Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is launching its first doctorate degree program. President Dr. Dottie King said the first cohort of students enrolled in the PhD in global leadership with a concentration in organizational behavior and change will begin in August.
SMWC says the program is being initiated as a part of a $1 million Lilly Foundation Inc. grant. The college is one of 38 institutions to receive funding as part of the Charting the Future for Indiana’s Colleges and Universities initiative, which is designed to address challenges affecting higher education throughout the state.
“With a thank you to the Lilly Foundation, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College will take the next step in a long legacy of meeting the needs of students, our community and the world,” King said. “This mission-focused and strategically-planned program will equip leaders with the skills to address the global challenges of our world today.”
SMWC says the program will take 42 months to complete in an online format.
“I am excited for the growth and expansion Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College will see by adding this degree level to the institution and our program offerings,” said Dr. Janet Clark, vice president for academic and student affairs. “Our reputation in the master of leadership development degree has created a natural pathway for students to learn more and contribute research to the changing landscape of leadership especially in global leadership.”
Enrolled doctoral students can apply for professional development funds of up to $2,500 total per student to increase student access to opportunities such as study abroad, conferences or research support.
SMWC says a growing need for global perspective in business challenges has created demand for the leadership PhD.