Doctoral Program

A PhD and a professional doctorate help you gain different types of expertise.


Holding any type of doctoral degree can help you earn over 50% more than those with a master’s degree.* The professional doctorate and PhD degrees are considered terminal degrees, meaning you have achieved the highest formal degree in the field; as such, they can significantly enhance your résumé and your career. However, when it comes time to choose, it’s good to know that each doctoral degree has its strengths, and your decision should be based on what you want to study and how you want to use your degree.


In many fields of study, you can choose between a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree and a professional doctoral degree. Professional doctoral degrees include the Doctor of Science (DSC), Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), Doctor of Education (EDD), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and Doctor of Public Health (DPH), as examples. If you know you want a doctoral degree and have started your search, you might be asking: What is a PhD exactly and how is it different from a professional doctorate? You’re hardly alone in asking these questions. Even though both earn you the title of “doctor,” there are differences between these doctorates. (Walden University)


The student must file the "Degree Determination Form" to formalize such request, otherwise, the degree will be awarded as declared from the beginning of the program.


Location

  • Online or Hybrid


Qualifications

  • Master's degree or higher

  • 3 cumulative GPA


Duration

  • 8 to 10 semesters


Core Course Requirements

  • Research Courses (18 semester credit hours)

  • Core Courses (42 semester credit hours)

Research Tract: A minimum of 75 graduate credit hours.


The PhD programs enables students to assume leadership roles in their respective field of specialization. Designed primarily for professionals who wish to teach at colleges and universities, have careers as researchers and scholars and fill other major academic positions.


The 75 semester credit hour program prepares graduates for leadership roles as professors, as researchers, and as administrators of their respective field of specialization. Required are 18 semester credit hours in research courses, 42 semester credit hours in core courses and 15 semester credit hours allocated for the completion of the dissertation.


Dissertation - 15 semester credit hours

  • 999 A Doctoral Dissertation: Abstract & Introduction 1 semester credit hour

  • 999 B Doctoral Dissertation: Review of Related Literature 2 semester credit hour

  • 999 C Doctoral Dissertation: Methodology 2 semester credit hour

  • 999 D Doctoral Dissertation: Institutional Research Board 1 semester credit hour

  • 999 E Doctoral Dissertation: Data Collection 3 semester credit hour

  • 999 F Doctoral Dissertation: Interpretation of Data 3 semester credit hour

  • 999 G Doctoral Dissertation: Defense 3 semester credit hour


Note: The 999 A to G semester credit hours can be use to fulfill the requirements for professional tract.

Professional Tract: A minimum of 90 graduate credit hours.


The Alt+U professional doctorate focuses on the skills needed by practitioners, with an emphasis on applied research and professional practice. Learn how to solve specific organizational problems, improve outcomes, and address gaps in the field with a program that’s flexible enough for you to live your life while earning your degree.


This is a non-dissertation program.


The 90 semester credit hour program prepares graduates for leadership roles as professors, as researchers, and as administrators of their respective field of specialization. Required are 18 semester credit hours in research courses, 42 semester credit hours in core courses, 15 semester credit hours allocated for the fulfillment of the 2000 clinical practice, and 15 semester credit hours specialization cognate - a student chosen and curated courses.


Clinical Practice - 15 semester credit hours

A15 semesters credit on doctoral courses in Clinical, Internship, Prior Learning, Practicum, and other forms of knowledge application & practice combine).

  • 2000 clock hours (3 semester hours = 400 clock hours)

  • A maximum of 400 clock hours for each institution for clinical, Internship and practicum.

  • A maximum of 800 clock hours for Prior learning if applicable.


Specialization Cognate - 15 semester credit hours

A student chosen and curated specialization courses with the guidance of the academic adviser.