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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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The Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision from Grand Canyon University (GCU) can help you build the skills that you need to become an advanced counseling practitioner. Some of the career opportunities that graduates of this program may be prepared to pursue include advanced clinician, director of school guidance and family counselor. If you feel called to become a leader or educator in the field of counseling, then keep reading for an introduction to this program’s core courses.

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By Lily Cooper
Faculty, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

When you think of taking classes, usually the typical waking-up-in-the-morning image comes to mind. However, did you know that you can take evening classes when it comes to getting your doctorate?

Here are some benefits to taking evening doctorate classes!

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Selecting a topic to focus on is arguably one of the most important aspects of the dissertation process. Since you’ll be immersed in your topic day after day for at least a few years, it’s essential that you choose a topic you’re passionate about. For those in the healthcare administration field, especially those earning their Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Health Care Administration degree, begin the brainstorming process by considering which aspects of health care administration most interest you as a working professional. How do you see the field evolving in the future? What are the most pressing needs of patients and staff? How can health care continually adapt to change in a modern world? And how can you best contribute to the field?

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At Grand Canyon University, all students earning their PhD through the College of Doctoral Studies must write a research proposal in order to start writing their dissertation. Your PhD research proposal should be a thoughtfully organized and well-written document that outlines the research you would like to complete for your dissertation. At its heart, the proposal should discuss what you plan to study for the next few years and why you plan to study it. You should identify the question that is central to your research, discuss the approach you’ll take to answer it and explain its significance or originality.

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Jeff Bezos, Thomas Edison and Jerry Seinfeld might not have a whole lot in common, but would it surprise you to learn that they all failed before they achieved success? If you ask any successful person in any industry to discuss his or her previous failures, you’d probably be in for a long conversation. Everyone fails—it’s an inevitable fact of life. Failure itself doesn’t matter so much as how you respond to failure. Expect your start-up venture to stumble—because it inevitably will—and make a plan for getting back on your feet. This is a skill the GCU students earning their Doctorate of Business Administration with an Emphasis in Marketing learn throughout their coursework.

Give yourself a pep talk

All humans engage in self-talk—that inner monologue that everyone is grateful no one else can hear. Lock yourself in a dark room, away from hearing distance of others, and verbalize your self-talk. What you tell yourself doesn’t necessarily matter, as long as it’s positive, encouraging and you believe it. Remind yourself that Vincent van Gogh only sold one painting during his lifetime, Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team and Sir James Dyson went through 5,126 failed prototypes in 15 years before creating a multibillion-dollar vacuum. Who’s to say you’re not the next Sir James Dyson or Mark Zuckerberg?

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