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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Global Leadership
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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Global Leadership


The Doctor of Philosophy in Global Leadership (PhD) at Richfield College is a research-centered graduate study and degree program focused on the issues that have shaped our global community and its leadership. It provides the students with knowledge, research abilities, and leadership skills to develop solutions for global problems. The program is looking for individuals with a solid college education and professional achievements that desire to play a greater role in reshaping the world for the better. Individuals who have a passion and vision for developing high quality and practical solutions for the problems our planet and its people are facing are encouraged to apply to the program.

Richfield students, through learning and research, will advance their understanding of the global issues by exploring their roles in relationship to other people and systems at a global level. The program is focused on global perspectives, global problems and issues, and specific solutions that will benefit the people and lives in a constantly changing and interconnected word.

The College is looking for qualified individuals who will have the resources, the knowledge, the dedication, and time to conduct scholarly research directed toward a doctoral degree in global studies.

Program Objectives

Richfield College’s Doctor of Philosophy in Global Leadership offers a unique opportunity to individuals who aim to improve the global business and environment through their vision and leadership competencies. The program prepares global leaders who are competent in conducting meaningful research utilizing today’s information technology tools. The program provides great academic and research opportunities at graduate level in the most demanding areas of leadership and management including financial, organizational, knowledge, organizations, and environment. Our graduates learn to develop models that can be implemented in today’s  world  that  will advance prosperity, cooperation, productivity, and global resource sustainability.

Our graduates can contribute to the knowledge base of global organizations through quality research and development. The graduates have great opportunities to play leadership and executive roles in today’s global enterprises, organizations, and environments.

Program’s Mission and Values

The mission of the Doctor of Philosophy in Global Leadership (PhD) at Richfield College is to empower college graduates and successful professionals who want to play leadership roles in different global settings through graduate education and scholarly research. The College graduates will participate in public, private, and non-profit entities and in directing projects that improve the quality of life throughout the world.

The Doctor of Philosophy Program in Global Leadership at Richfield College is based on the most important values and visions that will shape the future of humankind on our planet. The following represent the core values of the doctoral degree in Global Leadership at the College:

  • All  human  beings  are  equal  and  are  entitled  to  freedom,  equal  rights,  and  economic equality and prosperity.
  • We must respect our environment and improve its resources by conservation, recycling, and improved methodology and knowledge.
  • We  must  direct  our  resources,  our  thoughts,  our  learning,  and  our  actions  toward improving our planet and the lives of its populace.
  • Peace can be achieved through dialog, cooperation, and respect for human dignity, human rights, culture, and beliefs.
  • Through visionary ideas, responsible leadership and common good, we can achieve global peace and prosperity.
  • Those individuals and entities that possess resources must share their knowledge, time, and resources to assist individuals who lack sufficient resources and skills to improve their lives and communities.
  • We must support high ethics and values while we continue to support originality, innovations, and technology.
  • The best practices must be rewarded and made available through global media and platforms like the Internet, the United Nations, research and educational institutions, and traditional and alternative media and multimedia throughout the world.


Admission Requirements

  • Completion, submission, and approval of the application form and the supporting documents, including the payment of the required fees.
  • A Master or a higher degree with a minimum “B” grade points average from a nationally accredited educational institute of higher learning in the United States or from an equivalent foreign institute. All foreign documents including certificate and transcripts are subject to evaluation and validation by Richfield College’s admissions office. Certified English translated copies must accompany all documents in a foreign language.
  • Proficiency in English evidenced by one of the following:
      • 70% or above passing score on Richfield college English Proficiency Examination (RCEPE), or
      • A score of 600 or above on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), corresponding to a score of 100 or above on the internet-based (iBT), or
      • High School Diploma or a minimum of one (1) year college education at an institution with English as its official instructional language.
  • A Statement of Purpose (SOP) written by the applicant, outlining his/her academic goals while pursing graduate study at Richfield College. This document must be submitted as a part of the application documents for admission.
  • A complete copy of the updated curriculum vitae (CV) based on the Richfield College’s CV development and submission guidelines, indicating the applicant’s prior academic and executive education, professional background, publications as well as professional associations and any skill (including lingual skills) possessed by him/her.
  • The GMAT score is required for admission. This score may be substituted by the GRE— including the GRE revised General Test—as an alternative. GMAT/GRE scores are valid for five years and must be taken before the submission of application for admission. Applicants who have not taken the GMAT/GRE exam conditioned upon the submission and approval of the other required admission documents and criteria will be admitted conditionally to the program and must take and submit the GMAT/GRE test results within a year of their admissions to the graduate program. Applicants with a bachelor degree with a GPA of over 3.5 or higher may request a waiver of the GMAT requirement. Upon approval of the applicant's eligibility to pursue graduate studies, the admissions will notify the applicant of the approval of the waiver.
  • Employment verification letter verifying present or prior employment in a managerial or executive position.
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with the application’s ability and qualifications to pursue graduate studies and research.
  • A research proposal summary that will include the title of the dissertation and the area of research. The formalisms, content, and delivery must be based on the guidelines and standards set by the institution.
  • An affidavit of financial and resource support, detailing the source of funds and the nature of the support the student will have to complete his/her education and research.
  • A memorandum of understanding and acceptance from one or more a qualified researcher(s) or graduate faculty who will help the student throughout his/her education at the College.


