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Doctor of Philosophy

Ph.D. Global Leadership & Change

Ph.D. Global Leadership & Change

taking the lead in training tomorrow’s global leaders

To be a successful leader, you need a global perspective that works within all cultural contexts. Tiffin University’s Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Change is designed with a curriculum that focuses on the challenges and tremendous opportunities within today’s complex, cross-cultural work environments. Offered in a convenient online format with limited residency requirements, our program is built for the busy working professional who wishes to pursue a Ph.D. Ready to thrive in today’s fast-changing, interconnected environment? Acquire the global awareness and skills you’ll need to become a visionary leader and agent of change.  

Adult professionals are an underserved group in the area of doctoral studies. Tiffin University’s Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Change is designed for working adults who wish to pursue a Ph.D. while continuing their careers within their business or educational setting.

degree completion

The average completion time of the Ph.D. program is estimated at 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 years. You’ll have up to six years to successfully defend a dissertation and may petition for a seventh. Based on demonstrated academic ability, you may request to take an additional course during any term. The online program will assist you 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 deep commitment that our students never work alone. Our professional library services are fully engaged with each Ph.D. student and always available through email, text, chat and one-on-one appointments to support your needs, as well as provide course supplements, research guides and weekly research webinars.

Each Ph.D. student is assigned a faculty advisor and the graduate advising department assigns a second advisor. Annual academic progress letters are sent to you to review your progress and develop planning for each new year. Faculty and staff are responsive and actively engaged in your success and achievement.

Admission requirements

A master’s degree or a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate level coursework is required. Based on the post-graduate nature of the Tiffin University Ph.D. program, no standardized testing is required. Other criteria and submission elements are evaluated for admission decisions.

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.

Demystifying the Residency and Dissertation

potential residency activities
  • New student orientation that will address Moodle and class scheduling, a Q & A session, a discussion on potential student difficulties and more
  • Library database access and advance academic database research strategies
  • Program policies and process such as scheduling, annual academic process and more
  • 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
  • Keynote speakers – leading authors of global leadership theory research
  • 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
  • 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


  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.

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As we experience global and social change within personal and professional environments, the Tiffin University Global Leadership and Change program examines two essential questions:

  • How can we help individuals and organizations navigate the stages of global change and develop an understanding of cultural uniqueness?
  • How can we provide special attention to individuals who are struggling with change?

The program will explore, identify and examine innovation and change strategies to prepare students to become strong leaders in the global context. Key elements of the curriculum include globalization, individual and group behaviors, organizational cultural and change, systems thinking, innovation, cross-cultural communication and social responsibility.

Students graduate with well-developed skills in global leadership, critical thinking, academic writing, and qualitative and quantitative research method understanding and application.

Each professor within the program is a recognized content expert within the course that they teach. Within the curriculum, faculty will assist you in the examination and implementation of the skills necessary to write and publish professional papers for international conferences. As the culminating project, you (while being mentored by your professor) will write and prepare a non-empirical paper for submission to a peer reviewed conference, hopefully launching your academic publishing career.


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.

Academic Writing (RES 710) – This course will develop the skills needed to successfully write in the academic environment. The student will learn to do research and develop ideas that are supported by the existing academic literature. The purpose will be for the student to learn how to convey evidence-based meaning concerning complex ideas or concepts in the areas of global leadership and change. Emphasis will be in the format of academic writing, including use of the third-person perspective, a clear focus on the research problem under investigation and precise word choice. It will also emphasize the application of APA format to the academic writing process.

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.

Quantitative Research Methods (RES 722) – This course requires students to become familiar with the characteristics, language and logic of qualitative research. The emphasis will be on the appropriate selection, application and interpretation of both parametric and non-parametric hypothesis tests while understanding the nature of the basic linear regression model and its statistical underpinnings. Basic assumptions will be developed. A component of this course is to understand the available techniques for quantitative data analysis by the reading and evaluation of research methods of articles within the students’ areas of interest and to recognize and assess quality and rigor in evaluating a quantitative research study. Actual case studies will be part of this course and the challenge of reliability and validity in cross-cultural research will be discussed.

Change, Innovation, and Entrepreneurial Motivation (GLC 660) – Students examine change processes, innovation, entrepreneurship, barriers to change, successful structures and strategies aimed at improving the total organization. Theoretical and practical orientation to the strategies organizations use to create and sustain industry-changing innovations are examined. Elements of the course explore global perspectives of strategic organizational change and innovation opportunities. This course explores how the multinational organizational depends critically on its technological and related skills to achieve strategic innovation and change objectives. Students become familiar with theories and models which focus on effective change. Students have the opportunity to examine and apply practical tools for individual and organizational change through case studies and class projects. Key elements of the course include globalization, individual and group behaviors, organizational culture and change, systems thinking, innovation, entrepreneurial motivations and social responsibility.


Online – Offered in two terms per semester starting August and January

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.

The Tiffin University Ph.D. Global Leadership and Change program provides the knowledge and skills necessary for global leadership in today’s complex work environments. The program benefits career development, creating new and rewarding opportunities for professional advancement. As a graduate of the program, you’ll be prepared to join a wide range of organizations, including:

  • Community colleges
  • Consulting firms
  • Corporations
  • Government – federal, state and local positions
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Private and public educational organizations
  • Universities

Common position and job titles include:

  • Academic Dean
  • Business Consultant
  • Chief Academic Officer
  • C-Level Executive
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Entrepreneurial Business Owner
  • Human Resources Director
  • Leadership/Executive Coach
  • Learning & Development Leader
  • Military Leadership
  • Nonprofit Director
  • Organizational Consultant
  • Policy Director
  • Private Equity Fund Researcher
  • Program Coordinator
  • Research Manager
  • University Administrator
  • University Faculty
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.

Ph.D. Program Requirements


“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