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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Starting Your Doctoral Degree


Choosing to take on a doctoral degree is a huge decision. Becoming a doctoral student can unlock new opportunities in your life, as well as open doors for your career. There are many reasons to start a doctorate program, and learning how to get started is the first step to beginning this exciting new chapter.

Choosing a Doctoral Degree

When choosing to begin a doctoral degree program, you first need to know what you would like to pursue and why. Though you may have a master’s degree in one area, there may be another program that can take you in a whole new direction. Consider your current field and if you want expand your career or re-career.

If you prefer to expand your knowledge with a doctoral degree, you can improve your skills to better your chances of success in your field of work. For example, if you earned your online MBA, you may choose to pursue a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree. If you are an educator in a primary or secondary school, you may decide to pursue a doctorate in K-12 leadership. When you decide which degree is right for you, you are ready to begin researching universities.

Choosing Your School

Grand Canyon University is a regionally accredited university that offers a variety of doctoral degree programs to help you further your education and achieve your academic goals. GCU also offers a variety of doctoral resources to help you pursue your education.

All of our doctorate degrees are offered online, including our EdD online and online PhD programs, and many are offered in evening cohorts on our main campus in Phoenix. The degrees offered by GCU range from a DBA to a DNP, and you may even have the option to choose a program with an emphasis in a certain area. For example, our leadership degrees have emphasis areas such as higher education, organizational development and special education.

When you are ready to pursue your doctoral degree, make sure to consider which degree is right for you, program modality and the quality of the school to ensure you get the most out of your education. To learn more about Grand Canyon University’s College of Doctoral Studies, visit our website.

Written by Jessalyn Johnson, a freshman majoring in English and professional writing at GCU.