In today's competitive market, the demand for specialized knowledge is ever growing. Take the next step in your career by earning your doctoral degree from Grand Canyon University (GCU). Our College of Doctoral Studies offers advanced degrees such as a Doctor of Business Administration and a Doctor of Education with several emphases.

Learners begin their dissertation process as part of conventional coursework and participate in residencies to engage with faculty and colleagues in a scholarly environment. Achieve your personal and professional educational goals while impacting the global community. Learn more about programs offered in the College of Doctoral Studies.


The DC Network

The Doctoral Community Network TM (DC Network) is a vibrant online learning community that allows you to create and share content related to your discipline with other learners and faculty members at GCU. Collaborate and connect with scholars who have similar academic interests through interactive communication, instant notification of new content and indexed search functionality.

The Doctoral Journey

Visit our blog, The Doctoral Journey, where doctoral students, faculty and professionals share insights and field experiences. Our posts include insight into dissertation writing, information about our PhD programs, spolights on our outstanding learners and much more.

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Doctoral Residencies

All doctoral learners, excluding those in the education specialist program, are required to attend residencies as part of their degree program. Email your residency questions to residency@gcu.edu or contact your student services counselor with any questions.

Doctoral Residency 2018

Doctoral Residency Tuition and Fees:

  • Doctoral Residency is a 3-credit course subject to applicable tuition rates.
  • Doctoral Residency is subject to the Course Withdrawal Policy and Tuition Refund Policy as outlined in the University Policy Handbook.
  • The Doctoral Residency fee is in addition to course tuition and will vary by location.
  • For 2018, the Doctoral Residency fee will be approximately $795 to $1,300.
  • The Doctoral Residency fee is non-refundable.

Your Doctoral Residency tuition and fee includes:

  • One-on-one coaching from faculty.
  • Hotel room for four nights (arrival Monday, departure Friday).
  • Wireless Internet access.
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2-4 dinners (varies by location) and daily snacks.

Learners are responsible for:

  • Any and all personal transportation during Doctoral Residency (excluding learner onsite transportation listed above).
  • Any charges related to travel including, but not limited to, change/transfer fees and cancellation fees.

Attendance at all sessions is required to receive credit. The College of Doctoral Studies allows you one spot at a Doctoral Residency each year. You are not guaranteed a new spot if a previous registration has been canceled in the same year. Doctoral Residency requirements must be fulfilled before proceeding in your program.

  • Doctoral learners are required to attend two Doctoral Residencies as part of their degree programs.
  • Residency 1 - RSD 851: Learners must attend the first Doctoral Residency by 24 credits. You should schedule the first Doctoral Residency between the fifth course and the eighth course.
  • Residency 2 - RSD 881: Learners must attend the second Doctoral Residency by 42 credits. You should schedule the second Doctoral Residency between the 10th course and the 14th course.
  • If you are unable to attend the first Doctoral Residency by 24 credits or the second Doctoral Residency by 42 credits, you will not be allowed to register for additional courses until the Residency requirement is met.

To help ensure a successful Doctoral Residency, we suggest that you confirm the following as soon as possible:

  • Airline Reservation
    • Compare airlines for the best price and book early to secure your seat at Doctoral Residency.
    • Changes and/or cancellation are the learner's responsibility.
    • Plan travel to accommodate arriving in Phoenix by 10 am on Monday and the course ending at noon on Friday.
    • Submit your travel plans on your personal travel web form 45 days before your Doctoral Residency date to complete your registration process.
  • Tuition (learner's account must be in good standing to attend Doctoral Residency)
  • Food budget (consider expenses while en route, as well as meals, drinks or snacks outside of what the university provides).
  • Time off (confirmed with workplace/employer)
  • Family schedule (confirmed support systems are in place during time away from home)
  • Doctoral Residency Pre-Assignment (completed and deposited in your classroom assignment folder)
  • Business casual attire (no jeans or shorts); dress in layers of clothing (outside/inside temperatures vary)
  • Laptop, chargers, power cords and electronic version of textbooks
  • Special needs communicated to disabilityoffice@gcu.edu at least a month prior to arrival

Please feel free to email your Doctoral Residency questions to residency@gcu.edu or contact your student services counselor.

