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Integrating the Dissertation Process Throughout Your Doctoral Journey

An Integrated Approach to the Dissertation Process 

Unlike many programs where learners are expected to complete a core set of specializations prior to beginning their dissertation, at GCU learners begin the dissertation process from the beginning of their program of study. In the very first course of the program, learners are introduced to the doctoral dispositions with emphasis on understanding expectations for scholarly work and the dissertation process. 

In subsequent research courses and residencies, milestones are established to allow learners to progressively build the skills and understanding necessary to critically analyze and synthesize research literature, identify a researchable topic, develop a theoretical and methodological framework, conduct the research study, analyze and write the results and finally defend the dissertation. 

At GCU You Are Not Alone

This is one journey learners will not take alone. A robust learning community supports doctoral learners along the way that includes other learners, dissertation chairs, methodologists and committee members. Because feedback occurs early and frequently in the process, the learners are provided an opportunity to modify their work until it receives final approval from the dissertation committee and the Dean. GCU's formative approach to the dissertation process is supported by expert faculty, professional staff, academic counselors and distinctive resources, making the dissertation journey at GCU worth taking.