Cost: $2,040 per Ph.D. unit
Units: 66 units + 2 units per term until completion of the dissertation
Length: 4 years
Location(s): West Los Angeles
The Doctor of Philosophy in Global Leadership and Change program prepares students to become visionary leaders and agents of change in strategy and policy for nonprofit, government, for-profit, and academic institutions.
This highly selective leadership and change Ph.D. program employs the researcher-scholar model of doctoral training, in which academics and research are conjoined. Three years of rigorous coursework incorporate national and international trips, providing students with a global perspective on leadership and policy and access to prominent global experts, followed by a one-to-two-year dissertation process, where each student will contribute new knowledge to the field of their selected topic of research.
The highly selective doctoral program at the #46-ranked university in the US*
Outstanding faculty of scholar-practitioners with exemplary academic achievements and professional expertise
Global Access format (60 percent face-to-face/40 percent online) is ideal for working professionals
Small class sizes provide an environment for faculty mentorship
The cohort model enables students to build upon leadership skills while forging valuable relationships with colleagues
Classes are conveniently located at our West Los Angeles Graduate Campus, close to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and just off the 405 freeway
An extensive alumni network creates influential connections with more than 20,000 professionals
GSEP is committed to a learner-centered approach in the programs we offer. Each program has a set of objectives that a student graduating from the program is expected to achieve. The knowledge and skills taught in the program might be introduced in some courses. In other courses, students are asked to apply knowledge by practicing skills and demonstrating their abilities. Within the program, the values and dispositional attributes important for individuals entering the profession are emphasized.
Graduates of the Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Change program will be expected to achieve the following:
Students will be able to select research topics. Design and conduct rigorous original research that create new knowledge, disseminate their work in the scholarly community for peer review and further advance the knowledge base in the field
Students will be able to analyze and develop research-based national and global leadership policies to support global advocacy and social change
Students will be able to analyze, synthesize, design, develop, deliver and evaluate learning using advanced research in technology-based virtual and classical learning models occurring in global organizations
Students will be able to distinguish unique characteristics, traditions, and methodologies in research, practice, service, and globally competent leadership through an in-depth engagement in research literature in the field.
Students will be able to describe, understand, and correctly apply organizational theory to global educational and organizational entities recognizing the environment of change and the importance of global leadership, learning theory, and policy.
PGLC 700 Advanced Leadership Theory and Research (3)
PGLC 734 Advanced Multivariate Analysis (3)
PGLC 753 Advanced Policy Development and Research (3)
PGLC 754 Advanced Global Leadership Studies and Research (3)
PGLC 767 Advanced Qualitative Research and Analysis (3)
PGLC 787 Qualifying Examination (3)
PGLC 800 Grant Writing and Alternative Funding (3)
PGLC 801A Disseminating Knowledge and Publishing (1)
PGLC 801B Disseminating Knowledge and Publishing (1)
PGLC 801C Disseminating Knowledge and Publishing (1)
PGLC 802 Advanced Learning Theory and Design (3)
The following course work is taken after all core EdD and Ph.D. courses listed above are completed.
PGLC 791 Dissertation Research (until completion) (2)
To apply for this program, please submit:
1. Application for admission with a nonrefundable processing fee.
Transcript(s)- Official student transcripts from the regionally accredited colleges or universities that awarded your baccalaureate and master degrees can be sent through one of the following:
Electronic Transcript(s) emailed to email@example.com
Official transcript(s) can also be sent from one of the following approved companies:
National Student Clearinghouse
Hard-copy Transcript(s), in a sealed and stamped envelope.
2. Two professional recommendations using the Recommendation Section in our online application. While completing your online application, you will list your recommenders and an email requesting a letter will be sent to them. Recommendations should attest to your competencies, character, and potential for the program.
3. A Statement of Purpose (1,000-2,000 words) addressing such topics as your view of leadership, ability to create followers, propensity to take risks, evidence of a purposeful research agenda, perseverance and demonstrated achievements, future career and life objectives, and reasons for pursuing a Ph.D. program.
4. Verified record of academic written and presented research: submitted via the Ph.D. Research Experience Form on the online application.
5. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE—verbal and quantitative sections) taken within the past five years*. Alternatively, applicants have the option to submit a two-page proctored essay on a selected topic. Applicants who do not perform satisfactorily on this essay may be required to attend a writing workshop course at GSEP such as ED 692.
*Please note: the GRE requirement is currently being waived for this program. GSEP is committed to equity and accurately assessing student attributes for acceptance, and the Education Division is in the process of investigating the GRE's predictive quality of all applicants' future success in its programs.
6. Your professional CV or resume was emailed to us.
7. A personal or group interview with a program director for qualified applicants who apply to the program.
8. If your baccalaureate or master's degree GPA is lower than 3.0 or you're seeking an exception to our TOEFL test requirements, please fill out this Exception Request Form and email it to us.
Scholarships & Funding
Pepperdine GSEP generously offers $5,500,000 in scholarships every year, with the majority of students receiving some form of financial assistance. An incoming GSEP student is eligible to be awarded up to $10,000 in Pepperdine scholarships.