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What is a Cohort?

Posted on May 04, 2017  in  [ Doctoral Journey ]

Cohorts are small groups of learners who undertake their doctoral journey in a supportive and collaborative environment. The way cohorts operate can vary greatly from institution to institution. At Grand Canyon University’s College of Doctoral Studies, our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in General Psychology and Doctor of Education (EdD) in Organizational Leadership cohorts use an innovative hybrid approach that blends online study with on-campus classes one evening per week.

Read on to learn more about GCU’s PhD and EdD evening cohorts, which explore human behavior and how to use the knowledge and skills within teaching or conducting psychological research in business, government or institutions of higher education.

What is a cohort?

A cohort is defined as “a group of people banded together.” At GCU, cohorts are small groups of learners engaged in doctoral-level study under the guidance of a highly engaged instructor. Cohorts foster collaborative learning, creativity and confidence in a unique and contemporary way.

What is the cohort schedule like?

Classes are offered one night per week, on our main campus here in Phoenix. Learners progress together through a sequence of core courses, followed by a choice of emphases chosen by the learner and offered online. This schedule is designed to provide much-needed flexibility for busy yet ambitious professionals.

Will I meet with my instructors?

Absolutely! Meet with instructors and fellow learners one night each week for the face-to-face experience you desire. These sessions also provide prime opportunities to build relationships and strengthen your professional network. For those who prefer the digital classroom, GCU also offers a number of online degree programs.

What degree programs are offered in the cohort format?

Evening cohort programs begin on a rolling basis and are offered throughout the year. Currently, GCU is offering two doctoral-level cohorts:

  • PhD in Organizational Psychology
  • EdD in Organizational Leadership

How do I get more information and enroll?

The next PhD evening cohort programs begin on August 3 and the next EhD cohort program begins August 31 at GCU! For more information, contact us using the Request More Information button at the top of the page!

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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