Doctorate Programs




Ph.D in Educational Leadership & Management, Major in:


Doctor of Philosophy, Major in:

Pacific InterContinental College USA - Doctorate Programs

Ph.D in General Education

General Program

The Ph.D. in Education online degree program produces leaders who can address the nation's most pressing educational challenges. Each online degree specialization is designed to meet both your professional interests and the needs of your school district, college or university. This graduate degree is ideal if you are already a teacher, and your career goals include becoming a superintendent, faculty member at a university or community college, teacher or administrator. Educators who are interested in pursuing an area that is not among the specializations currently offered may develop their own specialization with the approval of the faculty chair. Current students have developed self-designed specializations in curriculum areas such as math education, science education, art or music education, and literacy, as well as in discipline areas such as English-language learning and urban education. PIC-USA is ideal for ambitious learners.

The Ph.D. in Education online degree program produces leaders who can address the nation's most pressing educational challenges. Each online degree specialization is designed to meet both your professional interests and the needs of your school district, college or university. This graduate degree is ideal if you are already a teacher, and your career goals include becoming a superintendent, faculty member at a university or community college, teacher or administrator.

Ph.D in Early Childhood Education

All prospective students must meet or provide the following criteria for consideration of admission:

  • M.A. or M.S. degree, preferably in education or a related field
  • 3.5 grade point average in masters program
  • Official transcripts from all previous degree granting institutions
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing sample that shows evidence of capacity for research
  • (e.g., literature review, data collection, data analysis)
  • 3 recommendations (2 academic, 1 work related)

The Ph.D. major in Early Childhood Education prepares scholars in early childhood education to function in a variety of roles including basic and applied research, program development activities, teaching, and teacher training. To function effectively in these roles, students must have a thorough knowledge of theories, research evidence, research methodology, and evaluation techniques related to child development, curriculum, and instruction.


The Department of Early Childhood Education at PIC-USA prepares educators to work in the roles of researcher, scholar, and teacher at the university or college level or in other careers that depend on the skills and knowledge required for these roles. The preparation of doctoral students requires rigorous programs of study that recognize that knowledgeable research and teaching are complex acts based on deep understandings about pedagogy, learning, learners, and subject matter content and about how these areas of understanding interact in the teaching learning process. Department faculty recognize that the strong research component in this program develops insightful, reflective, and effective teaching and research.

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Ph.D in Social Welfare

The Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Management (Ph.D.ELM-SOCW), major in Social Welfare is a unique program for working professionals who see themselves as educational leaders transforming their organizations through a learning perspective.

Leadership is the essential resource for creating and sustaining organizations, communities, and societies. It draws upon a common ethic to teach and live leadership through commitment, academic excellence, and innovative practice.

The program prepares leaders who serve schools, businesses, government and to improve the quality of life and well-being of an individual, group, or community by intervening through research, policy, community organizing, direct practice, and teaching. Research is often focused on areas such as social policy, public administration, psychotherapy, program evaluation, community and international world.

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Ph.D in Physical Education

The Ph.D. in Physical Education prepares graduates to become members of the professoriate and enables them to:

  1. prepare physical education teachers and adapted physical education specialists
  2. conduct and disseminate educational research, and
  3. provide leadership in sport pedagogy.

A major purpose of the doctoral program is to help students acquire skills and predispositions to become contributors to the expanding knowledge base in sport pedagogy. Students are expected to acquire research skills through apprenticeship experiences in the dissertation research of peers and through cooperative research projects with faculty. At least one publishable research project in conjunction with the advisor is expected prior to completion of the dissertation.

Students who pursue the concentration in physical education pedagogy are prepared to assume positions in teacher education in physical education at institutions of higher education.

The program has earned an international reputation through scholarship and the preparation of students who have gone on to leadership roles in teacher education and related fields.

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Ph.D in Education Management

The Educational Management program provides candidates with an opportunity to develop the critical leadership skills and knowledge that are required in today's increasingly complex, diverse, and information-driven educational organizations. This unique program in executive Educational Management provides an attractive and viable alternative to "traditional" doctoral programs in educational leadership. As an alternative doctoral model, the program is designed to:

  • Provide candidates with an advanced curriculum that focuses on relevant and current topics and issues in executive educational leadership;
  • Focus on the core leadership competencies, dispositions, and applied research that executive educational leaders need to be effective in educational settings;
  • Provide opportunities for candidates to focus their dissertation on actual problems in educational organizations, making the dissertation relevant and practical, and thereby encouraging organizational support;
  • Provide candidates with access to a network of successful educational leaders and organizations to support their intellectual, professional, and career development.

