Are you looking to gain specialized knowledge so that you can advance in your career? Pursuing a doctoral degree is a great choice. Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about doctoral degrees so that you can prepare for your educational journey:
Is it worth it to earn my doctoral degree?
When considering a doctoral degree, one of your first questions may be, “Is it worth it?” Going back to school requires time and dedication, and can be an added expense. However, in the long run, a doctoral education can provide you with many benefits. For example, you can qualify for top-level positions and may be able to increase your salary.
In addition, as you develop high-level skills, you can make a lasting impact in your field. By learning the value of research and incorporating it into your practice, you can make positive changes in your industry. As a result, you can find fulfillment in your career.
What are the steps to apply for a doctoral program?
Steps to apply for a doctoral program will vary based on the program and the institution. At Grand Canyon University, we aim to make this experience as simple as possible. Once you have decided that you want to earn a doctoral degree, work with an enrollment representative who can answer any questions you may have, as well as help you complete the admissions process.
In addition, be sure to look into the admissions requirements in order to ensure you qualify for the program you are interested in. Once you have verified that you meet the necessary requirements, request transcripts from your previous educational institutions and submit a letter of intent, stating your desire to enroll in a doctorate program. Finally, the last step is to submit your application online!
What is a dissertation?
If you have been researching doctoral degree programs, it is likely you have come across the term, “dissertation.” So, what is it? A dissertation is a document of new, original research that you will create. Essentially, your dissertation will prove that you are ready to graduate from your doctoral program.
While writing a dissertation may seem like a daunting task, GCU’s curriculum will help you to get started early. Throughout your doctoral journey, you will have the opportunity to work on your dissertation gradually. This way, you will not have to save it all for the end, and you will be able to produce your best quality of work.
How can I prepare for a doctoral program?
When it comes to preparing for your doctoral degree, there are several things to keep in mind. First, you can familiarize yourself with class materials, such as textbooks and the class syllabus, before classes begin. This may help you learn about course expectations and set up a weekly schedule. If you are an online learner, you may also want to log into the learning management system to familiarize yourself with the platform.
Finally, looking for ways to be involved can allow you to have a smooth transition and build connections with your classmates. In the long run, the relationships you make with your peers can help you to make the most of your doctoral journey!
Grand Canyon University’s College of Doctoral Studies is a community where all learners, stakeholders and practitioners are focused on continual improvement and excellence. To learn about doctoral degrees at GCU, visit our website or contact us using the Request More Information button.
Written by Lauren Abraham, a senior earning a degree in communications at GCU.