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.
- Convenient Schedule: All classes are offered on weeknights - once per week, in 15-week sessions during the Summer and Fall 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.
A minimum of 60 credits for students as well as and successful completion of a comprehensive examination.
Main Campus Program
HOL 8700 Foundations of Human and Organizational Learning
HOL 8701 Theory, Research, and Practice in Adult Learning and Development
HOL 8703 Human Systems Change
HOL 8704 Leadership Theory, Research, and Practice
HOL 8720 Seminar: Applied Research in Human and Organizational Learning
HOL 8722 Seminar: Advanced Issues in Human and Organizational Learning
HOL 8724 Creating and Planning Doctoral Research
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
EDUC 8172 Multivariate Analysis
EDUC 8173 Structural Equation Modeling
EDUC 8174 Hierarchical Linear Modeling
EDUC 8175 Item Response Theory
EDUC 8177 Assessment Engineering
15 credits in elective courses selected in consultation with advisor
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
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.
Program Entry: Fall, Summer
Prerequisites: Master's Degree
Campus: Foggy Bottom, Washington, DC Campus
- Online Application
- Statement of Purpose
- 2 Letters of Recommendation (academic and/or professional)
- Transcripts (unofficial)
- Application Fee
Applications are currently being accepted for the Fall 2022 start term. The final deadline to apply is June 15th. If you have questions about submitting your application, please contact our Admission Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 202.994.9283.
|Casey, Andrea||Associate Professor, Human and Organizational Learning|
|Cseh, Maria||Associate Professor, Human and Organizational Learning|
|Goldman, Ellen F.||Professor, Human and Organizational Learning|
|Khilji, Shaista E.||Professor, Human and Organizational Learning|
|Korte, Russell||Associate Professor, Human and Organizational Learning|
|Nakamura, Yoshie Tomozumi||Assistant Professor, Human and Organizational Learning|
|Ray, Sarah M.||Assistant Professor, Human and Organizational Learning|
|Scully-Russ, Ellen||Associate Professor, Human and Organizational Learning|
|Storberg-Walker, Julia||Associate Professor, Human and Organizational Learning|
Transformation Begins Here
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