Through the use of theory and practice we aim to develop change agents and role models for socially- just educational systems.

Students studying in these programs are generally interested in the following categories:

  • Those seeking preparation for careers as educational leaders and administrators in Pk-12 school sectors. Positions most commonly sought are principals, superintendents, supervisors, program directors, central office staff, and state education agency leaders.
  • Those seeking preparation for administrative and leadership careers in postsecondary education at the community college and university level, as well as in technical-vocational education. This particular focus can include preparation for the professoriate.
  • Those seeking preparation for careers in educational research, agency and program evaluation, and educational management technology. Positions cover placement in a broad range of employment situations within school districts, community colleges, universities, government, and industry.

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Ph.D in Art Education

The Ph.D. major in Art Education presents opportunities for students with experience in schools or other educational settings to develop necessary philosophical, theoretical, and methodological competence to make scholarly contributions to the field. Working as researchers, scholars, policy makers, and practitioners, graduates become educational leaders in many contexts – universities, colleges, school districts, museums, community arts organizations, government agencies.

Students typically carry out dissertation inquiry in local urban and suburban schools, several renowned art museums in the greater Metropolitan Manila area. Both qualitative and quantitative research methods will guide Ph.D. candidates' in depth focus on issues such as comprehensive art and visual culture curricula; teaching, learning, and critical literacy in and through the arts; art teacher development and retention; innovation in standards-based arts education and assessment; and other knowledge building questions.

PIC's faculty exhibits a strong commitment to curriculum innovation, issues of diversity, and life-long aesthetic and artistic development.

The Ph.D. program in art education gives students the opportunity to achieve a high level of scholarly competence and to develop the capacity to contribute to the field. The particular aspect of the field studied by Ph.D. students encompasses a reasonable breadth of study and knowledge of a specialty in the field.

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Ph.D in Computer Education

Computer Education major is designed to train teachers, corporate trainers, media specialists and technology coordinators. Training is commonly provided in immersive education, e-learning, human performance and multimedia. Students can learn the methods used to evaluate and recommend computer software and hardware. They may learn how websites are built, how to create multimedia and the process used to deliver e-learning training programs. Cognitive, social, cultural and educational issues are commonly explored.

Programs may focus on media design, computer education, software applications and research. Students usually complete a thesis or senior project for graduation. Topics may include:

  • Object-oriented theory and programming
  • Technology and cognitive issues
  • Computers and cognition
  • Technology and social issues
  • Educational practice and design
  • Educational research evaluation
  • Instructional graphics design
  • Distance learning
  • Computer authoring tools
  • Video technology in education

Ph.D in Speech Education

The primary goal of the Ph.D. programs in the Department of Speech Communication is to develop scholars/researchers and teachers who will excel in teaching and research positions. Graduate education in this Department is particularly founded upon the ideal that each advanced learner's individual interests and talents can be recognized, nourished, and honed in a climate of rigorous study. Consistent with this ideal, the Department encourages graduate students in speech communication to engage in individually tailored interdisciplinary study. Specific course requirements have been minimized to provide each student great flexibility in designing a Program of Studies to meet individual interests and goals.


Upon admission to candidacy, the student is ready to begin the dissertation process. Students should note that dissertations should represent original, independent scholarship that is of significance to the discipline. Work will be held to the highest standards. Students are required to submit an electronic copy of the dissertation to the Graduate School, one bound paper copy to the Department of Speech Communication, and one bound paper copy to the dissertation director.

Course Equivalencies

Previous graduate coursework may be approved as course equivalencies to a student's Program of Studies. Courses to be considered as possible equivalents, students must supply a copy of the course syllabi for evaluation. Discussions about possible course equivalencies should take place early in a student's program.

Ph.D in Business Management

The PhD program is a rigorous and high-quality, research-oriented program that offers students an opportunity to specialize in one of six management fields: accounting, finance, management information systems, marketing, organizations & strategic management, and production/operations management. Individuals completing the program are expected to pursue academic careers in research-oriented schools of management or research careers in public and private enterprises.