Doctoral Residency Date Online Course Start Date Location
May 21 – 25, 2018 May 10, 2018 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
June 4 – 8, 2018 May 24, 2018 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
June 11 – 15, 2018 May 31, 2018 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
June 18 – 22, 2018 June 7, 2018 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
June 25 – 29, 2018 June 14, 2018 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
July 9 – 13, 2018 June 28, 2018 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
July 16 – 20, 2018 July 5, 2018 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
July 23 – 27, 2018 July 12, 2018 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
July 30 – Aug. 3, 2018 July 19, 2018 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
Aug. 13 – 17, 2018 Aug. 2, 2018 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
Aug. 27 – 31, 2018 Aug. 16, 2018 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
Sept. 10 – 14, 2018 Aug. 30, 2018 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
Sept. 17 – 21, 2018 Sept. 6, 2018 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
Sept. 24 – 28, 2018 Sept. 13, 2018 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
Oct. 8 – 12, 2018 Sept. 27, 2018 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
Oct. 22 – 26, 2018 Oct. 11, 2018 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
Nov. 5 – 9, 2018 Oct. 25, 2018 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
Nov. 12 – 16, 2018 Nov. 1, 2018 GCU Hotel and Conference Center
Dec. 3 – 7, 2018 Nov. 22, 2018 GCU Hotel and Conference Center


Dissertation Intensive Seminar

The Dissertation Intensive Seminar allows you to evaluate and assess the practicality of your prospectus, proposal or final dissertation. These hands-on opportunities provide access to personal feedback from faculty members. Although the Dissertation Intensive Seminar is  optional, we strongly encourage learners who would like to develop or revise a draft of their prospectus, proposal or dissertation to attend.

Objectives
During the Dissertation Intensive Seminar, strong focus is placed on writing, research, analysis and quality. You can expect to:

  • Focus and gain substantial progress in the development of your prospectus, proposal or dissertation
  • Participate in mentoring and content sessions for personalized writing and research coaching
  • Receive immediate feedback and assistance in an academic environment

Dissertation Intensive Seminars 2018

Dissertation Intensive Seminar Tuition and Fees:

  • The Dissertation Intensive Seminar is offered as either a 0-credit course (not subject to tuition rates) or as a 3-credit course (subject to applicable tuition rates).
  • The Dissertation Intensive Seminar is subject to the Course Withdrawal Policy and Tuition Refund Policy as outlined in the University Policy Handbook.
  • The Dissertation Intensive Seminar fee is in addition to applicable course tuition (if taken for credit).
  • For 2018, the Dissertation Seminar fee will be $1295 for 0-credit option and $795 for 3-credit option.
  • The Dissertation Intensive Seminar fee is non-refundable.

Your Dissertation Intensive Seminar fee includes:

  • One-on-one coaching from faculty.
  • Hotel room for four nights (arrival Monday, departure Friday).
  • Wireless Internet access.
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners and daily snacks.

Learners are responsible for:

  • Any and all personal transportation during the Dissertation Intensive Seminar (excluding learner onsite transportation listed above).
  • Any charges related to travel including, but not limited to, change/transfer fees and cancellation fees.

Attending a Dissertation Intensive Seminar is not required for academic progression courses. Attendance is optional.

