The College of Doctoral Studies FAQs

Doctoral student takes notes with laptop open in a residency class with others seated before and behind her

Grand Canyon University’s College of Doctoral Studies offers several programs in which learners can apply research, analytical and critical thinking skills to address real-world issues. If you’re considering earning your doctorate from GCU, then consider these doctoral studies FAQs:

Is Completing a Dissertation a Requirement at GCU?

All learners in the PhD, DBA and EdD degree programs must complete a dissertation before they may graduate. Learners in the EdS program do not need to complete a dissertation.

Will GCU Allow Me to Do a Mixed Methods Study?

You can do a mixed methods study. However, because of the complexity of this route, novice researchers will be advised not to do a mixed methods study.

Will GCU Allow Me to Do My Dissertation on Servant Leadership?

Learners may do their dissertation research on servant leadership. However, because this topic has been consistently researched, you may be challenged to find a suitable area of focus.

Will I Be Able to Modify a Validated Quantitative Instrument?

The GCU dissertation template states that previously validated instruments used for quantitative research cannot be modified without prior research evidence to support the modification.

Can I Use Research Done Outside the U.S.?

Yes, you may use research that was conducted in any country. However, note that research completed outside of the United States may not be as easily generalized, and international research must have the appropriate authorizations and comply with all regulatory guidelines within the country.

If My Prospectus Has Been Approved, Can I Start My Data Now?

No. Before you begin collecting data, you must first receive full committee, academic quality review (AQR) and Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval of the dissertation proposal.

Watch the video below to view the entire College of Doctoral Studies FAQs discussion.

[link url="QR5ZvzZFbAA" class="youtube"]Text[/link]

The College of Doctoral Studies at Grand Canyon University places doctoral learners on an accelerated path from the first day. If you’re ready to begin your doctorate or want to learn more about doctoral studies at GCU, then visit our website or use the Request More Information Button on this page.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.