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Online doctoral degree programs

An online doctoral degree is your opportunity to stand apart in your field. Become a leader that can drive change and leave an impact. Make the choice to step up. From corporations to your community, your professional doctorate prepares you with leadership skills that empower you to make a difference.

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Doctoral degree program length

The doctoral degree program length can vary by program expectations. Course extensions, research proposals, and research and dissertation can all impact the duration and cost of doctoral studies. That's why our doctoral support team is here to guide you every step of the way. Review your selected program for details.

If you have questions, speak to our dedicated doctoral enrollment representative.

Support for your doctoral degree

Your success as a doctoral student matters to us. That’s why we provide you with a customized support system that helps you reach your leadership goals with confidence. 

Doctoral-dedicated graduation team
Receive doctoral-focused support from an enrollment rep and academic advisor who understands your doctoral journey.

Dissertation support
Rely on dissertation support and assistance from our faculty including the Dissertation Chair, University Research Methodologist, and Panel Validator. They are ready to assist you early in your program and throughout the completion of your dissertation.

College of Doctoral Studies resource repository
Explore the Research Hub, a vital source of information, materials, guides, webinars and workshops relevant to your success as a doctoral student. 

College of Doctoral Studies alumni mentor program
The University of Phoenix offers an alumni mentoring program for doctoral students. Speak to an Enrollment Representative for details. 

College of Doctoral Studies Facebook group
Network with other University of Phoenix doctoral students and take the journey together

Reasons to earn a Phoenix doctoral degree
Reasons to earn a Phoenix doctoral degree

Why earn your doctorate degree online with us?

Career-focused doctoral education
All our professional doctoral degrees provide career-relevant skills that can be applied to leadership roles in your community or organization.

The Scholar-Practitioner-Leader model
Our unique doctoral model provides you with the guidance necessary to become a Scholar-Practitioner-Leader. By participating in classroom dialogue, researching peer-reviewed sources, and integrating application-based knowledge, you can expand your leadership knowledge and translate classroom learning (scholarship) into effective leadership behaviors (practice).

Transfer credits for doctoral students
You can apply up to 27 doctoral-level credits you’ve earned from accredited institutions toward your professional doctoral degree.

The Doctoral Scholarship
Apply for the opportunity to earn up to $3,000 for new students and alumni pursuing their doctoral degree at University of Phoenix.

Accreditation that matters
We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (  for more than 40 years.

H L C Accreditation
A C B S P accredited

Meet your college deans

Our college deans focus on developing a career-relevant curriculum. They bring industry experience to the classroom and lead a faculty of academic professionals with one goal in mind—to help you earn the skills you need to pursue your career.

Hinrich Eylers, Vice Provost

Hinrich Eylers, PhD

Vice Provost of Doctoral Studies and Academic Operations

Shawn Boone, Associate Dean

Shawn Todd-Boone, EdD

Associate Dean, College of Doctoral Studies

Lilia Santiague, Associate Dean

Lilia Santiague, PhD

Associate Dean, College of Doctoral Studies

Cathy Lalley, Associate Dean

Cathy Lalley, PhD

Associate Dean, College of Doctoral Studies

Herman Van Niekerk, Associate Dean

Herman van Niekerk, PhD

Associate Dean, College of Doctoral Studies

“University of Phoenix built my confidence as a professional, and instilled in me a great sense of perspective on how to contribute to the community.”

Roxanne M-B.
Master of Health Administration, ’07; Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, ‘15

Frequently asked questions about online doctoral degrees

A professional doctorate program gives you career-relevant skills that prepare you to impact and help transform fields like business, management, health administration, education and nursing.

University of Phoenix postgraduate programs are all online.

One of the most convenient aspects of the University of Phoenix online learning model is that you choose the days and times to participate in class each week. You do need to meet the minimum participation requirements by posting substantive contributions to the classroom on three of seven days each week. While there are due dates for assignments, when you do the work for those assignments is up to you.

The College of Doctoral Studies may accept up to 27 doctoral-level credits, depending on the program, from a regionally or nationally accredited institution of higher learning.

At University of Phoenix, we have doctoral degree programs in business, education, healthcare and nursing. Within these fields, we have four accredited doctoral programs, which include:

The College of Doctoral Studies also offers specific program elective tracks, which place a specific emphasis of study within a larger degree program. Our elective tracks include:

Doctor of Management elective tracks:

  • Information systems and technology
  • Organizational leadership

Doctor of Education elective tracks:

  • Curriculum and instruction 
  • Educational leadership 
  • Educational technology 
  • Higher education administration

Simply put – with online PhD programs you contribute to an original body of knowledge in preparation for an academic career pursuing that knowledge. In comparison, with our practitioner online doctorate degree, you’ll contribute largely by applying existing knowledge and leadership toward solving real-world problems in your field and your community.

Your original and valued dissertation research serves as the foundation for your field of interest. Our dedicated doctoral school puts the student at the center of an ecosystem of experienced faculty. We offer resources geared to help you succeed from an introductory doctoral course sequence through all the steps to completing and disseminating your dissertation.

Yes, all College of Doctoral Studies faculty members have doctoral degrees. Additionally, most hold positions within the fields they teach. When they are not teaching class, our instructors are leaders in their respective organizations.

With our Tuition GuaranteeTM commitment, you can count on fixed, affordable pricing for your entire postgraduate degree program. Our doctorate degrees are $810 per credit. You can apply for the Doctoral Scholarship, which offers up to $3,000 for new students and alumni pursuing their doctoral degree at University of Phoenix.

Military students, alumni and international students receive special pricing. Please check with your enrollment representative for pricing details.

Additionally, there are financial aid resources available to you. Your enrollment representative will be happy to discuss those options with you. Learn more about your tuition and financial options.

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