5 Questions to Ask Before Pursuing a Doctoral Degree

Posted on September 06, 2016  in  [ Doctoral Journey ]

Thinking about advancing your education by earning a doctoral degree? This decision can be challenging, as the doctoral journey requires both time and effort. However, by asking yourself these questions before committing to a doctoral program, you can be better prepared to succeed:

Why Do I Want to Earn a Doctoral Degree?

When considering a doctoral degree, a good first question to ask yourself is, “Why?” Think back to when you first started considering this. Were you motivated by someone else, or were you interested in advancing your career or your knowledge? Either way, determining why you want to begin your doctoral degree can give you a starting point to build upon.

Is Now a Good Time?

Before you pay application fees and take the time to register for classes, it is important to be sure you have the time and resources to complete your program. However, if you are passionate about earning your doctoral degree, you should also consider that there is never a “right” time to start a program. There will always be reasons to wait. If you are determined to succeed, make a plan, set aside time for your studies and begin the doctoral journey!

What Kind of Degree Do I Want to Earn?

Before starting your doctoral journey, it is important to know which type of degree you want to earn. For example, if you are passionate about business, a Doctor of Business Administration may be a great choice. Or, if you wish to become a leader in ministry, consider an EdD in leadership with an emphasis in Christian ministry. Choosing a degree that you are interested in will help you to stay motivated throughout your program.

What Kind of Environment Do I Want to Learn in?

There are many different ways to earn your doctoral degree. At Grand Canyon University, you can choose to earn your degree online or during evening classes as part of a cohort. With these options, you can make your doctoral journey what you want it to be. For example, if you are a busy working professional looking to balance a career while furthering your education, taking classes online or in the evening may be a great option.

What is My End Goal?

Individuals choose to earn their doctoral degree for many different reasons. For some, achieving the highest level education is a personal goal, while others do so to experience career benefits. Whatever your goal may be, it is important to determine this from the beginning of your academic journey. By keeping your goal in mind, you will give yourself incentive!

Grand Canyon University’s College of Doctoral Studies is committed to excellent learner support as part of its ongoing focus on learner success. To learn more about GCU, visit our website or use the Request More Information button at the top of the page.

Written by Lauren Abraham, a senior earning a communications degree at GCU.

Lauren Abraham

Lauren Abraham is a senior at Grand Canyon University studying communication with a minor in marketing. She was born and raised in Phoenix and enjoys living in the Valley.
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