Education Doctorate
in Organizational Leadership with a Specialization in Human Resource Development

HRD opens a world of opportunities

This Practitioner EdD develops your competitive advantage as a vision-driven HRD leader.

The dissertation in practice (DiP) replaces the traditional dissertation

The DiP provides you with an opportunity to effect change at a client organization.

Students engage in building a supportive and caring community with faculty and classmates.

Our students are geographically and culturally diverse and come from multidisciplinary backgrounds.

"The PhD is to understand the world; the EdD is to change the world!" Gordon Kirk

What makes learning at Barry different?

  • 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

Program at a glance

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

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 department chair 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.