To help ensure a successful Dissertation Intensive Seminar, we suggest that you confirm the following as soon as possible:

  • Airline Reservation
    • Compare airlines for the best price and book early to secure your seat at Dissertation Intensive Seminar.
    • Changes and/or cancellation are the learner’s responsibility.
    • Plan travel to accommodate arriving in Phoenix by 10 am on Monday and course ending at noon on Friday.
    • Submit your travel plans on your personal travel web form 45 days before your Dissertation Intensive Seminar date to complete your registration process.
  • Tuition (your account must be in good standing to attend Dissertation Intensive Seminar)
  • Food budget (consider expenses while en route, meals, drinks or snacks outside of what the university provides)
  • Time off (confirmed with workplace/employer)
  • Family schedule (confirmed support systems are in place during time away from home)
  • Business casual attire (no jeans or shorts); dress in layers of clothing (outside/inside temperatures vary)
  • Laptop, chargers, power cords and electronic version of textbooks
  • Special needs communicated to disabilityoffice@gcu.edu at least a month prior to arrival 

Please email your Dissertation Intensive Seminar questions to residency@gcu.edu or contact your student services counselor.

Date Location
Feb. 12 – 16, 2018 GCU Campus/Hotel
March 19 – 23, 2018 GCU Campus/Hotel
April 9 – 13, 2018 GCU Campus/Hotel
June 4 – 8, 2018 GCU Campus/Hotel
July 9 – 13, 2018 GCU Campus/Hotel
July 23 – 27, 2018 GCU Campus/Hotel
Aug. 27 – 31, 2018 GCU Campus/Hotel
Sept. 10 – 14, 2018 GCU Campus/Hotel
Sept. 17 – 21, 2018 GCU Campus/Hotel
Oct. 8 – 12, 2018 GCU Campus/Hotel
Nov. 5 – 9, 2018 GCU Campus/Hotel

Grand Canyon University Promotes Ethical Research

Established IRB According to National Research Act
The National Research Act, passed by Congress in 1974, established the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research. The commission implements policies to safeguard the rights and well-being of human subjects involved in research. All institutions conducting or supporting studies must establish an IRB to approve and monitor research in accordance with the federal policy protecting human subjects during all phases of research.

Research Principles Align with the Belmont Report
The Belmont Report, published by the commission in 1974, is a statement of ethical principles and guidelines for those who conduct research using human participants or subjects. The report distinguishes between practice and research, defines basic ethical principles as they apply to research involving human subjects and provides guidelines in the application of those ethical principles. There are many instances in which practice and research overlap. External and objective review of protocols are required only when human subjects are used in some aspect of research. The IRB at GCU bases all decisions on approval of research protocols, according to the Belmont Report.

Application of the ethical principles:

  • Informed Consent ­– Providing opportunity for individuals to choose what shall or shall not happen to them; upholds the principle of respect for persons
  • Risk and Benefit Analysis – A balance between the risk to a human subject and the benefit gained from the research; establishes the beneficence of research on human subjects
  • Selection of Subjects – Researchers must exhibit fairness by avoiding preference among individuals or social biases in support of justice in human subject-based research

Research Ethics Training Required at GCU
According to GCU policy, all researchers must successfully complete research ethics training before applying for IRB approval. The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) involves web-based instruction in the ethics of research with human subjects. CITI training is free to GCU doctoral learners and faculty. Researchers must submit completion reports for the Basic Research Course for Social and Behavioral Sciences or Biomedical Research and the Responsible Conduct of Research Course as part of the IRB application. Training certification remains in effect for five years. View the steps to register and begin training. 

Registered with the Office for Human Research Protections
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), through its Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), is tasked with registering an IRB and developing the applicable guidelines and education. The IRB at GCU is registered with the OHRP and has gained Federalwide Assurance. This assures researchers within the GCU community abide by the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 45, Part 46 (45.CFR.46) and remain eligible to apply for and conduct federally funded research on human subjects.

Interested in Volunteering for Research at GCU?
Learn about your rights as a human subject and ethics policies to help determine if volunteering as a research participant is the right choice for you. Visit the OHRP website for more information. If you have you been contacted by a researcher at GCU to participate in a study and have questions or concerns, contact the Office of Research and Dissertations at irb@gcu.edu