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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How Should You Pursue Your Doctorate at GCU?


When contemplating whether to begin your doctoral journey, it is important to not only consider what you will study, but also how you will study. Today, perhaps more than ever in our technology- and information-based society, talented decision-makers are highly sought after. Grand Canyon University’s relevant and rigorous doctoral programs can prepare you to become this type of valuable leader in your specialized field. But before starting your doctoral journey, you should determine your degree modality in order to set yourself up for success:


All of GCU’s College of Doctoral Studies programs, including the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), EdD in Organizational Leadership, PhD in General Psychology and Education Specialist (EdS), are available online. Online classrooms provide you with autonomy in your education! You can determine when you study best, as well as where you are most comfortable learning.

This flexibility is ideal for all learning styles, because it can be so individualized. Do you learn well in busy environments or do you need peace and quiet? Do you like being in the comfort of your home or would you rather get out of the house to get work done? Regardless of your learning preferences, full-time faculty, student services counselors and dissertation advisors are available to guide you throughout every step of your online education.

Evening Classes

GCU provides evening classes once a week for doctoral learners. Evening classes provide you with a stimulating environment in which your thinking can be challenged and developed. You can interact and discuss complex topics in person with your peers and classmates! This type of interaction, with like-minded professionals, is ideal for almost all learning styles.

By partaking in evening classes, you will find yourself studying with the same cohort throughout your program. This means that you can network and build relationships which extend beyond the classroom – and may even be of aid in your future career!

Auditory or Visual Learner

Before you choose how you will study for your doctoral program, it is also important to consider your learning style. Arguably both auditory and visual learners can learn and grow in either an online or in-person learning environment. Auditory learners can utilize videos, podcasts, discussions and lectures in either a traditional classroom setting or an online one. Similarly, visual learners can access diagrams, mind maps, PowerPoints and color-coding in both settings as well. So, regardless of your personal learning style, GCU has an option that can fit how you learn best, helping you to succeed!

Grand Canyon University is uniquely prepared with multiple educational environments to help its doctoral learners succeed and grow in their specialized fields. To learn more about GCU’s available doctoral degree programs, visit our website or request information using the green button at the top of the page.

Written by Breanna Alverson, a junior majoring in business management at GCU.