Workforce and Organizational Development: Human Resource - Training Online

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education
  • Darden College of Education & Professional Studies
  • Department of Educational Leadership & Workforce Development

Businesses need highly-trained professionals to stay competitive. To train their employees, industry leaders need experts in instructional design, delivery, and assessment.

With ODU's online doctoral program, you can prepare for leadership in business, industry, and government training.

Association for Talent Development Standards and the International Society for Performance Improvement Standards are developed through this degree.

When you graduate, you will earn a Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a concentration in Workforce and Organizational Development and an emphasis in Human Resources - Training.

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  • Best Online Human Resources Doctorate, 2022 -

  • Most Affordable Online Doctoral Degrees, 2023 -

    • 60 credit hours minimum

    You will complete core courses in research and workforce and organizational development, electives, an emphasis in human resources training, and a dissertation.

    Two 2-week Summer Institutes at main campus in Norfolk, VA, are required.

  • Attend class online on a regular schedule and access course materials online from any location. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

    This program requires students to attend two 2-week Summer Institutes at ODU's main campus in Norfolk, Virginia.

    • Higher Education Faculty
    • Instructional Designer
    • Human Resource Trainer
    • Corporate Trainer
    • Distance Education Specialist
    • Workforce Developer/Trainer
    • Administrator/Director

    Note for students in Washington State from the Student Achievement Council: "This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for teacher advancement."

  • In-state Virginia Residents
    $620 per credit hour*
    Out-of-state Students
    $642 per credit hour

    Rates are effective Fall 2024 and subject to change.
    * In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program.

Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.

  • To be considered for admission to this PhD in Education program, you will need to:

    • be admitted to ODU as a degree-seeking graduate student
    • have a master's degree in a field related to occupational and technical studies
    • provide GRE scores

    Click here for more application details.

  • You may be able to take up to four courses (12 credit hours) as a non-degree graduate student, before you are accepted into a specific degree program. 

    Please contact us to discuss this option with an expert advisor.