Choosing the Right Doctoral Degree
For those pursuing doctoral degree study, first and foremost, be clear of the intentions for studying for the degree. Studying for a PHd is a time-consuming and costly endeavor and should be undertaken in the most serious sense. Completing a PHd degree will take at least a few years of steady commitment, many nights of completing papers and much required study time. PHd students often work full-time and study part-time, which means that completing the degree will inevitably take longer.
Given these considerations, the choice of programs should be based on life constraints such as time and money, career goals, desired time for completion and subject matter. Also consider how and when you can take courses and whether flexibility is needed. Perhaps, studying online is the best option or some combination of online and on campus.
First, research the colleges and universities in your immediate area for PHd programs. Next, Consider programs based on the following criteria –
- Program requirements (amount of coursework, types of dissertation)
- Expected time to complete the degree
- Average length of time to completion
- Coursework delivery options
- Cost of courses, textbooks, related fees
- Number of students
- Graduation rate and job placement
Finally, when narrowing down the choice of school to commit to, make an appointment to speak with admissions counselors and academic advisors. Most programs require a personal interview so getting to know several professors by email or telephone before interviewing is helpful. Ask plenty of questions and don’t hesitate to ask for the names of students to speak to for more information.