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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A doctorate degree is the highest level one can earn. What makes the doctorate different than other degrees is the dissertation process. The dissertation is typically doing original empirical research that answers a research question within five chapters. There are a few colleges that utilize a three chapter dissertation, but most have a five chapter dissertation. So for this month’s blog the goal is to explore the dissertation, what it is and selecting a topic.
The biggest part of a doctoral program is the dissertation which is what separates it from the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prior to reaching the dissertation phase, there is the course work that has to be completed and until today most of my blogs have been about doing the course work. For this month, I have decided to begin discussing the dissertation process and what a dissertation is all about.