Content and Duration

Doctor of Philosophy in Global Leadership is a 36-units academic graduate degree program. Based on the College’s tri-semester academic system, the program can be completed in 36 months by successfully completing a 3-unit graduate course/practicum (full-time enrollment) per semester (eight weeks) and the approved doctoral dissertation in a year. The minimum duration to complete the program is 36 months. The maximum time allowed to complete the program is 48 months. Students who are not able to complete the program in 48 months will only receive a transcript of their completed courses and will be dropped from the College.


Program Course Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Global Leadership program is made of 36 semester units in the following areas:

-  Core Courses (12 units) based on the previously described general education courses

-   Practicum  Courses  (15  units)

-   Dissertation   Proposal   Development   (3   units)

-   Doctoral   Dissertation   (3   units)


Doctor of Philosophy  in Global Leadership (PhD) Course Requirements





In-Class Hours

Total Clock Hours

Semester Credit Units


Major Courses Required (12 Units )


GCC 500

Research Methodologies and Applications








GCC 510


Information Technology Tools








GCC 520

Information Ethics, Privacy, and Security








GCC 530


Global Collaboration and Communication







GCC 500 Research Methodologies and Applications
The course covers research methods, tools and applications at a graduate level, with an emphasis on qualitative and quantitative research methods adapted from multiple disciplines and applied to real-world research projects. The students will use information technology and traditional tools and methods during the course.

GCC 510 Information Technology Tools
The course introduces information technology systems and software available to managers in decision-making, system analysis and design, and productivity. Using office productivity and project development software packages completes a number of course projects.

GCC 520 Information Ethics, Privacy, and Security
The course addresses information ethics, privacy, and security issues, laws, and challenges in today’s business and institutional settings. Students will have opportunities to debate on these important topics and to develop strategies and solutions suited for organization with diverse global infrastructures.

GCC 530 Global Collaboration and Communication
The course covers a variety of communication and collaboration techniques and tools available to professionals both in physical and cyber environments. Traditional communication media, including print and presentation, as well as virtual media like digital communications, online collaboration, and web based communications are covered


Doctoral Practicum Courses 15 Units


GDC 651


Global Resources and Conservation Management








GDC 652

Global Mobility, Culture,  Religions, and Diversity








GDC 653

Global Economic, Commerce, and Political Systems








GDC 654

Global Communication and Information Systems








GDC 655


Global Leadership and Institutions







GMC 651 Global Resources and Conservation Management
This practicum is focused on exploring global resources and different ways they can be utilized and conserved. Students will be required to select a global research area, present its present state, explore different scenarios and plans to use them optimally, and develop a scholarly proposal or article.

GMC 652 Global Mobility, Culture, Religions, and Diversity
This practicum is focused on exploring global mobility, culture, religions, and diversity. Corporate mobility, human immigration, gender identity, religious tolerance and interactions, workplace and educational diversity, and cultural recognition and values are researched and studied. Students will be required to select a global research area, and present its present state, explore different scenarios and plans to recognize and appreciate and benefit from its environment, and finally develop a scholarly proposal or article.

GMC 653 Global Economic, Commerce, and Political Systems
This practicum is focused on exploring global economic, commercial, and political systems and their interdependence and influences on human and institutional existence. Students will seek ways approved by a scholarly article or proposal.

GMC 654 Global Communication and Information Systems
This practicum is focused on exploring global communication and information media and systems and different ways they can be utilized to improve business, institutional, and human interactions. Students will explore communication channels, methods, technologies, and infrastructure and develop a scholarly article or proposal for their better use and applications.

GMC 655 Global Leadership and Institutions
This practicum is focused on exploring global leadership strategies and their applications in our global institutions and organizations. Students will develop scenarios, articles, and improvement proposals to improve global leadership  in business, government, educational institutions, and global organizations.




GCS 699


Doctoral Dissertation Proposal







GCS 699 Doctoral Dissertation Proposal
Doctoral Dissertation Proposal is a documented proposal for the doctoral dissertation that must  be  submitted  and approved before achieving doctoral candidacy status. The proposal must be developed according to the guidelines and development standards for the doctoral degree program.




GCS 700


Doctoral Dissertation







GCS 700 Doctoral Dissertation
Doctoral Dissertation is a documented doctoral level scholarly document that will be developed through students’ doctoral research and according to the guidelines and standards established by the doctoral degree program. The doctoral dissertation must be developed, submitted, and defended by the doctoral candidate. The clock hours listed indicates the minimum number of documented hours spent on the preparation of the document. The student will have up to twelve months after the doctoral candidacy status to complete, document, and submit his/her doctoral dissertation for approval.

























Graduation Requirements

In order to successfully graduate, all the following criteria and requirements must be met prior to the graduation:

  • Successful Completion of all program required courses with a minimum passing rate of 80% (B average).
  • Successful  Completion  and  approval  of  Doctor  of  Philosophy  in  Global  Leadership dissertation.
  • All obligations including financial to Richfield College must be met before the release of official transcript and the diploma for the program.
  • A petition for graduation must be filed before the graduation by the student and be approved by the Registrar’s Office before the graduation.


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