March 10, 2016  | 2 min read

Los Angeles, Calif. – March 10, 2016 Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology is proud to announce the launch of its new Doctor of Philosophy in Global Leadership and Change program. The objective of this new program is to help foster visionary leadership skills among professionals who want to become agents of change and create new directions in strategy and policy. As the first PhD program offered by Pepperdine University, the Global Leadership and Change program will support and enhance current GSEP program offerings while also expanding on opportunities for individuals with a primary focus in research.

Capitalizing on Pepperdine’s vast network of industry leaders, its strategic location, and energizing mission, the Doctor of Global Leadership and Change program will nurture the professional growth of its students by emphasizing a humanistic approach to leadership, management, and change in preparing students to be thought leaders.


“With this program acting as the first PhD program to be offered at Pepperdine, we are both proud and have high expectations for the possibilities and successful career opportunities that will become available to our students,” said GSEP Dean Helen Easterling Williams. “In a way, we doing more than expanding on our current programs, we are widening our network of service leaders to step out even further onto a global platform to implement change in a phenomenal and inspiring way.”

The Global Leadership and Change program will enhance the growth in leadership theory for individuals in the business, higher education, and social justice sectors while implementing an extensive focus on research on a local and global scale. Graduates of the program are expected to hold positions in NGOs, think tanks, higher education, health care, military leadership, federal and state government, and other organizations. In turn, the program will elevate current courses and programs that extend to diverse and foreign cultures at the graduate level that have been offered at Pepperdine University for many years.


The program was brought to the University by program director and professor, Dr. June Schmieder-Ramirez through Pepperdine’s annual “Waves of Innovation” competition encouraging students and faculty to submit proposals for future initiatives.


“The Doctor of Philosophy in Global Leadership and Change program was created to prepare ethical, intelligent individuals to shape innovative directions in research. Beginning this program with such a small, exclusive number of students will help us to cultivate both the growth of the program and the goals of our students to provide them with a more focused and stronger track,” said Dr. Schmieder-Ramirez.


Joining the in the growth of the University alongside previous announcements from Seaver College, the School of Law, and the Graziadio School, the new Doctor of Philosophy in Global Leadership and Change program will launch with its first class in Fall 2016.

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