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Ph.D. in Organizational and Global Leadership
   |    40 CREDITS[UNITS]
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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.

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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.




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


OLDR 9102 Christian Ethics and Worldview in Contemporary Cultural Context (3 Units)
This course explores the unique challenges of engaging today’s technological, post-Christian
culture in light of various biblical models for Christian life and leadership. Students will
demonstrate comprehension of emergent technologies, the impact of those technologies on the
church, ethical and theological implications of worldviews in conflict, and practical principles to
lead and disciple others in today’s world.

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

OLDR 9901 Research Design and Tutorial I (Crafting a Dissertation Proposal) (2 Units)
In this course students will identify a research topic in keeping with their concentration within
the program. Students will then create a problem statement that is clear, concise and practical.
This problem statement will guide their subsequent research. Students will form a dissertation
committee composed of three faculty members (including external leaders) and craft their initial
dissertation proposal.

OLDR 9103 A Biblical Theology and Worldview of Why We Work (3 Units)
Three goals of this course: (1) To comprehend how what we do for a living, whether it be
running a business or working for someone, fits into God’s greater purpose for His creation and
the church; (2) To identify factors that have greatly undermined the understanding of God’s
purpose that have led to unsatisfying work experiences for many; (3) To find spiritual,
theological and practical remedies that would enable us to recover and then implement God’s
original purpose for work.

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 9902 Dissertation II: Research Method and Tutorial II
In this course, students are required to perform extensive literature review and begin to integrate
two research papers from Year I into dissertation chapters.


OLDR 9104 Strategic Foresight, Thinking and Planning (3 Units)
This course will challenge the student to think differently about where they are today and where
they (and their organization) will be tomorrow. Students will be introduced to the full strategy
cycle, including strategic foresight, thinking, and planning. Through an applied project, students
will demonstrate the ability to scan for trends, develop stories and scenarios, and engage in a
strategic planning process.

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 mixed methods (the combination of qualitative and
quantitative) will be explored. The respective concepts for each method will be reviewed,
including an introduction to the accompanying research instrument (e.g., software) required to
conduct each research methodology.

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 (both individuals and small groups) and mentoring to
facilitate leadership development and enhance individual and group performance. The course
design is structured to foster a student’s discovery, observation, experiences, experimentation,
and the adoption of current processes, strategies, and skills for real world coaching and
mentoring applications.

OLDR 9903 Dissertation III: Organizational Culture and Tutorial III (2 Units)
In this course, students will build on the work done in OLDR 9104 and OLDR 9204 and work
closely with their assigned advisor to adapt a research paper from their classes as a dissertation

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 9904 Dissertation IV: Organizational Leadership Change and Tutorial IV (Proposal
Defense) (2 Units)

In this course, students will build on the work done in OLDR 9105 and OLDR 9202 and will
work closely with their assigned advisor to develop a research paper from their classes as a
dissertation chapter. Furthermore, students will defend their finalized dissertation proposal.


OLDR 9905 Dissertation Writing (4 Units)
In this course candidates will complete the writing of their doctoral dissertation.

OLDR 9906 Dissertation Defense & Final Dissertation (4 Units)

In this course candidates will defend their dissertation. In addition, students will post their
finalized dissertation for public access.

Professional Presentation
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


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

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