Ph.D. in Organizational and Global Leadership

   |    40 Credits[Units]
Academic Program Description and Objectives

The Ph.D. in Organizational and Global Leadership prepares professionals from diverse career backgrounds to build stronger, more effective organizations and a more skilled, engaged workforce. It emphasizes leadership, assessment, skill development, communication, trust, performance improvement, and cultural understanding from a Christian perspective.

Students will demonstrate a thorough understanding in essential areas of organizational leadership. Additionally, they will gain necessary competencies through successful completion of all program courses. The successful completion of a doctoral dissertation will demonstrate a student's comprehensive research and findings.

Applicable across industries and educational, governmental, and nonprofit sectors, the field of organizational leadership seeks to provide proven, systematic approaches to driving successful organizational change in diverse environments.


Applicable across industries and educational, governmental, and nonprofit sectors, the field of organizational leadership seeks to provide proven, systematic approaches to driving successful organizational change in diverse environments.


Trained organizational leaders apply these insights to:

  • Create and communicate a vision for their organization
  • Drive systemic change, improvement, and innovation within the organization
  • Inspire, train, and motivate a diverse, engaged workforce
  • Anticipate and adapt to changes in the external and internal environments
  • Address emerging issues in diversity, sustainability, technology, and ethics


Be the leader who develops leaders. Get prepared for practical application in developing leaders, and in executive-level coaching roles. You will become grounded in theory, gain experience, leadership development and organizational success for churches and non-profit organizations.

Full Curriculum

The course descriptions for the courses listed below may be found in the Academic Catalog.

    Program Overview
    Year One (online) - Foundation Online Learning, Research Design, Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Research Methodology, Dissertation Design: Problem Statement & Literature Review
    Year Two (Classroom/online) - Specialization Missional Church Leadership Missional Context, Postmodern Era, Professional Development, Dissertation Design: Prospectus & Proposal Writing
    Year Three (Classroom/online) - Dissertation Immersion Dissertation Writing, Defense, & Finalization

    Course Descriptions for the Courses taken in Year 1

    OLDR 9101 Introduction to Online Learning, Research Design and Analysis (2 Units)
    In this program foundational course, students learn research methods and online learning tools. Research is vital for this program. Understanding the learning management system as well as research strategies and sources are foundational in this course.

    OLDR 9201 Organizational Leadership (3 Units)
    Students will learn leadership and management theories. The evolution of leadership and management concepts will be explored. Students will hone leadership and management skills so that measurable impact can be made throughout various organizational contexts.

    OLDR 9202 Strategic Leadership & Management of Global Change (3 Units)
    In this course, students will focus on leadership decision making. Analysis, implementation, and assessment methods for the purposes of strategic planning and organizational change. Students will learn about organizational performance, cultural competency, and change theory.

    OLDR 9901 Dissertation I: Research Topic Identification and Problem Statement Development (2 Units)
    In this course students will identify a research topic. Students will then create a problem statement. This problem statement will guide their research. The problem statement will be clear, concise and practical. Students will begin to collect and disseminate sources towards the aim of dissertation completion.

    OLDR 9203 Organizational Behavior, Theory, and Design (3 Units)
    Students will gain a comprehensive view of organizational theory and design. Topics will include various leadership styles, workflow designs, human behaviors, motivation, and personality traits.

    OLDR 9204 Research Methodology: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods (3 Units)
    In this course, students will learn about research methodology, data collection, and statistical analysis. Qualitative, quantitative, and the mixed methods (the combination of qualitative and quantitative) will be explored. The respective concepts for each method will be reviewed, including introductions to the accompanying research instruments (i.e. software) required to conduct each research methodology.

    OLDR 9902 Dissertation II: Literature Review (2 Units)
    In this course students will conduct an extensive literature review and begin to revise and edit their proposal for their dissertation. Students will present findings, will work closely with their professor, and writing experts. Additionally, students will complete a first draft of their literature review chapter and begin the recruitment phase for their dissertation committees.

    Course Descriptions for the Courses taken in Year 2

    OLDR 9301 Best Practices of Effective Leaders (3 units)
    This course examines best practices of exemplary leaders. The focus of the course will be on actions and behaviors of proven effective leaders. The fundamentals of outstanding leadership will be explored in detail. This course will provide students guidance regarding their leadership style and aid them in maximizing their leadership potential.

    OLDR 9302 Coaching and Mentoring Strategies and Skills (3 units)
    The course focuses on developing vision, perspectives, tools and commitments to ensure strategic and theologically guided ministry in a contextualized coaching/mentoring ministry. This course designs a system for coaching (individuals and small groups) and mentoring to facilitate leadership development and enhance individual and group performance. This course design is structured to foster student's discovery, observation, experiences, experimentation and the adoption of current processes, strategies, and skills for real world coaching and mentoring application.

    OLDR 9903 Dissertation III: Prospectus (2 Units)
    In this course students will build on the work done in OLDR 9902 and will complete the first draft of their dissertation proposal. Students will work closely with their assigned advisors and committee members to produce their papers.

    OLDR 9303 Professional Development and Mentoring (3 units)
    The course engages in the examination of mentor behavior and skills focused on mentee development through observation, research and field experience practice. It provides the educational setting that focuses on high-quality learning experiences, coaching and feedback. Using collaborative teaching and learning strategies, it also emphasizes on developing a range of mentoring practices to correspond with adult learning theories, including performance problems specific to the needs of a mentee.

    OLDR 9304 Personal and Executive Coaching (3 units)
    This course introduces students to principles and techniques, ethical and legal concerns, coaching techniques and models, regarding the role of personal and executive coaching. Overall, this course focuses on building a coaching strategy and business plan to help organizations create a culture for coaching and leadership development.

    OLDR 9904 Dissertation IV: Proposal Writing and Oral Defense (2 Units)
    In this course students will complete and successfully defend doctoral dissertation proposals through an oral defense.

    Course Descriptions for the Courses taken in Year 3

    OLDR 9905 Dissertation Writing (3 Units)
    In this course candidates will complete the writing of their doctoral dissertations.

    OLDR 9906 Dissertation Defense & Final Dissertation (3 Units)
    In this course candidates will defend their dissertations. In addition, students will post their finalized dissertation for public access.


The course curriculum develops students' core competencies for success in ministry and leadership. Possible careers include:
  • Top Executives/Corporate Officers
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Training and Development Managers
  • Management Analysts/Management Consultants
  • Medical and Health Services Managers/Healthcare Executives or Administrators
  • Education administration CEOs, COO's, general and operations managers
  • Mayors, governors, city managers and county administrators in the public sector
  • School superintendents and college and university presidents