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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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Commonly Asked Questions About Doctoral Degrees: Part 1

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In today’s world, the value of specialized knowledge is ever-growing. By taking the next step and earning your doctoral degree from Grand Canyon University, you can prepare to advance in your career. If you are considering enrolling in a doctoral program, you may have some questions. So, here are answers to some commonly asked questions about doctoral degrees:

What will I learn at the doctorate level?

As a doctoral learner, you will have the opportunity to become a scholar-practitioner by applying research, critical thinking and analytical skills to solve real-world problems in areas such as business, leadership and psychology.

At GCU, you will be placed on an accelerated path from day one. The dissertation process will be incorporated into your coursework, so that you can move toward graduation quickly. In addition, you will benefit from a supportive learning community and curriculum designed by experts in their fields.

How do I choose the right program for me?

If you have decided you want to pursue a doctoral degree, you may be wondering which program is right for you. GCU offers a wide variety of degrees, from a Doctor of Business Administration to an EdD in leadership. Therefore, you can choose the degree that is tailored to your specific needs and goals for the future.

When making this decision, it is important to consider what kind of career you want to have. For example, if you want to become an industrial organizational psychologist, a PhD in General Psychology might be right for you. In addition, taking advantage of learner resources and asking for guidance from a mentor can help you to get started on the right track.

What are my options when earning a doctoral degree?

At Grand Canyon University, you have options when it comes to choosing how to earn your doctoral degree. You will have the opportunity to attend class in the evening or earn your degree online. This way, you can choose the format that works best for your schedule.

For example, if you are a working professional, an online degree can provide you with the convenience you need. If you have the desire to seek new developments in current research or create new theories of your own, consider earning your PhD online. On the other hand, if you want to apply current research in order to achieve progress, you may want to enroll in an online EdD program.

How much will a doctoral degree cost?

The cost of your doctoral education will be influenced by many factors, so it is important to do your research ahead of time. When it comes to tuition and financing, GCU has a goal of keeping the cost of tuition competitive so that a private, Christian education is within reach for all learners. Throughout your doctoral journey, GCU will help you through every step of the process to provide you with information to ensure you understand the cost of your education.

Grand Canyon University’s College of Doctoral Studies is committed to excellent learner support as part of its ongoing focus on learner success. To learn more about GCU’s doctoral degree programs, visit our website or contact us using the Request More Information button.

Written by Lauren Abraham, a senior earning a degree in communication from GCU.