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Doctor Whom? What it Means to be in a Doctoral Program



Pursuing a PhD can seem intensive, especially when thinking about the long hours adding up to years of coursework and research. Even so, those who complete their programs often find that the payout is well worth the effort. Considering what the title means and the benefits that doctoral graduates enjoy may help in the decision to enroll or not.

Defining the PhD

The collegiate acronym stands for Doctor of Philosophy. This title pairs with many emphases and implies innovation in its very wording. Doctor, coming from Latin, means teacher. This is fitting since doctoral programs aim to prepare learners for leadership in their industries.

Why Students Should Consider a PhD

There are countless advantages to having this little acronym on a resume. The most exciting for most students is that graduates usually enjoy higher salaries and qualify for executive positions in the organizations that employ them. While pursuing the degree, learners will gain extensive familiarity in critical thinking, problem-solving and effective research.

How long does it take to complete?

Completing a doctoral program is different for everyone, but as Dr. Michael Berger (Dean of the College of Doctoral Studies) put it, the program takes an average of seven years. Completing these programs can require more or less time depending on the demands of their dissertation.

Grand Canyon University has many programs geared toward providing students with the skills and purpose to thrive after graduation. For more information about the doctoral programs offered by GCU, please visit the College of Doctoral Studies website or use the Request More Information button on this page.

Written by Samuel Sprague, a state and local public policy major at GCU.

About Samuel Sprague
State and Local Public Policy, Copywriter for GCU Blogs

Samuel Sprague is a Junior at Grand Canyon University studying State and Local Public Policy with a minor in Philosophy. He hopes to further his education with a Master’s in Public Administration and pursue a career in municipal government and deepen his passion for writing.

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