Starting Your Doctoral Degree

Posted on April 29, 2016  in  [ Doctoral Journey ]

Choosing to take on a doctoral degree is a huge decision. Becoming a doctoral student can unlock new opportunities in your life, as well as open doors for your career. There are many reasons to start a doctorate program, and learning how to get started is the first step to beginning this exciting new chapter.

Choosing a Doctoral Degree

When choosing to begin a doctoral degree program, you first need to know what you would like to pursue and why. Though you may have a master’s degree in one area, there may be another program that can take you in a whole new direction. Consider your current field and if you want expand your career or re-career.

If you prefer to expand your knowledge with a doctoral degree, you can improve your skills to better your chances of success in your field of work. For example, if you earned your online MBA, you may choose to pursue a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree. If you are an educator in a primary or secondary school, you may decide to pursue a doctorate in K-12 leadership. When you decide which degree is right for you, you are ready to begin researching universities.

Choosing Your School

Grand Canyon University is a regionally accredited university that offers a variety of doctoral degree programs to help you further your education and achieve your academic goals. GCU also offers a variety of doctoral resources to help you pursue your education.

All of our doctorate degrees are offered online, including our EdD online and online PhD programs, and many are offered in evening cohorts on our main campus in Phoenix. The degrees offered by GCU range from a DBA to a DNP, and you may even have the option to choose a program with an emphasis in a certain area. For example, our leadership degrees have emphasis areas such as higher education, organizational development and special education.

When you are ready to pursue your doctoral degree, make sure to consider which degree is right for you, program modality and the quality of the school to ensure you get the most out of your education. To learn more about Grand Canyon University’s College of Doctoral Studies, visit our website.

Written by Jessalyn Johnson, a freshman majoring in English and professional writing at GCU.

Jessalyn Johnson

Jessalyn Johnson is a senior at Grand Canyon University, completing the final year of her BA in English Literature. Originally from Melbourne, FL, Jessalyn has come to enjoy living in the desert of Arizona. Since freshman year she has occupied several different positions on the editorial board of GCU’s literary review, StartleBloom, which is approaching its third volume. In her free time, Jessalyn enjoys creative writing, photography, writing music and participating in the plays and musicals put on by GCU’s Ethington Theatre.

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