Doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning

The Human and Organizational Learning program offered in Washington, DC 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 sectors including business, health care, military, education, federal agencies, hospitality, social services, IT and manufacturing. Approximately 25% of our students are international students. The multicultural and diverse composition of the student population provides both local and global networking opportunities.

The Human & Organizational Learning curriculum focuses on organizational issues such as strategic change, transformational leadership, individual and group learning processes, organizational development, and global and international issues. In addition to completing the required coursework, students work with an advisor to create an individually designed program around their research interests.

Highlights
    Convenient Schedule: All classes are offered on weeknights - once per week, in 15-week sessions during the fall and spring semesters, allowing for students to continue working full-time while attending graduate school. Weekday evening classes allow for students to apply what they learn in their workplace the next day.

    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.

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

HOL 8700Foundations of Human and Organizational Learning
HOL 8701Theory, Research, and Practice in Adult Learning and Development
HOL 8703Human Systems Change
HOL 8704Leadership Theory, Research, and Practice
HOL 8724Creating and Planning Doctoral Research

Research methods

EDUC 8120Group Comparison Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8122Qualitative Research Methods
HOL 8720Seminar: Applied Research in Human and Organizational Learning
HOL 8722Seminar: Advanced Issues in Human and Organizational Learning
Three credits from the following:
EDUC 8100Experimental Courses
EDUC 8130Survey Research Methods
EDUC 8131Case Study Research Methods
EDUC 8140Ethnographic Research Methods
EDUC 8142Phenomenological Research Methods
EDUC 8144Discourse Analysis
EDUC 8170Educational Measurement
EDUC 8171Predictive Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8172 Multivariate Analysis
EDUC 8173 Structural Equation Modeling
EDUC 8174 Hierarchical Linear Modeling
EDUC 8175 Item Response Theory
EDUC 8177 Assessment Engineering

Electives

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

Dissertation

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

Successful completion of comprehensive exam required
Approved dissertation proposal required

Faculty
Professor
(202) 994-5835
Associate Professor
(571) 553-3763
Associate Professor
(202) 994-7188
Associate Professor
(202) 994-8649
Visiting Assistant Professor
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.

Application

Program Entry: Fall, Summer
Prerequisites: Master's Degree
Campus: Foggy Bottom, Washington, DC Campus

Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (academic and/or professional)
  • Transcripts (unofficial)
  • Standardized Test Scores (GRE or MAT or GMAT)
  • Application Fee

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants.

For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions page.

Transformation Begins Here

Learn more about the Doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning program located on campus (202-994-5860).

In the News

Dr. Maria Cseh and GSEHD doctoral student Oliver Crocco (human and organizational learning) led a group of 12 students to Lisbon, Portugal as part of HOL 6747: International and Multicultural Issues in Organizations. The group visited local and international businesses, learned from important cultural sites, and attended the 18th International Conference on Human Resource Development Across Europe hosted by Universidade Europeia. Dr. Cseh and Mr. Crocco presented on "Global stewardship: The role of human resource development in fostering openness to the other." GSEHD students Stephanie Erwin, Corey Adams, Danielle Tope, Kareem Makhlouf, Alysha Cieniewicz, Leslie Kirsch, and Lisa Stern also presented papers on a variety of topics at the conference.

Dr. Shaista E. Khilji's case entitled Maintaining the "Single Samsung" Spirit: New Challenges in a Changing Environment has made it to Ivey Publishing's May 2017 Best Seller List. She co-authored this case with GSEHD student Chang Hwan Oh and GSEHD alumna Nisha Manikoth (Ed.D., human and organizational learning).

Mari Campuzano, a third year doctoral student in the Human and Organizational Learning program, presented her paper The Under-representation of Minority Women in Sports Management Leadership and the Role of Higher Education: An Intersectional Analysis at the International Leadership Association's 18th annual Global Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Mari Campuzano, GSEHD doctoral student in human and organizational learning, presented her paper Women in Sports Management Leadership: A Research Agenda and Implications for Latin America at the International Leadership Association's (ILA) Topical Conference, "Exploring Leadership in Latin America" held at Universidad del Pacifico in Lima, Peru. Ms. Campuzano received a grant from GW's Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF) for this opportunity.