Grand Canyon University's doctorate degree programs provide the latest teaching tools, administrative techniques and leadership theories needed to develop and design the most successful organizations. Our doctoral graduates will know how to apply the most effective leadership styles and organizational methods to develop organizations capable of thriving in an environment of ongoing, complex and increasingly-rapid change.
The College of Doctoral Studies offers three distinct doctorate degree programs tailored toward the specific interests of our students: the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership, Doctor of Business Administration and Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology. Our doctorate degree programs are dynamic, responding to the needs of a global society and each program uses a unique blend of coursework that follows Grand Canyon University's commitment to servant leadership.
The mission of GCU's College of Doctoral Studies is to create a unique doctoral experience that connects faculty and learners in a vibrant learning community and creates an accelerated learning opportunity for scholar-practitioners to complete a purposeful doctoral journey.
How GCU's Doctorate Degree Programs Work
Each of Grand Canyon University's doctorate degree programs is 60 credits, including the dissertation process. On average, most learners complete an Ed.D, or DBA program in about 42 months and a Ph.D. program in about 45 months. Coursework for the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership and Doctor of Business Administration is offered online with learners participating in two residencies. Each online course lasts eight weeks and is taken with a group of peers. The two residencies for these programs provide face-to-face interaction and personal attention focused entirely on the dissertation process. This enables students to confidently complete the dissertation and be conferred the title of doctor. The Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology program is offered 100% online with no residency requirements.
*Some of GCU's Doctorate programs are offered as ground cohorts at the University's Main Campus. Contact your Doctoral Specialist for more detailed information and cohort schedules.