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Doctor of Education in Mental Health Leadership (online)

This program is designed for master's level practitioners seeking to develop clinical management and leadership knowledge and skills.

Step into the forefront of mental health leadership with USC Rossier’s MHL online program. Our faculty, experienced in navigating the complexities of mental health services in various settings, guide students through a transformative educational journey. With a focus on developing versatile leaders, our program prepares graduates to excel in both established and newly developed mental health programs.



Program Overview

The Doctor of Education in Mental Health Leadership online (MHL online) program equips professionals with the necessary knowledge, skills and awareness to effectively manage mental health organizations while addressing systemic challenges contributing to practitioner shortages. Through specialized training in organizational leadership, the program focuses on elevating the delivery of mental health services and offers a flexible, online doctoral degree option tailored to the needs of busy working professionals. Graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in integrated leadership, strategically evaluate program activities and champion social justice principles in leadership roles. They will master the art of fostering holistic program development and designing initiatives that promote positive mental health outcomes across diverse populations while addressing


Graduates of the MHL online program emerge as leaders and catalysts for change in mental health care systems. Drawing on USC's renowned expertise, the curriculum seamlessly integrates theory and practice to equip students with the tools needed to address systemic challenges, supervise and teach the next generation of mental health practitioners, and create lasting infrastructure for innovative mental health services. With a commitment to social justice and evidence-based practice, our program empowers professionals to make a lasting impact in their communities.

Virtual/Online Learning Environment

Experience a vibrant online learning community designed to foster collaboration and engagement through the MHL online program. Our interactive platform enables students to connect with peers and faculty, participate in discussions and access course materials from anywhere in the world. Through virtual classroom sessions, students receive a rich educational experience in a community-building cohort model that prepares them for success in today's digital world.

Financial Aid

The USC Financial Aid Office provides information regarding various types of financial aid and financing options.

To be considered for financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). After you apply, the financial aid office will determine your financial need and inform you of the federal or private loans that are available to you.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates are poised to pursue a variety of impactful roles in the field of mental health and human services delivery. Armed with an evidence-based approach and a commitment to social justice, alumni are prepared to make significant contributions in diverse organizational settings. Potential career paths include:

  • Mental health directors: Graduates may assume leadership positions within mental health organizations, overseeing the development and implementation of therapeutic services and programs.  
  • Clinical supervisors: With a strong emphasis on leadership and program development, alumni are well-equipped to provide supervision and guidance to mental health practitioners, ensuring the delivery of high-quality care. 
  • Educators: Graduates may choose to pursue careers in academia, teaching and mentoring future generations of mental health professionals. They may also develop and deliver training programs to enhance the skills of current practitioners. 
  • Researchers: Alumni may engage in research activities aimed at advancing knowledge and understanding in the field of mental health leadership. They may conduct studies to inform best practices and contribute to the evidence base supporting effective service delivery. 
  • Consultants: With expertise in leadership, program development and evaluation, graduates may offer consultation services to organizations seeking to improve their mental health programs and services. They may provide guidance on strategy, implementation and quality improvement initiatives. 

Overall, the Doctor of Education in Mental Health Leadership online program prepares graduates for a wide range of roles aimed at improving mental health outcomes and addressing systemic inequities. Whether working in direct service provision, education, research or consulting, alumni are empowered to lead with integrity, compassion and a commitment to social justice.

Program Details

Degree Awarded

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Estimated Length

Full-time: 3 years



Program Cost

$2,354 per unit (estimated)

Estimated cost of attendance


  • Online

Next Deadline

The application for the program is currently closed and will reopen on August 1, 2024

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Start Date

August 25, 2025

Class Times

Thursdays, 5pm (PT)

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Program Contact

Aiddee Tellez, Assistant Director of Admission and Scholarships

Aiddee Tellez, M.Ed.

Assistant Director, Office of Admission and Scholarships

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