PhD Management (Leadership & Organizational Change) (online study)

Walden University

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  • English
Delivery mode: Online
Educational variant: Full-time
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Project type: Open
Educational Form: Academic

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Whether you seek to share your expertise as an educator, a consultant, or a business leader, Waldens ACBSP-accredited Ph.D. in Management program can help you gain the skills you need to reach your professional goals. Examine the influence of management on employees and organizations and learn theories, concepts, and techniques for more effective decision making. Through a choice of specializations, you can prepare to meet the continuing challenges and opportunities that exist within your profession while conducting original research in an area that complements your interests.

Specializations (in addition to the General Program)

  • Accounting
  • Engineering Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Leadership and Organizational Change
  • Learning Management
  • Operations Research
  • Self-Designed

Walden Universitys B.S. in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.), and Ph.D. in Management programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation association that identifies and supports excellence in business education.

This accreditation reaffirms the quality of Waldens programs and support services, as well as our commitment to continuous assessment and improvement. Earning an ACBSP-accredited degree can better prepare you to compete and succeed in the global marketplace. Employers recognize the value of graduates of a program with educational standards modeled on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, used by businesses, government, and other organizations as a measure of quality.


In this specialization, you will examine leading-edge as well as traditional models of leadership and organizational structures. You will study ways to promote effective leadership development, strengthened interpersonal relationships, and successful group and organizational dynamics, all of which can lead to improved performance in organizations. Explore ways to mobilize change and work effectively in cross-cultural environments.

Completion Requirements

  • 102 total credits
    • Foundation course (6 cr.)
    • 3 core Knowledge Area Modules (KAMs I, II, III) (36 cr.)
    • 2 specialized Knowledge Area Modules (KAMs V or VI, and VII) (24 cr.)*
    • Foundation research sequence (12 cr.)
    • Advanced research course (4 cr.)
    • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (20 cr.)
  • Professional Development Plan
  • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 units

*Students may substitute three graduate-level courses or two graduate-level courses and an independent study for KAM VII with the approval of their faculty mentor and the program chair, provided that they complete a minimum of two KAMs.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable


A master’s degree or higher*. Transfer of credits based on a course-by-course evaluation of relevant transcripts.

English Language Requirements

TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 79

Work Experience

At least 3 year(s) of work experience are required.

Three years of related professional or academic experience.

Technological Requirements

Access to a computer and the Internet


Federal Financial Aid

Walden University is certified by the U.S. Department of Education as eligible to participate in a variety of grant and loan programs. Financial aid programs include:


  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
  • TEACH Grants
  • State Grants


  • Federal Direct Loans
  • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans
  • Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans
  • Private Loans

Do you have questions about financial aid? If you haven´t yet applied to Walden, please contact an enrollment advisor.

Funding Options


Walden University is committed to providing broad access to higher education. Our scholarships are an investment in the future of our students and the future of the communities they serve as advocates for positive social change.

Walden offers merit-based scholarships for academic and professional accomplishments. Certain scholarships may be available to international students.


To recognize and encourage the research and social change efforts of current students and faculty, Walden offers competitive fellowships. These fellowships are administered by the Office of the President, not the Office of Financial Aid.

  • Don E. Ackerman Research Fellowship in Educational Leadership
  • Fellowship in Research and Applications for Social Change
  • Research Fellowship in Distance Education

Other potential sources for funding include:

  • Higher Education Professional Development Program
  • Financial Assistance for International Students
  • U.S. Military and Veteran Benefits
  • Nursing Scholarship Resources
  • Monthly Payment Plans

Some states also have grant programs that they permit their state residents to use to use to attend Walden



Walden Universitys Ph.D. in Management program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Among other benefits, ACBSP accreditation provides:

  • Validation that your program meets nationally recognized standards of quality endorsed by businesses, government, and other organizations.
  • Assurance that your program can provide you with the skills you need to compete in todays global marketplace.
  • Recognition by employers, graduate schools, and regulatory organizations.

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