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Continuing your education comes with questions — Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Ph.D. faculty address the commonly asked questions of our one-of-a-kind program.

Why is the Ph.D. in Global Leadership program at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College unique?

There are many aspects of this program that are unique.

First, you will be supported to pursue scholarly (academic) and/or practitioner (non-academic) career pathways. The program has specifically recruited faculty from both worlds. Why? Because the world faces challenges that need all of us to work together.

Second, it is more than a cohort; it is a community. Our community of practice (CoP) can be defined as a group of people who share a passion for global leadership, who want to build relationships with others who share a common goal, and who understand the importance of sharing knowledge with others. SMWC uses a SharePoint platform to connect all student cohorts, all Ph.D. faculty, and all mentors, speakers and dissertation experts.

Why do students need to take Gallup CliftonStrengths (StrengthsFinder) assessment?

Every student and faculty member discovers their top five strengths through Gallup’s CliftonStrengths.  These top five strengths are listed within each faculty and doctoral student’s CoP user persona. These five strengths are a great way to form teams for group projects, match mentors with students, and students can use their strengths to transform their potential into increased productivity and performance.

What is a CoP user persona?

Each person connected to the community of practice creates a CoP user persona. Scholar identity is not easy, and it is a transformative experience. SMWC Ph.D. in Global Leadership students will develop a competency to present and publish research beginning amongst their peers within their doctoral cohort while encouraging and positively influencing new and continuing students each year. Each person’s user persona reflects their current research interests, their top five strengths, their bio, current research (i.e. their master thesis), their top skills, etc. The user personas are housed in the community and courses.

How does the community of practice work within the Ph.D. in Global Leadership program at SMWC?

Once you are admitted, you will be introduced to the community of practice. You take your Clifton Strengths and develop your CoP user persona with our help. In August, you start one course that last 8 weeks. SMWC uses BrightSpace (D2L) for virtual, immersive delivery of each course, so expect to be actively engaged in discussions, both online and in Zoom/Microsoft Teams. You will be assigned a mentor who will work with you from the beginning and help guide you through this transformative journey. You continue taking one course at a time for the next three years plus six months for dissertation.

What is the cost of tuition and what is included for the Ph.D. in Global Leadership program?

The tuition is $875 per credit hour for 60 hours plus a one-time dissertation fee of $300 for a total of $52,800. This includes your books and materials. It also includes a $2,500 professional development fund provided in partnership with SMWC’s Global Leadership Institute.

What can the professional development funds be used for?

The $2,500 professional development funds can be used for a variety of opportunities such as expenses associated with attending academic conferences, fees associated with conducting dissertation research, study abroad expenses, and more. All students will conclude the use of funds with a presentation, poster, etc. (which can be tied to the publication and/or residency requirements).

How long does the Ph.D. in Global Leadership program take?

It takes 36 months of course work, plus six months of dissertation for a total of 42 months.

What are the admission requirements?

The admission requirements are:

  • Application
  • Application fee of $100 (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal letter of interest (1,000 – 2,000 words)

Are there additional admission requirements for international students?

Yes. The additional requirements are:

  • Applicants must have a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a minimum score of 80 if taking the internet-based TOEFL test. Or
  • As an alternative to the TOEFL, applicants may submit a score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS exam.

Our TOEFL code is RA1704.

Applicants who attended schools outside the United States are required to submit certified transcripts in English. If you have not completed your master’s degree at the time of application, you must submit a current transcript. Upon degree completion, you are required to provide official transcripts in a sealed envelope directly from the institution that awarded your degree prior to enrollment.

Does the program have a residency requirement?

Yes. Doctoral students will complete three residency requirements prior to graduation. The recommended and preferred residency opportunity that is available to all students is the in-person Global Leadership Institute Conference held on SMWC’s campus in spring of each year. Additional opportunities available that will satisfy the residency requirement include the following:

  • Global Leadership Institute Conference
  • Wabash Valley Leadership Institute (WVLI) – potential presenter
  • Graduate Certificate of Women’s Leadership – potential poster show judge
  • Study Abroad Virtual Poster Show Presentation
  • Virtual Residency Opportunities – available only when at least one residency option has been or will be completed in-person and with the permission of the director.

When is the Global Leadership Institute Conference?

The Global Leadership Institute Conference is scheduled in April 2022.