The objective of the Ph.D. program is to prepare students to become faculty at major research universities. The program is research based and focuses on quantitative skills and global perspectives - enabling students to engage in research projects with faculty early in the doctoral program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet admission requirements for the PIC-USA Graduate Program. Applicants may be admitted with a bachelor's or a master's degree and will be expected to have competence in math, computing and statistics sufficient to satisfy prerequisites for the quantitative courses in the Ph.D. curriculum. Students who have not completed macro- and micro-economics and two semesters of calculus prior to admission must enroll in these courses during the first year of the doctoral program (without credit toward the degree).

Students must have earned a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA (or 3.0 upper division GPA) or a 3.5 graduate GPA and a minimum 600 GMAT score. In addition to the application for admission and test scores, applicants must submit three letters of recommendation and a personal statement of their career objectives. Students may apply online and are encouraged to use this option for a more rapid response.
Dissertation Research

The Ph.D. program requires the submission and defense of a dissertation, based on the student's original research.

Graduation Requirements

All coursework must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Department of Business Management governing graduate scholarship and degrees.

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Ph.D in Real Estate

PhD in business with a concentration in real estate at the PIC-USA University Department of Business Administration.

The program of study draws upon the university's strong research tradition and specializes in the theory and empiric of real estate. The objective of the program is to train candidates for successful employment at the highest quality research-oriented institutions.

The PhD degree is the highest degree conferred by the university. It is a research degree and is never conferred solely as a result of any prescribed period of study no matter how faithfully pursued. The degree is granted on evidence of general proficiency, distinctive attainment in a special field, and particularly on ability for independent investigation. A combination of online instruction, seminars, independent studies and individual work with faculty prepares the student for continued research in the field of real estate.

Degree requirements include coursework, preliminary exams, dissertation, and final oral examination.

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Ph.D in Applied Music


The Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Music degree is a doctoral academic research degree in music. The Ph.D in Music combines advanced studies in an applied area of specialization (usually music performance, composition, or conducting) with graduate-level academic study in subjects such as music history, music theory, or music pedagogy. The Ph.D in Music prepares students to be professional performers, conductors, and composers. As a terminal degree, the Ph.D in Music qualifies its recipient to work in university, college, and conservatory teaching/research positions.

students explore a wide variety of composition techniques in order to develop their own individual styles. Emphasis is placed on the performance of original and contemporary student works. Students consider such influences as cultural mix, the styles and trends of the second half of the 20th century, and the emerging 21st century.


Ph.D in Music Education

Ph.D. Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy program is offered in Music Education. Acceptance into the program will be based on academic record, personal suitability, recommendations, experience, demonstrated teaching competency a dissertation, and a final examination on ("defense of") the dissertation.

  • Applying to the major in Music Education:
  • Application for Music Education
  • Teaching portfolio for review by the music education faculty. The specific requirements for inclusion in this portfolio include a resume, personal statement, tapes, evaluations, etc.
  • A music history or music theory research paper demonstrating advanced analytic, scholarly, and writing abilities must be submitted with the application. It may be a term paper, seminar report, or an MA thesis, if applicable.
  • A personal statement must be submitted with the application.
  • Interview on a designated date.

Admission Requirements

All students must meet the general admission requirements of the Graduate Program. Students majoring in music must have an earned bachelor's degree or equivalent with a major in music from an accredited institution.

All students seeking admission into the graduate music program are required to submit evidence of ability and special interest in their chosen area of specialization.
Music Education: In addition to an audition on a principal performance medium, students specializing in music education must fulfill one of the following:

  •  From those applicants whose major performance area includes conducting, the submission of a recorded sample of the applicant's choral and/or instrumental school-ensemble performances;
  • The visitation and evaluation, by members of the music education faculty, of the applicant in his/her current teaching position;
  • An interview before the coordinator of the music education area and one other music education faculty member.
  1. Graduate Application for Admission along with your $75 nonrefundable application fee.
  2. Official transcripts. Provide official documentation from each post secondary school attended, showing all courses taken, grades, credit received, and degree(s) awarded or expected.
  3. Program admission requirements. These include performance auditions (please remember to bring your completed Musical Background Information sheet), analytical or research papers, essays, composition portfolios, or other entry requirements specified by a particular program

Ph.D in Theology


Students interested in furthering their theology education can find Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in the subject online, although they are extremely rare. This terminal degree prepares graduates for leadership positions, including pastor, priest, missionary or professor.

Individuals aspiring to enter the clergy or teach at a seminary, college or university find a Ph.D. program in biblical or renewal studies to be a good foundation. Comprised of religious and philosophical studies, the curriculum covers such topics as New and Old Testament, bible exposition and global Christianity. Seminars, readings and research culminate in a student's dissertation. Prerequisites include a master's degree in a related field, such as religion or philosophy. Some programs require a degree of proficiency in Hebrew and Greek.

