research (minimum 12 credits needed to complete requirement)

    Successful completion of comprehensive exam required
    Approved dissertation proposal required

    Executive Leadership Program

    Core Courses

    EDUC 8110 Advanced Study: Ideas, Issues, and Practices in Education
    HOL 8100 Special Topics in Human and Organizational Learning - Doctoral Studies (taken for 9 credits)
    HOL 8700 Foundations of Human and Organizational Learning
    HOL 8701 Theory, Research, and Practice in Adult Learning and Development
    HOL 8702 Theory and Design of Organizational Diagnosis and Development
    HOL 8703 Human Systems Change
    HOL 8704 Leadership Theory, Research, and Practice
    HOL 8706 Interdisciplinary Readings in Human and Organizational Learning
    HOL 8720 Seminar: Applied Research in Human and Organizational Learning
    HOL 8721 Practicum in Human and Organizational Learning (taken for 9 credits)
    HOL 8722 Seminar: Advanced Issues in Human and Organizational Learning

    Research methods

    EDUC 8120 Group Comparison Designs and Analyses
    EDUC 8122 Qualitative Research Methods
    Three credits from the following:
    EDUC 8100 Experimental Courses
    EDUC 8130 Survey Research Methods
    EDUC 8131 Case Study Research Methods
    EDUC 8140 Ethnographic Research Methods
    EDUC 8142 Phenomenological Research Methods
    EDUC 8144 Discourse Analysis
    EDUC 8170 Educational Measurement
    EDUC 8171 Predictive Designs and Analyses

    Electives

    3 credits selected in consultation with advisor

    Dissertation

    HOL 8998 Predissertation Seminar
    HOL 8999 Dissertation Research (minimum 12 credits needed to complete requirement)

    Successful completion of comprehensive exam required
    Approved dissertation proposal required

    Faculty
    Professor
    (571) 553-3761
    Associate Professor
    (571) 553-3763
    Associate Professor
    (202) 994-7188
    Associate Professor
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    Associate Professor
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    Professor
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    Professor
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    Professor
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    Associate Professor
    571-553-3786
    Associate Professor
    571-553-3787
    Career Outlook

    Opportunities

    Students graduate from the program prepared to lead in multiple settings. Our recent graduates include:

  • Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Capitol One
  • Chief of Civilian Talent Development , US Army
  • VP Global Learning & Leadership, Marriott
  • Chief Learning Officer, Deloitte
  • Director, Leadership Coaching, Center of Excellence
  • Instructional Design Leader, IBM
  • Leadership Instructor, US Air Force
  • Find challenges solved with innovation and well executed strategy, and you will find a GSEHD HOL leader.

    In the News

    The paper Organizational practices to develop strategic thinking, published in Journal of Strategy and Management 2015 Vol 8 2 by Dr. Ellen Goldman, HOL doctoral student Andrea Scott and recent HOL graduate Dr. Joseph Follman, was selected by the journal's editorial team as the Outstanding Paper in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.