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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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Offered through Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) College of Doctoral Studies, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Cognition and Instruction can prepare you to advance your applied instruction career and enhance your teaching skills. Read on to learn about potential career outcomes for graduates of this PhD program and what you can expect to learn while earning this degree.

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Many know Grand Canyon University for its exceptional doctoral studies programs, including our Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision. We combine world-class student support services with flexible learning options, including online and evening classes. With this degree from GCU’s College of Doctoral Studies, you will be equipped to pursue career advancements in academic or clinical environments.

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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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Melinda Gates is perhaps best known for being the wife of Bill Gates, but she is a force to be reckoned with in her own right. As co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she presides over a nearly $40 billion-dollar endowment. Since its establishment in 1999, the foundation has made remarkable progress in improving gender equality, access to education and family health. As an executive, you too have the capacity to implement philanthropic programs in your company.

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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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Your first week as an official PhD candidate will feel like the start of an exciting adventure. Although before you can begin working on a literature review, you’ll need to obtain a reliable computer, plenty of office supplies and a really comfortable desk chair. You’ll also need figure out how to organize your research. Don’t wait to implement an organizational system—before you know it, you’ll have reams of paper and you won’t be able to find anything. The following tips can help you establish an organizational system that works best for you.

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Do you want to provide supervision to other clinicians and train to become a counseling professor? If the answer is yes, then consider Grand Canyon University’s Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision. The goal of this program is to prepare current counselors to become counselor educators, advanced practitioners and clinical supervisors. Learn about the benefits of earning this PhD and the impact this degree could have on your career:

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The way people think affects what they do and how well—or how badly—they do it. One might argue that this is instinctive knowledge. For instance, you would not want your surgeon so nervous that he or she can barely hold a scalpel, would you? The idea that the mental can influence the physical is at the heart of performance psychology. And if this subspecialty fascinates you, you might consider making a career out of it by enrolling in the Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance Psychology degree program available from Grand Canyon University.

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