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Doctor of Philosophy

Ph.D. Global Leadership & Change

Extended Learning
Ph.D. Global Leadership & Change International

taking the lead in training tomorrow’s global leaders

The Tiffin University Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Change is designed with a curriculum to appreciate the challenges and tremendous opportunities within today’s cross-cultural work environment. Practitioners in leadership roles in today’s business and educational settings have frequently been ignored by the traditional delivery of Ph.D. programs and the extensive residency requirements within these programs. Tiffin University’s program is offered utilizing a flexible format and contains limited residency requirements. The interpersonal approach of faculty engagement allows students to work independently, but never alone. 

Adult professionals are an underserved group in the area of doctoral studies. Working adults who wish to pursue a Ph.D. while continuing their careers will be served by a program that is built with them in mind. While they often work in an environment where knowledge is the new economic currency, they have often been excluded from gaining comprehensive knowledge within higher education. The Tiffin University program will invite students to pursue their Ph.D. studies while working in a management or academic capacity within the business and/or educational environment.

degree completion

Based on variance within the completion of dissertation research, the average completion timing is estimated at 3.5 – 4.5 years. Students have up to six years to successfully defend a dissertation and may petition for a seventh. Based on demonstrated academic ability, students may request to take an additional course during any term. The flexible program will assist students in the balancing of personal, professional and educational needs.

committed to your success

While Ph.D. students typically work independently, the Tiffin University program makes a commitment that our students never work alone. Tiffin University employs three full-time librarians, with one designated specifically as the eLibrarian, from ALA-accredited institutions who support our library resources and services. These librarians are available through email, text, chat and one-on-one appointments to support student needs. They also work to provide course supplements, research guides and weekly research webinars. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor and the graduate advising department assigns a second advisor. Annual academic progress letters are sent to each student to review their progress and develop planning for each new year. Faculty and staff are responsive and actively engaged in student success and achievement.

Admission requirements

Both the GRE and MAT testing was developed to assist in graduate level program admission consideration. Based on the post-graduate nature of the Tiffin University Ph.D. in Global Leadership program, no standardized testing is required. Other criteria and submission elements are evaluated for admission decisions. Up to 12 credit hours may be transferred in to the program for faster completion.

residency requirements

Residencies are two-day gatherings of active Ph.D. students on the Tiffin University campus. Students will be required to attend three residency events as a degree requirement. The third residency involves the development and submission of a paper or presentation proposal for an academic conference, under the direction of a faculty member. Students will be required to attend the conference of submission regardless of final status of the submission. Ph.D. faculty members will attend these conferences and assist in student engagement related to the conference activities.

potential residency activities
  • Keynote speakers from leading authors of global leadership theory research
  • New student orientation that will address Moodle and class scheduling, a Q & A session and a discussion on potential student difficulties, etc.
  • Library database access and advance academic database research strategies
  • Program policies and process (scheduling, annual academic process, etc.)
  • Basic research terminology and design element review
  • Strategies for Ph.D. level coursework and program completion
  • Specific qualitative or quantitative research seminars for advance training
  • Conference presentation and scholarly publishing training for Ph.D. students
  • Faculty networking
  • Research interest breakout sessions with faculty and development of individual student dissertation topics
  • Upcoming opportunities for conference participation
  • Mock dissertation defense and an actual “live” dissertation defense as program develops
graduation requirements
  • Complete a minimum of 60 doctoral credit hours of coursework
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and a grade of B or higher in all program coursework
  • Completion of all three residency requirements
  • Successful defense of dissertation

Information needed for application:

  1. Official master’s transcript
  2. Admissions essay/statement of purpose (1500 words)
  3. Professional resume or CV
  4. Minimum of 3 professional letters of recommendation

Once Essay is received, applicants schedule a Zoom interview.

After all documents are submitted and the Zoom interview is completed, the student’s file is sent to the remaining PhD admissions committee members for review.

Once all committee members have submitted a decision, the Assistant Director performs operations functions to admit students and release admit letters.

Contact Us

For more information and to begin the application process, please contact Nick Bollinger at


The curriculum design for the Tiffin University Ph.D. Global Leadership and Change program features important components of global leadership and specific dissertation skillset elements. The curriculum is developed within a “scaffolding” approach to course content that ensures student development of specific dissertation abilities that will be utilized by students when completing their dissertation (total 60 hours).


Leadership and Change Theory and Practice (GLC 710) – The course focuses on global leadership and change theory and knowledge that is relevant to leadership practice. The course presents leadership and management theories/concepts that have emerged over the past several decades within the global environment. It provides students the opportunity to apply these theories through case analysis and to enhance personal skill development through self-assessment exercises. Included in the course are identification of current leaders and leadership as well as contemporary global perspectives on change, ethics, networking, coaching, organizational culture, diversity, learning organizations, strategic leadership and crisis leadership. Theories and applications of knowledge of cross-cultural behaviors in the organizational setting include individual, group and institution processes.

Qualitative Research Methods (RES 720) – The purpose of this course is to compare qualitative research methods to quantitative research. The student will demonstrate how qualitative research must and can be conducted with the same intellectual and methodological rigor as is quantitative research. Qualitative research content will feature solid epistemological and theoretical foundations in philosophy (phenomenology, hermeneutics) composed of various schools of thought, notably grounded theory and ethnomethodology. It leads to very concrete research methods, such as various forms of interviews, participant observation methods, case studies, focus groups and more. Actual case studies will be used in the course.


Offered in a session format with start dates of January and August.

International online Ph.D. students may live on or near campus and use on-campus resources. All travel arrangements and expenses will be the student’s responsibility.
what is global leadership and change?

Global leadership and change refers to the processes and actions by which an individual influences a variety of internal and external components and people from multiple national cultures and geographic locations. Global leadership and change involves substantial levels of responsibilities as well as an understanding of how to manage complex relationships.

what is a ph.d. in global leadership and change?

A Ph.D. in global leadership and change is designed with a curriculum that prepares students for the challenges and tremendous opportunities within today’s cross-cultural work environment.

what is can i do with a degree in global leadership and change?

With a degree in global leadership and change, you will be qualified for a variety of global career opportunities, including academic dean, business consultant, chief academic officer, c-level executive, curriculum specialist, entrepreneurial business owner, human resources director, leadership/executive coach, learning & development director, military leadership, nonprofit director, organizational consultant, policy director, private equity fund researcher, program coordinator, research manager, university administrator, university faculty and more.

“The Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Change provides practitioners in a variety of disciplines the skillsets and tools that are necessary to make an impact in their communities. Throughout the program I felt supported, challenged, and grew enormously.”

Dr. Kathryn Vogel
Assistant Director of Global Regional Programs