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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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With the number of different doctoral degrees offered to learners, it can be confusing to know what exactly the difference is between them and which one offers you the most opportunity to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

Grand Canyon University offers four different doctoral degrees, including the Doctor of Education (EdD) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). How can you truly differentiate these two programs and make the best academic and career choice for your future?

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

“Publishing a [literature] review demands art as well as skill to help readers to make sense of a particular world of evidence and make them want to go and find out more for themselves.” (Barbara Steward)

When approaching a literature review, doctoral learners are either overwhelmed by the task or they underestimate the importance of it. The College of Doctoral Studies at Grand Canyon University is here to help you get your literature review going in the right direction:

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Interested in earning your PhD from Grand Canyon University, but not sure which emphasis you should choose? Explore the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Integrating Technology, Learning and Psychology. In this doctoral degree program, learners examine theories and principles, including the psychology of applying technology to individuals, organizations and communities while assessing the risks and benefits associated with the use of technology.

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When deciding to earn a doctoral degree, it is important to know how it will benefit your career. An EdD in Organizational Leadership can help you advance your leadership skills. With a wide range of emphases, the program at Grand Canyon University allows you to hone in on a specific area that you are passionate about. There are many opportunities available for those who earn an EdD in organizational leadership, many of which can take your career to the next level. Continue reading to learn about some of the many career possibilities with this degree:

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