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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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Are you enrolled in a program offered by GCU’s College of Doctoral Studies? If so, then you’re on your way to developing an enhanced skillset and greater depth of knowledge that can help further your career and improve your professional performance. While this journey is both personally and professionally rewarding, there may be times throughout your journey where you experience stress. During your studies, consider the following tips for avoiding burnout:

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Value is a highly subjective concept. While a painting might be worth millions of dollars to one person, to another it might just be a picture on a wall. When considering pursuing your DBA, EdD or PhD through Grand Canyon University’s College of Doctoral Studies, it is important to consider what its true value is to you. Begin by assessing the benefits, remembering that ultimately you are determining the value of a doctorate degree for you – your individual life, career and family.

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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.

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Grand Canyon University’s College of Doctoral Studies is pleased to offer a variety of resources to learners, including the Office of Research and Dissertations, in-person Doctoral Residencies and more. One such resource is the Doctoral Community Network™ (DC Network™), an online learning community, accessible remotely through desktops, laptops and tablets. What makes the DC Network™ unique? Find out below:

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When contemplating whether to begin your doctoral journey, it is important to not only consider what you will study, but also how you will study. Today, perhaps more than ever in our technology- and information-based society, talented decision-makers are highly sought after. Grand Canyon University’s relevant and rigorous doctoral programs can prepare you to become this type of valuable leader in your specialized field. But before starting your doctoral journey, you should determine your degree modality in order to set yourself up for success:

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By Hazel Isaac-Smith, PhD
Office of Dissertations Team Lead: Research Specialist, College of Doctoral Studies

In the virtual world, there is an unspoken etiquette of participation. Those in the know, seem to understand the subtleties of online communication such as all bold and caps does not always translate into “emphasis” – it can translate into yelling at the reader. It cannot be assumed that because you communicate online that you know the rules of online etiquette.

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By Dorina Miron, PhD
Doctoral Research Specialist, College of Doctoral Studies

The time and money you invest during your doctoral journey do not directly get you a more rewarding job. You will have to demonstrate doctoral-level expertise in order to advance your career to higher levels of responsibility and satisfaction.

Very briefly, as a doctor, you will be able to research a problem and develop research-based avenues to mitigate or resolve that problem. We live in a data-driven economy, where decisions are made on the basis of scientifically (i.e., systematically) collected and processed information.

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As a doctoral learner, you most likely have a lot on your plate. Balancing your work, studies, family and personal matters can be challenging. It is important to find a good balance among all of your responsibilities, allowing you to accomplish your goals and spend time with loved ones without feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Here are some tips to help you find work-life balance as a doctoral learner:

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