College of Education > Academics > Leadership, Language & Curriculum > Graduate Programs > Value-Creating Education for Global Citizenship (PhD)
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:
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.
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.
Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis. Priority deadlines for scholarships are:
Submit an online application, official transcripts, résumé, letters of recommendation, a personal statement and a writing sample.
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.
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.
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.
For more information about applying, contact the Program Director, Jason Goulah at
firstname.lastname@example.org or The Office of Graduate Admission for DePaul’s College of Education at
(773) 325-4405 or
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