4 Reasons to Earn a PhD

Posted on April 13, 2017  in  [ Doctoral Journey ]

Grand Canyon University’s doctorate programs can prepare you to take on challenges in the work environment while helping you continue your passion for your field. Created in collaboration with authorities in their respective disciplines, GCU’s doctorate programs offered by the College of Doctoral Studies allow you to advance your knowledge and expertise within a collaborative community of faculty and scholars. Are you unsure if a PhD program is right for you? If so, then continue reading to learn why you should earn a PhD:

Earn More Money

Having a PhD can have a significant advantage when it comes to pay. Individuals with PhDs are not only in high demand, but they also typically earn more than those without a PhD. In particular, professionals with the skills to create rather than repackage information are needed, and current and predicted economic trends favor innovation.

Develop Desired Skills

Critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making are the three skills wanted for industry positions. As you earn your PhD, you will learn how to identify and find the correct solutions for problems, meaning that you will learn to excel at these in-demand qualities.

Become Highly Qualified

Despite what you may have heard, it isn’t possible to be overqualified for a position. Instead, overqualified is usually a nice way of telling someone that they are wrongly qualified. By earning a PhD, you can leverage your experience and alter your approach as needed to present yourself as a great candidate for many of the positions that you may desire.

Lose Your Fear

Getting your PhD may involve tackling the same problems repeatedly until reaching the correct answer. What this teaches you is how to learn from your setbacks. Lacking a fear of and knowing how to learn from failure is a trait that can benefit you throughout your life and career.

Offering many online and evening programs, GCU’s College of Doctoral Studies is the smart choice for many professionals who want to advance their career and skillset. To learn more, visit our website or use the Request More Information button on this page.


  • “Salary Difference Between Master’s and Ph.D. Degrees.” WES Student Advisor. Retrieved from wesstudentadvisor.org/2014/07/salary-difference-between-masters-and-phd.html

About College of Doctoral Studies

Grand Canyon University’s innovative doctoral degree programs prepare learners for leadership roles in their professions, communities and society. Our dynamic online learning community, integrated dissertation process, wealth of resources and collaborative environment support a successful and meaningful doctoral journey. We believe earning a doctoral degree is a journey and similar to climbing a mountain—challenging, invigorating and completely rewarding when you reach the top. Our goal is to help you conquer your own mountain and succeed on your doctoral journey. Readers of The Doctoral Journey blog, presented by the College of Doctoral Studies, will find resourceful and knowledgeable posts regarding the doctoral process, research best practices and dissertation tips among other topics from GCU’s doctoral faculty.

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