Doctorate (Ph.D.)

Global Leadership and Change

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Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Change

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 an online format and contains limited residency requirements. The interpersonal approach of faculty engagement allows students to work independently, but never alone.

Your Ph.D. in Global Leadership Program

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 and Format

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 online program will assist students in the balancing of personal, professional and educational needs.

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

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Employees of the following member institutions will be eligible to receive a discount towards tuition from Tiffin University. Employees of these member institutions must provide proof annually. Students who receive this discount are not eligible to receive additional types of Tiffin University’s discounts. 

  • Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC) Discount
  • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AICUO) Discount
  • Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC) Discount 

Eligible doctoral degree students may receive $150 per credit hour discount

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Academic Services

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.

Graduation Requirement

  • 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

Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Change FAQ

What is 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 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 in leadership with small and large business and corporations, government agencies, non-profits and more.   

International online Ph.D. students may live on or near campus and use on-campus resources. All travel arrangements and expense will be the student’s responsibility.
Average degree completion for a full time student
60 hours

At a Glance

  • Online format designed with adult professionals in mind
  • Average completion time is 3.5 – 4.5 years
  • $800 per credit hour (approx. 63 – 69 credit hours for degree completion)
  • Highly supportive academic services team
  • No standardized testing is required to be admitted
  • Transfer up to 12 credit hours for faster completion
  • Three residency events on campus are required
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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

Sample Courses

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. 

Qualitative Research Methods (RES 720)

The purpose of this course is to compare qualitative research methods to 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.

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