Online Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership & Organizational Innovation

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Create Real Change with a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.)

Transform as a leader who initiates and inspires change across diverse settings with Marymount University’s online Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Innovation. Aligned with best practices and insights from influential thought leaders, our Ed.D. equips you to drive positive change and greater outcomes in schools, communities, government, healthcare, and public and private organizations.

Earning an Ed.D. can help you reach the highest levels of your career, giving you a modern framework to generate, transform and apply professional knowledge and leadership practices that lead to actionable solutions. 

Why Marymount?

Our fully online doctoral program is distinguished as a member of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) — giving you convenient access to quality and practical coursework that can advance your career, without putting it on hold. 

The online doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Organizational Innovation is:

  • Accelerated: New cohorts begin each fall and spring. It is possible to complete 48 credit hours needed to graduate in less than three years (8 consecutive semesters). 
  • Renowned: Marymount is nationally recognized as a College of Distinction for Education and Business, where students are encouraged to “Learn with Purpose.”
  • Connected: Build connections with innovative, experienced, and supportive educators in the nation’s capital, home to the most educated workforce in the country.*

*Ranking America's Most Educated Cities, Bloomberg

What are the Admissions Requirements? 

All applicants must have completed a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, as well as three years of work experience relevant to their professional goals. There is no GRE/GMAT required.

To apply, you must complete an interview with a member of the Ed.D. faculty and submit:

  • Transcripts with a minimum GPA of 2.75 
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • A personal essay


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Program Features

  • Recognized as a College of Distinction for Education and Business
  • Eight consecutive semesters to complete
  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Best college for veterans
  • Accredited by the SACSCOC
Online Ed.D. Program Curriculum Snapshot

For a complete list of courses and course descriptions, access your comprehensive digital program guide.


Next application deadline:

  • Spring 2023:

    December 2, 2022

Next start date:

  • Spring 2023:
    January 9, 2023

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