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Developed in consultation with business, government, education and non-profit constituencies, the Hood College Graduate School’s doctoral program in organizational leadership is designed to prepare leaders to transform their organizations and their communities. Unlike any other doctorate available in the state, this program offers practicing professionals a choice of two avenues to advance their leadership capacity through a terminal degree. Classes are held on the college’s Frederick, Md., campus on a schedule that accommodates working professionals.

Two degrees

The 60-credit, three-year experience leads to a choice of two degrees:

  • Doctorate of Organizational Leadership (DOL) – For those in public and private education, the non-profit sector, training and development, government or military
  • Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) – For those employed in business and industry who hold business and related graduate degrees

Cohort approach

The multidisciplinary program is structured by cohort. Both DOL and DBA candidates advance together through core and research courses. They then begin to differentiate their degree pursuit—DOL or DBA—by specializing in business, psychology and counseling or education courses. Finally, they complete their capstone work.