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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Spotlight: GCU’s Online PhD Programs


The online doctoral programs at Grand Canyon University are designed to fit your busy schedule. Most doctoral learners have to balance their work and personal lives with their degree program, but GCU makes it easy to balance life’s responsibilities by providing online PhD programs for those who prefer to work independently and on their own time!

Online PhD Programs at GCU

Grand Canyon University offers many different paths for doctoral learners, including the PhD in General Psychology with several distinct emphases. This allows you to choose the area of focus that best suits your educational and professional needs. The emphasis areas include:

These emphases allow doctoral learners to hone their skills in the area of their choice. Having a PhD can be a great way to benefit your career. There are many benefits of getting a PhD, and the programs offered by GCU are designed to push you to success so you may achieve your goals.

Online Convenience

Online PhD programs give you an opportunity to complete coursework on your own time. Because most doctoral learners have to balance their family life, work and studies, GCU provides the tools and resources that are required for doctoral candidates to acquire their degree. By studying online, you have more flexibility and can work at your own speed in accordance with your other daily responsibilities.

You will still enjoy working with full-time faculty and fully trained adjunct instructors. You will also engage with peers in the online classroom and attend in-person Doctoral Residencies to help you make the most of your studies. By taking part in an online PhD program, you can have the success you desire without taking away from the many other important parts of your daily routine!

Grand Canyon University provides opportunities for all doctoral learners. To learn more about GCU’s online PhD programs, visit the College of Doctoral Studies or click the Request More Information button at the top of this page.

Written by Jessalyn Johnson, a junior majoring in English literature at GCU.