What Is Doctoral DNA?

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Specialized and advanced skills are becoming increasingly valuable in today’s competitive job market. For this reason, Grand Canyon University (GCU) offers a broad selection of doctorate programs that are designed to prepare learners to further their career and navigate workplace challenges. To maximize convenience and flexibility for our learners, GCU offers many online doctoral programs, such as the EdDs in Christian ministry, higher education, and healthcare administration and our PhDs with emphases in industrial organizational psychology, cognitive psychology and performance psychology.

If you are interested in furthering your knowledge of your profession and developing the skills of a servant leader, then one of GCU’s doctoral programs may be an ideal fit for you. To learn more about what to expect while pursuing a doctoral degree at GCU, you can benefit from understanding doctoral DNA.

Doctoral DNA is a representative depiction that we use to describe the doctoral journey at GCU. Keep reading to discover some of the key components of our doctoral DNA framework.

Academic Support

In addition to a program’s curriculum, GCU implements innovative methods of supporting our learners throughout their doctoral journey.


Designed to push learners to challenge assumptions and explore new viewpoints, GCU’s highly structured doctoral courses provide core content topics and opportunities for research. On each of our program pages, you can find a list of the courses that learners complete during their doctoral journey.

Research Knowledge and Skills

Research is an essential aspect of the doctoral journey, and this component of GCU’s doctoral DNA represents the overview of research that learners are provided with, as well as the research competencies that are incorporated into each program’s coursework.

Research Artifacts and Assessments

Finally, the research artifacts and assessments component of GCU’s doctoral DNA embodies the dissertation experience and key element of the doctoral journey. At this stage, learners develop their dissertation and enhance their skills and knowledge relating to their program’s outcomes.

GCU offers many doctoral programs that might be right for you. For more information about Grand Canyon University’s doctoral journey, please visit the College of Doctoral Studies website or use the Request More Information button on this page.

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