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Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship (PhD)
Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship (PhD)
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Fostering global citizenship in a complex world

DePaul's PhD in Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship strengthens your current practice and prepares you to advance your scholarly and professional career at academic and cultural institutions, organizations, policy centers and agencies around the world.

Global citizenship undergirds multiple UNESCO initiatives and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and has become a driving force for professional dispositions, practice, and research in schools and universities, civil society and cultural institutions, global health and the corporate sector, and nongovernmental and faith organizations internationally.

Our Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship PhD program will teach you to examine pressing and unfolding global issues – from climate change and nuclear annihilation to threats against human rights and social justice – as matters of human education and sōka, or “value creation." You'll also develop key insights into the Eastern pedagogical philosophy of Daisaku Ikeda and his predecessors that is increasingly sought worldwide to confront such issues and foster hope-filled agency, authentic happiness and lasting peace.

You'll also take a wide array of courses on topics such as:

  • human being and becoming
  • peacebuilding and justice
  • imaginative empathy and courageous action
  • diverse identities in creative coexistence
  • questions of truth and value
  • inner transformation and contributive living
  • dialogue as practice and research

All courses are offered exclusively online, allowing you to take courses and engage with classmates and instructors from anywhere in the world. This degree program can be completed in just over three years.

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Develop capacities to pioneer a better age

In our Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship PhD program, you'll deepen your understanding of value creation and global citizenship as you gain the conceptual, philosophical, and empirical skills needed to ask – and answer – crucial questions related to human education.

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis. Priority deadlines for scholarships are:

  • Fall: August 15
  • Winter: December 1
  • Spring: March 1
  • Summer: May 1

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, résumé, letters of recommendation, a personal statement and a writing sample.

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Required Courses

You'll take six core courses, five research courses, five curated elective courses, one non-credit, non-tuition candidacy course and complete two dissertation courses.

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In-depth engagement with Ikeda/Soka studies

You'll be taught by leading international scholars in the field of Ikeda/Soka studies and its broad reach in scholarly, empirical and practical questions of global citizenship in multicultural, multilingual and multiracial contexts.

Alumni Network

Your degree connects you with a worldwide community of sōka scholars, value-creating educators and professionals. These connections are only possible through the Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship program, the only program of its kind in the world.


Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact the Program Director, Jason Goulah at or The Office of Graduate Admissions for DePaul’s College of Education at (773) 325-4405 or

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