Doctorate Program: Frequently Asked Questions

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There are many things to consider when deciding where to get a degree. Here are the questions we hear most often, and the answers to help you decide if Tiffin University is right for you. You can also contact us with questions at any time: 

Dr. Kenneth Rauch
Director – Ph.D. Global Leadership and Change
rauchk@tiffin.edu 

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Interest in the process of obtaining a PhD is something that is unique and generated within a potential student. Capacity is determined by the application process and after that, the student commitment and persistence is the final requirement to achieve the degree.

This program has been developed for the adult professional who requires flexibility and the non-traditional approach to curriculum delivery and completion. Faculty and staff are committed to the development and success of each student.

Each course is offered during an 7-week session and students need to budget 10-15 hours each week.  Some courses may exceed this estimate while others may require less weekly commitment of time.

Completion and final defense of a dissertation determines the final timing for graduation.  A student should anticipate a 4-5-year commitment.

Potential students are asked to provide the following: completed application, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, completed 2-3-page essay on your expectations of a PhD program, professional goals, and how you propose to manage the commitment, and complete a personal interview. Results are then reviewed by a committee for admission recommendation. Students can apply for admission during any of the five terms each year.

While a GRE/MAT or GMAT test is not required, the program reserved the right to request this as part of the application process as needed.

Courses are offered within the online format (Moodle platform). Professors are available for synchronous meetings and students are allowed the flexibility to complete course requirements within their schedule. 

Students are required to attend annual two-day residencies on the Tiffin University campus as a degree requirement. Residencies feature keynote speakers, faculty networking, strategies for PhD level coursework, research skills, and program completion elements.

Tuition is $800.00 per credit hour and students are responsible for travel and related costs for residency attendance.

The current discount groups that have been approved for the Ph.D. program include the following:

  • Tiffin University Graduates
  • Members of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO)
  • Members of the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC)
  • Member of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC)

Members of these groups will be awarded a discount of $150.00 for each credit hour in the Tiffin University Ph.D. Global Leadership and Change program.