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Best Online Doctoral Programs
Top Consensus Ranked Schools for Online Doctorates 2021

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An online PhD or professional doctorate is the real deal. Working professionals who want to earn the highest degree in their field – along with the expertise, respect, and career advancement that comes with it – no longer have to take time away from their career to go back to school. They don’t even have to spend their evenings commuting to night classes, or lose their weekends to intensive courses. The revolution in online learning over the last decade means that many of the most prestigious, reputable, and influential universities in the nation offer fully online doctoral programs in a wide variety of fields. 

You may not be able to get your MD fully online, but you can get an online Doctor of Public Health from the University of North Carolina’s Gilling School, the highest-ranked public school of public health. You can get doctorates in engineering, computer science, social work, education, psychology, and more – the list goes on and on. Building on your experience as a working professional, and using cutting-edge technology, you can complete an online doctorate in just a year or two in some cases, often without ever having to go to campus. Not from fly-by-night diploma mills, but from trusted institutions with vast reach and job market advantages. 

Ranking the Best Online Doctoral Program: College Consensus Methodology

To rank the best online doctoral programs, College Consensus editors turned to the best tool we have: the Consensus itself. We researched Consensus-ranked institutions offering at least one fully online doctoral program, then ranked them according to their Consensus Score. With the Consensus method, we offer students a ranking based on a wide range of expert opinion and student reviews. 

1

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

UPenn
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
86.5
College Consensus
95.7
Publisher Consensus
77.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

2

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI

michigan ann arbor
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
86
College Consensus
92.8
Publisher Consensus
79.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

3

Columbia University in the City of New York
New York, NY

columbia
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
85.2
College Consensus
94.1
Publisher Consensus
76.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

4

University of Virginia-Main Campus
Charlottesville, VA

U Virginia
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
85.1
College Consensus
90.4
Publisher Consensus
79.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

5

University of California-Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

berkeleycampus
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
85
College Consensus
93.3
Publisher Consensus
76.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

6

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

unc CH
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
84.1
College Consensus
88.9
Publisher Consensus
79.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

7

University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

palm trees and a large brick campus building
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
82.7
College Consensus
90.3
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

8

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

madison UW
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
81.5
College Consensus
83.1
Publisher Consensus
79.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

9

Purdue University-Main Campus
West Lafayette, IN

purdue
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80
College Consensus
81.8
Publisher Consensus
78.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

10

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL

Illinois Urbana
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80
College Consensus
83.8
Publisher Consensus
76.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

11

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
79.4
College Consensus
88
Publisher Consensus
70.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

12

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

UofSouthernCalifornia
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
79.2
College Consensus
80.2
Publisher Consensus
78.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

13

Texas A & M University-College Station
College Station, TX

Texas AandM
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78.4
College Consensus
80.4
Publisher Consensus
76.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

14

Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA

CMU Pitt
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77.5
College Consensus
82.3
Publisher Consensus
72.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

15

Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
76.5
College Consensus
76
Publisher Consensus
77
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

16

California State University-Channel Islands
Camarillo, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74.5
College Consensus
74.3
Publisher Consensus
74.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

17

University of Georgia
Athens, GA

UGA Arch
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74.1
College Consensus
69.2
Publisher Consensus
79
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

18

North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Raleigh, NC

NCSU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74
College Consensus
73.1
Publisher Consensus
74.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

19

Ohio State University-Main Campus
Columbus, OH

Ohio State U
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.1
College Consensus
69.8
Publisher Consensus
76.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

20

Appalachian State University
Boone, NC

App state
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.1
College Consensus
68.3
Publisher Consensus
77.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

21

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Minneapolis, MN

University Minnesota Twin Cities
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.8
College Consensus
72.4
Publisher Consensus
73.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

22

Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

fsu
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.7
College Consensus
67.5
Publisher Consensus
78
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

23

George Washington University
Washington, DC

George Washington University 1
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.5
College Consensus
74.4
Publisher Consensus
70.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

24

Boston University
Boston, MA

Boston University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.5
College Consensus
72.5
Publisher Consensus
72.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

25

Rutgers University-New Brunswick
New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers University New Brunswick
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.6
College Consensus
70
Publisher Consensus
73.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

26

Indiana University-Bloomington
Bloomington, IN

Indiana University Bloomington
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.2
College Consensus
64.1
Publisher Consensus
78.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