While many Ph.D. in Theology programs highlight Christian religion as a whole, some programs allow students to choose areas of concentration. Possible specialties include New Testament and systematic theology, although concentrations will vary by school. Since Ph.D. in Theology programs typically prepare students for academic positions, they often incorporate teaching practices into the curriculum. Theology programs of this level also emphasize research and critical reflection. Students will conduct independent research and craft a dissertation, which they need to successfully defend in order to qualify for graduation.

Program Information and Requirements

Theology Ph.D. program is usually completed within 4 years. This timeframe takes into consideration courses, research and exams. At the end of the program, students must pass written and oral examinations and defend their dissertation. Some online programs may require short-term visits to campus in conjunction with online courses.

Students need computer and Internet access to use the online class management systems. Instructors combine traditional texts with audio and video presentations. Classmates and instructors communicate by telephone, e-mail and online chat rooms.

Education Prerequisites

Applicants usually need a Master of Divinity for admission. Some schools will accept students who have master's degrees in closely related areas, such as theology or religion. A bachelor's degree in religion, philosophy and theology may be acceptable in certain programs. Students will likely have to demonstrate their proficiency in at least one foreign language, such as Hebrew, Latin or Greek.

Course Topics

Initial coursework may involve classes focusing on the history of biblical and theological studies. Students then develop individual programs of study by choosing concentration areas. Some courses may include the following:

  • Church and women
  • Spirituality and psychology
  • Christian philosophy
  • Virtues and ethics
  • U.S. theology
  • Career Information

Graduates with a Ph.D. in Theology have a variety of career choices, including professor, youth pastor, priest or director.

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Ph.D in Law

The Doctor's Degree (Ph.D) in International Legal Studies Program at Pacific InterContinental College is designed for professionals and students who seek to enhance their understanding of Western and international Law.

The Doctor's Program provides a great deal of flexibility in designing an individual academic curriculum, allowing over half of the program to be in the student's area of special interest. The student may choose to concentrate in one of more of the following areas:

  • Private International Law
  • Intellectual and Information Technology Law
  • Lawyer Skills
  • Christianity and Law and Legal Philosophy

Ph.D in Oriental Medicine

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Ph.D in Public Administration


Pacfic InterContinental College (PIC)'s online Doctor of Public Administration program prepares you to impact multidisciplinary public policy and administration issues. This program uses current case studies and advanced learning technologies to strengthen your collaboration and leadership skills, and identify community issues that could benefit from an action-based research project. Convenient electronic textbooks are available for most courses, which lowers costs and provides immediate access to course materials.

You can complete your DPA program in as little as 3 years thanks to a streamlined curriculum designed to deliver the specific skills and knowledge needed for leadership roles in public administration.


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Ph.D in Colour Therapy Education


The Philosophy of Doctor in Color Therapy Education program will present students an educational and practical approach encompassing color science, color psychology, color management for everyday life and business. Color has been a topic of intense interest and inquiry for over hundreds of years. PhD in Color Therapy Education provides diversity of application to almost every area giving students a broad exposure to the field of education, color and business.
Applicants will acquire knowledge and practical skills to afford them the unique opportunity of specializing in an area and continue their professional study appropriate for their background and interest without interrupting their contemporary careers. They will have a chance to make further development and specialize their careers for their future.



Students must earn 54 semester credit hours to earn the Doctor of Philosophy in Color Therapy and Education. The curriculum is a combination of required core courses in education and color including major course to specialize in area accordance with their interest. All students must pass a qualifying examination, which determines whether the student has a sufficient depth of knowledge in color therapy and education and the ability to perform research at the doctoral level.



  • Color Therapy and Aroma Therapy (MA-CTAT)
  • Psychology of Color and Career Aptitude Counseling (MA-PCCAC)
  • Color and Image Consultation (MA-CIC)
  • Childhood Color Education (MA-CCE)
  • Digital Advertisement and Science in Color (MA-DASC)
  • Food Therapy (MA-FT)



Individuals who graduate with a MA in Color Therapy and Education will be able to continue their career as follows.

  • Color Therapist
  • Aroma Therapist
  • Aptitude and Career Counselor
  • Advertisement Business
  • Image consultant for individuals and brand making
  • Color Designer for business or cities
  • Food Therapist


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