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Education Doctorate (EdD) In Organizational Learning and Leadership with a Specialization in Human Resource Development

At Barry University you can achieve an EdD in the field of Human Resource Development (HRD). This Practitioner Doctoral program advances lifelong learning for students who want to further their knowledge in HRD as well as develop their competitive advantage as a vision-driven leader.Through the capstone project, our students can have a field-based action learning opportunity to analyze problems of practice and develop meaningful solutions. The capstone project report is a study of action research that offers professional development during your studies and replaces the traditional dissertation.Working individually and in conjunction with faculty and classmates, students engage in building a supportive and caring community. Our students are geographically and culturally diverse and come from multidisciplinary backgrounds.

What makes learning at Barry Different?

  • Collaborative environment
  • Individualized Coaching
  • Caring Professors
  • Evening Classes
  • Small Class Size
  • Capstone Project

Program at a glance

  • Leadership Courses – 12 credits
  • HRD Specialization Courses-15 credits
  • Research Courses -9 credits
  • HRD Electives – 12 credits
  • Capstone Project – 6+credits
  • Evening Classes
  • Supportive & caring community
  • Academic and career coaching

You are Invited

Jean Mcatavey

Take this opportunity to see what a Doctoral level class in HRD is like at Barry University. Meet other students in the program, and ask your future academic advisor questions all in one night! Attend a graduate class taught by Program Coordinator Dr. Jean McAtavey. Contact Dr. McAtavey to visit a class at

Dr. David M. Kopp with Shaquille O'Neal

Dr. David M. Kopp, Associate Dean, with Shaquille O'Neal after presenting his doctoral capstone project on April 21. Shaquille O'Neal received his EdD in Human Resource Development on May 5, 2012 at Barry's Commencement Ceremony. Hear more about Dr. O’Neal’s experience in the program.

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