The PhD in Learning, Leadership, and Organization Development (LLOD) is a leading-edge program, recognized for its leadership in the disciplines of adult learning, leadership, and organization development.

Degree Type: Doctoral

Degree Program Code: PHD_LLOD

Degree Program Summary:

The mission of the Learning, Leadership, and Organization Development (LLOD) PhD program mirrors the three-fold mission of The University of Georgia – to teach, to research, and to serve. What makes the program’s mission unique is the central idea– “We develop leaders and scholars with deep knowledge of learning and change so they can transform their worlds.”

Offered through the College of Education, the University of Georgia’s Department of Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy (LEAP) offers qualified students the ability to earn a PhD degree in Learning, Leadership, and Organization Development. The PhD in LLOD program is designed to prepare students for leadership and research careers related to the learning, leadership, and organization development. All phases of the program, from advisement to dissertation, encourage and support the development of advanced knowledge and skills for conducting research and analyzing and reporting findings. The program provides coursework as well as experiential opportunities for students to deeply develop their capacities for critical thinking, reflexivity, inquiry and research, and as related to a specific area of specialization (topic focus).

Deadline to apply: January 15th (every year)

Program Highlights:

  • Develop scholars of adult learning, leadership & organization development
  • Grow research capabilities across methodological philosophies and research methods
  • Scaffold dissertation research through faculty mentoring and specialized courses that develop scholar capacity
  • Learn with and from world renowned scholars in the disciplines, of adult learning (including transformative learning, informal and incidental learning, generative learning), adult development, leadership, feminist pedagogy, coaching, human resource development, organizational development, organizational learning, knowledge management, and engagement scholarship.

Locations Offered:

Athens (Main Campus)

College / School:

Mary Frances Early College of Education

110 Carlton Street
Athens, GA 30602



Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy

Graduate Coordinator(s):

View Degree Program Website

Unlocking potential. Building futures.

Apply Today