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Dissertation Challenges

Greetings, this month the topic dissertation challenges!

When you decide to work on a doctorate degree, many people believe the process is similar to a Master’s program or thesis. A doctorate degree is the highest level of education, the process is far from simple, fast or similar. The early part of a doctoral program will contain the typical course work, the dissertation is where the challenges of a doctoral program begin. These are the challenges that no one wants to tell you about and that after the dissertation is complete, the pain fades away.

 

Patience are important in the doctoral process since there are many approvals to be obtained along the way. Too many times, individuals want to give up or yell at their advisors about how long these processes take. Believe me, I know, I have been frustrated myself.

As a current doctoral student working on what the University I attend calls, “The Letter of Intent” or LOI. The letter of intent identifies the general and specific problem that my dissertation plans to address. There are specific standards for the letter of intent, therefore it must be approved by my dissertation chair before going to the University’s IRB (Internal Review Board). Each University has an Internal Review Board (IRB) that will approve dissertations within different phases. The early stages of the dissertation are the most frustrating as my fellow classmates tell me that are ahead of me in their program. This cartoon shows all of the emotions that can be covered during the dissertation phase, most of which I have experienced myself already.

Please know this month’s blog is not meant to scare anyone away from going after their doctorate degree, but to help you prepare for the long journey ahead of you. As stated above, this is the highest level of education that one can achieve and so the journey is not a speedy one. Currently, my doctoral work is fast to get updates on my letter of intent done and then I sit and wait for feedback. Could I work ahead, yes! The challenge is my topic is not approved and until my research topic is approved, everything is subject to change. For that reason, I wait patiently on feedback.

A dissertation is a journey just like any other in life, there will be curves, hills, bumps, screams, crying and frustration, just do not give up. If you decide you must take a break, remember to get back up on the dissertation horse and go the distance. The goal is to obtain your doctorate degree, you can do it! Just remember to be prepared and set realistic goals, tie a knot at the end rope and hang on for an interesting journey, these are the steps I take and believe me, there have been challenges. My goal is hopefully to finish within the next 12 months, it is achievable, but if it takes longer I will go the distance.

You got this! Patience and prepare for the challenges!

Academic Writing

Writing, writing and more writing is what will take place in a doctoral program! The fact is that it is not just writing for everyday use, Academic Writing is the expectation for a doctoral program. The challenge then becomes what is academic writing? Even professors cannot agree on what academic writing is and is not. Personally, I have had a professor tell me that in academic writing adjectives and descriptive words are not used, which can be confusing to the writer. There are some basic guidelines for academic writing and in this month’s blog would like to address a few tips for academic writing.

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Doctoral Degrees and Grades

As we continue through the educational journey, the way grades are handle changes with each educational level. Grades may not seem like an important topic for a doctoral program, when in fact they are an extremely important to determine the different role they play when going for a doctoral degree. In undergraduate and Master’s programs, there is a big focus on the overall GPA (Grade Point Average). In a doctoral program, grades play a very different role and this can create a challenge for the learner that is acclimated to applying themselves to earning the highest grade possible. This month’s blog is about understanding grades in a doctoral study to prepare you for the doctoral program.

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What is a doctoral degree?

2334579ace79019dff70f0b3436be51c_0fb53ea8907c0211c40d784ad935e0-question-mark-clipart-for-powerpoint_678-780Over the past month, I had a visit with one my stepson’s and he had a discussion with us regarding what is a doctoral program? The reason for his question was because my husband has just begun his DBA (Doctorate in Business Administration) with an emphasis in technology at the end of December. Most individuals know that a doctoral program is the highest degree that can be earned, the difference is the task that must be performed to graduate and earn the doctoral designation.

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What’s your New Year’s Resolution

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As the year of 2016 is preparing to end and as we head into the New Year of 2017, one of the tasks many people do is set their New Year’s Resolution. What is your New Year’s resolution?

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Selecting the Dissertation Committee

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Many universities and colleges allow the doctoral students can select their dissertation chair and committee. Now this is not true for all universities and colleges, it is something to consider when selecting where to obtain your doctoral degree. There are many thoughts of theory when it comes to selecting a dissertation chair and two committee members. Remember to become peer-reviewed the requirement is three doctorates. Some universities and colleges will allow guest doctorates to serve on a dissertation committee, it does require special permission.

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Selecting a Doctoral Degree

Congratulations!! So, you have decided to go after your doctorate degree, but which doctorate degree do you go for?

One of the biggest questions is what doctorate do you go for. There are many opinions on which doctorate, a DBA, a PhD, an EdD or one of the many others.

  • DBA = Doctorate of Business Administration
  • PhD = Doctorate of Philosophy
  • EdD = Doctorate of Education

One of the many recommendations I hear is go for an EdD degree, because so many people believe that if one has their doctorate they want to teach at the college level. The challenge is not everyone wants to teach K-12 or at the college level and therefore an EdD may not be appropriate. An education degree is not required to teach college level courses, but 18 hours in the field of study is required to teach that topic. Therefore, if you want to teach at the college level make sure the degree is going to fit with what you want to teach.

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The Problem Statement

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Awe, the problem statement! What is a problem statement?

When going you go for your doctorate degree, most programs require the writing of the dissertation or as my husband say, “the book.” In a way, the dissertation is a small book because it does have five chapters in most cases depending upon the school. The fact is the dissertation is research, original research, which is conducted by you. Whether you are doing a practical degree like me doing a PsyD or a DBA or a PhD, the dissertation is about doing original research.

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Research Topic

So you have decided to go for your doctorate degree?

Doctorate degrees require a dissertation and dissertations are based upon a research topic. The time to select a research topic is during the course work and not at the end of course work. When beginning your course work, as questions come to your mind log them. Building a list of questions will save time when it comes to the part where the problem statement is required. Focus on having more questions than just focusing on one the reason is due to the fact that you want to look for limitations in the study to find a topic that can be approved.

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Dissertation – how long?

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There are many reasons why an individual goes seeks a doctorate degree. For many it is a personal achievement, for others it is for a career and for others it important for their field of study. The one thing to remember is that a doctorate degree requires more time than a Master’s or MBA degree. The typical doctorate degree is typically 3.5 years up to seven years. There is no shortcut or short fixes to earn a doctorate degree.

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