Applications will be accepted starting Jan. 2, 2020, for Troy University’s new doctoral program, the Ph.D. in Global Leadership.
The program received final approval in September from The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, clearing the way for enrollment to begin with an anticipated start date of Fall 2020 for the first cohort of students.
“This is an exciting new program for Troy University and the Department of Education, and we look forward to accepting applications this January and welcoming our first class of Global Leadership students next fall,” said Dr. Dionne Rosser-Mims, Dean of the College of Education.
To be alerted when applications are available, prospective students should go to www.troy.edu/globalleadershipand complete the interest form.
The Global Leadership Ph.D. can be completed online, offering a way for working professionals to earn a doctoral degree. It is TROY’s third doctoral program, joining the Doctor of Nursing Practice and the Doctor of Philosophy in Sport Management.
Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, said Troy University’s evolution as Alabama’s International University—with its partnerships with 135 universities in 31 nations—provided the genesis for TROY’s latest doctoral program.
“This Ph.D. is a response to a need for leadership with an international perspective in diverse areas— education, the military, business and the non-profit sector,” Chancellor Hawkins said. “A key feature of this program is a mentorship component where students will learn from a leader with experience in their field. This approach combined with global emphasis will prepare each candidate to succeed in the international marketplace.”
The program aims to help students develop a variety of leadership skills and competencies, including effective leadership for organizational change, facilitation of global teams, effective communication, and improving organizational effectiveness. Students will complete core coursework and choose a specialization in one of the following areas: Public Administration, Organizational Leadership, Strategic Communication, Educational Leadership and Administration, or Higher Education.
“The approval of our Ph.D. in Global Leadership represents another significant step in the evolution of our graduate academic inventory,” said Dr. Lance Tatum, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. “This degree program gives TROY its third terminal degree program and specifically provides an advanced degree option for our College of Education, the founding college of our University. I’m excited for our education alumni who have for many years expressed interest in the University developing this type of program. I want to express my appreciation to the faculty and administration in our College of Education for the work and thoughtfulness that went into the development of this program.”
TROY’s Global Leadership doctoral will be unique in the state of Alabama and is designed to develop leaders from diverse backgrounds that will serve locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. That global focus includes encouraging students to pursue international internships, said Dr. Rosser-Mims.“This is an incredible opportunity for students and for the College of Education,” Dr. Rosser-Mims said. “We will be preparing individuals to lead organizations across a variety of disciplines, and to communicate effectively with diverse teams across cultural lines. We want students to understand leadership from a global perspective.”