Doctor of Philosophy - Global Executive Track (GET)
More than a required credential
To provide opportunities for working executives to combine real-world experience with academic skills to create a new class of technical leaders who embrace integrative thinking, are globally aware, and are capable of producing sustainable value to any organization throughout the world.
It's not about the degree. It's about a learning experience you can't get elsewhere
The WSU Global Executive Track PhD is designed for mid- and senior-level managers, executives, technical leaders and entrepreneurs. Students typically have 10+ years of work experience under their belts, much of it in management, leadership, or ownership roles.
The class schedule is formatted to allow students to continue working while they pursue their studies – in fact, the expectation is that they will remain employed in a position that allows them to apply what they are learning while they complete the program.
Because of this, student interaction is different in the Global Executive Track PhD Program. By bringing their current and prior experience into the classroom, these accomplished students enrich one another's learning experiences. Wayne State's faculty experts from diverse disciplines of business, cultural anthropology, global leadership, and engineering, lead lively conversations and real case discussions that provide access to leading edge knowledge that contributes toward a PhD experience that is unlike any other.
Our alumni call the Global Executive Track PhD and exhilarating and intense experience, one that changed the way they think about leadership, global business, system improvement, and problem solving.
About our Global Executive Track PhD Program
The WSU Global Executive Track PhD program is an intense program that minimizes time out of the workplace. Our course meetings occur only a couple times per month, primarily in evenings and on weekends to avoid work conflicts. On-line access is available for all courses and the degree can be completed totally on-line. Students begin the program in January and move through the program as a cohort, however we do offer flexibility in the program.
The Global Executive Track PhD comes with a great support system. GET Students are busy people who don't want to hassle with administrative tasks, coordinating on campus parking, paying attention to deadlines, or worrying about getting food between work and class. Our concierge like staff handle these chores so that students can focus on their jobs and studies.
Advisory board members
- Jim Anderson, CEO, Urban Science
- Dr. Andrew Brown, Retired VP & CT, Delphi; NAS
- Dr. Mark Dolsen, President, TRQSS
- Dr. Jennifer Hitchcock, Defense Acquisition University Professor, Department of Defense
- Heather Rivard, Vice President, Distribution Operations, DTE Energy
- Dr. Kathy Schroeder, VP of Production Operations - Automotive, IHS Markit
- Jim Ruma, Retired VP Engineering, GDLS, Executive in Residence - Macomb OU Incubator
- Doug Szopo, Retired Executive Director, Global Product Planning & Strategy, Ford Motor Company
Dr. Ratna Babu Chinnam, Co-Director
Dr. Nancy Philippart, Co-Director
Mark Garrison, Program Manager