Why You Should Consider Earning a PhD

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Grand Canyon University’s doctoral programs can prepare you to take on challenges in the work environment while helping you continue your passion for your field. Created in collaboration with authorities in their respective disciplines, GCU’s doctoral programs offered by the College of Doctoral Studies allow you to advance your knowledge and expertise within a collaborative community of faculty and scholars. Are you unsure if a PhD program is right for you? If so, then continue reading to learn why you should earn a PhD:

Boost Your Qualifications

It isn’t possible to be overqualified for a position. “Overqualified” is usually a nice way of telling someone that they are wrongly qualified. By earning a PhD, you can leverage your experience and alter your approach as needed to present yourself as a great candidate for many of the positions that you may desire.

Develop Important Skills

Professionals often earn PhDs to improve their qualifications, but doctoral programs leave graduates with sharpened skills in critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making. These skills are in heavy demand in industry careers, but a PhD is especially suited for those professionals interested in the academic side of their field.

Increase Your Salary

A PhD can be a significant advantage when it comes to pay. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, doctoral degree holders made the highest median weekly earning in 2017 at $1,743 (compared to $1,401 by Master’s degree holders).* Individuals with PhDs are not only in high demand, but they also typically earn more than those without a PhD. In particular, professionals with the skills to innovate rather than repackage information are extremely valuable in any field.

Overcome Hesitation

Graduates may face challenges and setbacks in the course of their degree, and learning to tackle problems with effective solutions can build confidence. Overcoming the fear of failure is a skill that benefits graduates in their professional and personal lives.

Grand Canyon University’s College of Doctoral Studies offers a wide variety of programs designed to prepare graduates to take charge in their career by filling innovative positions in fields like education, business and psychology. To learn more about these programs, visit our website or click on the Request More Information button at the top of this page.


*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Measuring the Value of Education, Measuring the Value of Education (2018). Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2018/data-on-display/education-pays.htm

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