Primarily, the programme has a dual purpose: to train development professionals of the highest caliber, who will provide sterling leadership in, first, research and scholarship in community development and NGOs and second, effective and efficient management of their programmes. Essentially, the programme will be tailored to meet the research/academic, technical and managerial expertise required by professionals (i.e. academics, researchers, and practitioners) to effectively function in the ever-changing community development arena. This will ensure that, first, development practitioners do not lose sight of the fundamental philosophy and spirit of philanthropy and volunteerism in the cause of especially the poor, marginalized, women, and children. Second, it will create and maintain a collegial environment for research and scholarly work in NGOs and community development studies.
Generally, to qualify for Ph.D. in Non Governmental Studies and Community Development, the Department together with the School of Graduate and Research of the University of Cape Coast evaluate an applicant based on: the educational background (at least at M.Sc. level) the experience as independent researcher the scientific quality of the preliminary proposal the originality of the preliminary proposal the capacity and expertise that the Department has available the applicant's fluency in English the available funding Candidates applying for Ph.D. in NGO Studies and Community Development must have a good researched Master’s Degree in any discipline. Those who are judged by the Department not to have satisfied requisite background courses would be required to take some M.Phil courses in the University of Cape Coast to make up.