Research is a cornerstone of the College of Doctoral Studies, empowering learners to collaborate and advance within all fields. Through a continual dialogue regarding research and ethics guidelines, we serve the advancement of Grand Canyon University's (GCU) doctoral programs and other academic communities. Explore our resources, designed to suit your needs and interests, including the Center for Innovation and Research Teaching (CIRT), the Journal of Instructional Research (JIR) and GCU's Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Not only does GCU provide a clear and attainable path for doctoral learners, but they also provide goals, timelines and resources.

Michael LeePhD in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Integrating Technology, Learning and Psychology

Qualitative Versus Quantitative Research

What is qualitative versus quantitative research? Qualitative research is less structured and answers open-ended questions, providing subjective results that reveal bias but seek to explore and explain. Quantitative research, on the other hand, seeks to confirm a hypothesis and often uses numbers and statistical results. Quantitative research typically answers closed-ended questions, and is typically documented using objective language.

At the College of Doctoral Studies, we value both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Depending on your degree and your dissertation, you may find that using one method is more appropriate than the other.

Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching

We believe innovative research fosters creativity, critical thinking and learning. CIRT facilitates excellence in scholarship and instruction at GCU. A faculty-driven initiative, CIRT crosses teaching disciplines to foster an integrated community of educators. For more information on CIRT, visit

Canyon Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies

The Canyon Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies is an annual online publication coordinated by CIRT that highlights exemplary student and faculty research completed at GCU. For more information on CJIS, visit

Journal of Instructional Research

JIR is an annual online publication produced by CIRT. JIR helps scholars enhance their understanding and the application of best practices in college teaching. Attain Research Ready certification and prepare to engage in scholarly research, apply for a variety of grants and find out how to submit your own research. For more information on JIR, visit

Journal of Non-Significant Differences

The Journal of Non-Significant Differences is a student-led, peer-reviewed journal designed to highlight the value of non-significant research findings while providing learners with a comprehensive understanding of the research cycle and the publication process. For more information on the Journal of Non-Significant Differences, visit