Ph.D. in Global Leadership

Stand out as a leader with a global mindset.

Step Up to the Challenge

Whether you are looking to strengthen your organizational leadership skills or advance in your scholarly pursuits, a Ph.D. in Global Leadership from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College will give you the knowledge, connections and experiences needed to become a stronger leader in the global context. Our immersive virtual format adapts to your needs as a professional, with a wide variety of virtual and in-person opportunities to apply your skills as a leader. You will work closely with a diverse cohort of students and faculty while experiencing travel abroad opportunities to widen your cross-cultural perspective.

At a Glance

60 or 42 with your MBA

Credit Hours



Online Immersive Virtual

Learning Format

August 10

2024 Cohort Start

Go Beyond the Classroom

Transcend borders with a flexible format that allows you to work, attend immersive residencies and study abroad.

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A Flexible Format that Fits Your Schedule

Our immersive virtual course format blends immersive online coursework with program engagement opportunities that are flexible enough to fit your schedule.

Explore what makes our program unique
"I chose to continue my education at SMWC because of the people and experiences. I knew the Ph.D. in Global Leadership would continue to build upon my relationships, leadership experiences, and enhance my quality of education. As a second-year cohort student, I have physically traveled to Greece, virtually traveled to the Galapagos Islands, and expanded my knowledge of global awareness. The people and experiences of this program have changed my life. "
Emilee Roberts
"The PhD at SMWC has given me a breathtaking view of our larger global community and the multi-disciplinary scholarship on leadership that connects cultures. In a short time, my growth as a leader, researcher, and student has been tremendous. I have been broadened, challenged, and inspired to be the best version of myself on a weekly basis by faculty that see, recognize, and know the abilities of our learning cohort and myself."
Trent Deckard
"I received acceptances to two doctoral programs on the same day, but I chose the Ph.D. in Global Leadership at SMWC because of its strong theory and praxis focus. So far, I am enjoying my time in the program, thanks to its responsive faculty, intimate classes, and personalized attention. Additionally, the program is honing me into a better church leader, and the fruits are evident in my parish."
Dzungwenen Tyohemba
"As an immigrant woman who is driven by the true essence of global citizenship and responsibility, I always seek opportunities to improve my global education. I am grateful for the opportunities I have at SMWC to work closely with amazing global leadership professionals. All faculty are encouraging, adaptable, and, most importantly, disciplined in their teaching and well-informed about current events and research in the field of leadership nationally and globally. The faculty of SMWC inspire me to continue to reach my full potential."
Mariana Foulkrod

Our Ethos

Mission Statement

Our mission is to develop global leaders in scholarship and practice who collaborate with diverse teams to analyze and solve complex problems transcending cultural and geographical borders. The program inspires a scholarly curiosity to synthesize and globally share findings and solutions that draw from both theoretical backgrounds and practical experiences in a spirit of virtue.


The vision of the Ph.D. in Global Leadership is to create an international community of global leaders who embrace a deep understanding of the global environment by focusing on human values and growth to make a positive impact on the world.

Value Statement

Based on the tradition of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and her approach to Virtus Cum Scientia (Virtue with Knowledge United), the Ph.D. Program in Global Leadership creates an environment where students can develop both local and global leadership identities that empower them to be catalysts for positive change in their own and global communities. Global leadership is a complex phenomenon, encompassing an ability to perceive and adapt to cultural nuances; to be morally resilient during uncertainty, and embrace “virtue” and core values while leading positive global change. The mission focuses on two interrelated perspectives: Scholarly and Practitioner. Both perspectives are threaded throughout the curriculum because the career pathway needs both the scholar and the practitioner to leverage interdisciplinary knowledge to solve complex challenges the world faces today and tomorrow.