Doctor of Philosophy - Global Executive Track (GET)

More than a required credential

Filled with talented leaders who want to do more than simply earn a credential that can carry them higher in industry, the WSU Global Executive Track PhD is for driven people. It is for those who have a resume full of accomplishments to prove that their success isn't dependent upon a degree. It is for driven learners who want an educational experience that will challenge and invigorate them – and take their thinking to a whole new level. Their strategic and in-depth view of their research area can help their organization develop new and innovative business practices.

Our mission

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

  • Dr. Andrew Brown, Retired VP & CT, Delphi; NAS
  • Dr. Mark Dolsen, President, TRQSS
  • Dr. Jennifer Hitchcock, Defense Acquisition University Professor, Department of Defense
  • Dr. Nabil Raad, VP Data Science, GM Financial
  • Jim Ruma, Retired VP Engineering, GDLS, Executive in Residence - Macomb OU Incubator
  • Dr. Kathy Schroeder, VP of Production Operations - Automotive, IHS Markit
  • Doug Szopo, Retired Executive Director, Global Product Planning & Strategy, Ford Motor Company

Program directors

Dr. Ratna Babu Chinnam, Co-Director

Dr. Nancy Philippart, Co-Director

Mark Garrison, Program Manager