Global Training and Development

Doctor of Philosophy in Education
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NCU’s PhD in Global Training and Development is designed to educate tomorrow’s leaders in the field of training and performance improvement. Under the guidance of NCU’s professors who all hold doctoral degrees, you’ll combine theory, research and practical application as you critically analyze organizational needs and evaluate the influences of how performance improvement and training should be designed. You will examine principles of organizational leadership, human resources, adult education and organizational change, and research emerging trends for solution-driven effectiveness. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to pursue leadership positions involving international training programs, consulting or higher education.

General Degree Requirements

The PhD Program may be completed in 60 semester credit hours. However, up to an additional 15 credit hours will be allowed as needed to complete the dissertation research. If the program is not completed in 75 credit hours, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Completion Period for Doctoral Degrees

Northcentral University allows 7 years to complete all doctoral programs of 60 credits or less. Normal time to complete varies depending upon course take rate and credits transferred.

Certification and Licensing

The School of Education serves educational leaders by providing online graduate studies in education to reach worldwide populations. The PhD program is designed to reach national and international markets and does not purport to provide licensure or certification in any particular state or country.

PhD Degree Requirements

Admission to the doctorate programs at NCU requires a master's degree from an accredited institution. PhD students are also required to demonstrate competency in specific subject areas prior to enrolling in any of the specialization or elective courses.

Foundational Competencies for PhD Program

  • Graduate Level Statistics Competency - PhD students are required to complete a Statistics in Education Research Course, EDU8003, and also EDU8006, Advanced Educational Statistics.
  • Competency in Research Writing Skills - PhD students are required to show competency in writing skills for research purposes through their Northcentral University graduate coursework before being assigned to any dissertation courses. Students will be required to take EDU8001, Advanced Scholarly Writing, to improve APA formatting skills and to address advanced writing and research skills as necessary.
  • Computer Competency - PhD students are required to use appropriate computer skills that are necessary in writing a dissertation. Students must be able to prepare documents using advanced word processing skills (e.g., creation of tables and figures, headers and footers, page breaks, tables of contents, hanging indents, etc.). In addition, students need to use computer programs for the statistical analysis and presentation of data (e.g., Excel, SPSS). The oral defense normally requires a computer-based presentation by the candidate (e.g., a PowerPoint presentation).

Course Length

All new students enrolling in the PhD in Education program are automatically enrolled in courses that are eight weeks in length. All eight-week courses are indicated by a "-8" (dash eight) at the end of the course code.

See below for specialization courses specific to this program. To learn more, fill out the request information form below or view the course catalog.

Course Code


Course Description


Human Performance: Paradigms and Possibilities

In this doctoral level course, students will assess issues and trends that impact employee performance in multi-national and global organizations. Students will evaluate models and theories that lead to successful training initiatives and improve the overall performance of employees and organizations.


Strategic Links for Successful Global Training

In this Doctoral level course, students will assess the intersection of organizational strategy and global training and development. Students will explore best practices in strategic training, methods used to align training activities with business goals, and design a complete strategic training plan.


The Role of Technology in the Global Training Marketplace

This doctoral level course is designed to provide a frame-work for analysis, implementation, and evaluation of technology based training solutions. Students will explore the varying models and tools used in computer and web-based interventions as well as investigate the challenges of integrating these technological tools into the global training marketplace. Special emphasis will be paid to the role of evaluation throughout the decision to use and implement technology based solutions in global training and development.


Best Practices for Training and Presenting to International Audiences

International audiences present experienced trainers with unique challenges. Understanding the best practices in training and presenting to international audiences is key in the success of global training. In this doctoral course, students will evaluate the impact of global performance culture, best practices in training design and engagement, and cross cultural training.


Evaluating Training Programs

In this doctoral course students will analyze methods and models used to evaluate training initiatives. Students will assess the critical components of successful training by exploring professional training programs and methods of evaluation. This course is designed provide a framework for evaluating the concepts, principles, theories, and techniques of training evaluation. In this course, students will identify and clarify the training needs of organizations; consider approaches to training evaluation; design a complete evaluation plan.


Trainer as Consultant in the Global Marketplace

In this course, doctoral students will analyze ways to create value, improve productivity, and deliver change in global and multi-national organizations. This course is designed to focus on the process of consultation, and the various approaches to assisting global organizations as an outside professional. Models of consulting are presented for consideration and topics including management, ethics, tools, and techniques are addressed. The doctoral student will assess methods to contract with an organization, provide effective diagnosis and feedback, design interventions, and continue to synthesize relevant literature.


Conflict Resolution and Mediation

Leaders must become adept at interpreting conflict and identifying options that result in a favorable outcome for all stakeholders. Constructive responses and mediation skills developed through a focused effort to understand communication patterns, interpersonal relationships, and communication skills can produce successful conflict resolution. Theory, self-reflection and enhancement of conflict skills, cultural understanding, structure, and practice of collaborative and mediated negotiations are emphasized.


Building Organizational Capacity

There are numerous definitions for the phrase "capacity building" within educational and leadership literature. For the purpose of this Doctoral level course, the term "building organizational capacity" will be used to describe a parallel universe, where both the students’ capacity and the organization's capacity must be developed to achieve organizational goals. Students will analyze their own organization to assess internal and external capacity, reviewing all tangible and intangible portions of the organization to understand their individual and collective impact on achieving maximum effectiveness and productivity. Simultaneously, students will also critically evaluate their own role within the organization as it relates to building capacity.


Leadership for Excellence

In this course students will deepen their philosophy of leadership which serves as the foundation for applying the knowledge and skill sets acquired through their specialization and degree program. The development and implementation of leadership concepts, applications, and frameworks to drive leadership performance for excellence are highlighted. The continued and increasingly successful application of the knowledge, tools, skill sets, and perspectives that have been learned will also be emphasized.


Systems Dynamics

In Systems Dynamics, doctoral students will explore the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed to manage public service organizations strategically. Using a systems theory perspective, students will examine organizational structures and processes for organizational change. In this course, students will be prepared to be current and future managers of public educational organizations in leadership roles.


Development of Organizational Leadership

In this course, doctoral students will explore classic and contemporary approaches to organizational development. Students will explore preferred communication styles, cultivate relationships, develop strategies, and evaluate optimal strategies for organizational growth. Finally, students will be introduced to the doctrines of organizational development, theory, and techniques.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the NCU’s PhD in Education costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $1,129
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $3,387
  • Program cost: $68,090
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors.For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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