27

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Socorro, NM

new mexico tech campus
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.1
College Consensus
67.8
Publisher Consensus
72.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

28

University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

University of Illinois at Chicago
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70
College Consensus
73.5
Publisher Consensus
66.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

29

Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX

SMU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.9
College Consensus
64.5
Publisher Consensus
75.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

30

New York University
New York, NY

NYU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.4
College Consensus
65
Publisher Consensus
73.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

31

University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

University Iowa
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.3
College Consensus
62.1
Publisher Consensus
76.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

32

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

U Arizona
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.3
College Consensus
64.6
Publisher Consensus
73.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

33

Goshen College
Goshen, IN

Goshen
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.2
College Consensus
72
Publisher Consensus
66.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

34

Villanova University
Villanova, PA

Villanova
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.2
College Consensus
63.7
Publisher Consensus
74.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

35

California State University-Fresno
Fresno, CA

Fresno State
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.9
College Consensus
67.8
Publisher Consensus
70
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

36

University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Amherst, MA

University of Massachusetts Amherst
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.6
College Consensus
62.8
Publisher Consensus
74.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

37

Clemson University
Clemson, SC

Clemson University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.5
College Consensus
59.3
Publisher Consensus
77.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

38

Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY

Stony Brook University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67.2
College Consensus
69.4
Publisher Consensus
65.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

39

Saint Mary's College
Notre Dame, IN

Saint Marys College Indiana
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.9
College Consensus
64.4
Publisher Consensus
69.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

40

Iowa State University
Ames, IA

ISU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.3
College Consensus
56.8
Publisher Consensus
75.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

41

Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO

Colorado School of Mines
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.9
College Consensus
58.5
Publisher Consensus
73.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

42

American University
Washington, DC

American University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.8
College Consensus
58.3
Publisher Consensus
73.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

43

Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.3
College Consensus
57.4
Publisher Consensus
73.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

44

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, MA

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.1
College Consensus
55.7
Publisher Consensus
74.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

45

Howard University
Washington, DC

howard u
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.9
College Consensus
59.5
Publisher Consensus
70.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

46

Radford University
Radford, VA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.7
College Consensus
56.2
Publisher Consensus
73.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

47

University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL

University Central Florida
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.6
College Consensus
55.4
Publisher Consensus
73.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

48

La Salle University
Philadelphia, PA

La Salle University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.5
College Consensus
61.9
Publisher Consensus
67.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

49

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Chester, PA

West Chester University Pennsylvania
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.3
College Consensus
61.4
Publisher Consensus
67.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

50

Towson University
Towson, MD

towson university
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.2
College Consensus
59.7
Publisher Consensus
68.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

51

Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI

Michigan Tech
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.2
College Consensus
53.2
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

52

Webster University
Saint Louis, MO

Webster University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.7
College Consensus
56.9
Publisher Consensus
70.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

53

Winona State University
Winona, MN

Winona State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.7
College Consensus
55.9
Publisher Consensus
71.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

54

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
Pittsburgh, PA

University of Pittsburgh Campus
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.5
College Consensus
50.8
Publisher Consensus
76.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

55

Rutgers University-Newark
Newark, NJ

rutgers newark
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.5
College Consensus
55.7
Publisher Consensus
71.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

56

University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY

University at Buffalo
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.4
College Consensus
58.9
Publisher Consensus
67.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

57

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

University of utah
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.1
College Consensus
54.1
Publisher Consensus
72
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

58

Illinois State University
Normal, IL

Illinois State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.9
College Consensus
55.1
Publisher Consensus
70.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

59

Colorado State University-Fort Collins
Fort Collins, CO

Colorado State University Fort Collins
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.7
College Consensus
50.1
Publisher Consensus
75.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

60

Baylor University
Waco, TX

Baylor University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.6
College Consensus
50.2
Publisher Consensus
74.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

61

University of Minnesota-Duluth
Duluth, MN

University of Minnesota Duluth
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61.8
College Consensus
53.2
Publisher Consensus
70.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

62

The University of West Florida
Pensacola, FL

University West Florida
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61.5
College Consensus
49.5
Publisher Consensus
73.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

63

Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, MO

Saint Louis University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61.3
College Consensus
50.6
Publisher Consensus
71.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

64

Notre Dame of Maryland University
Baltimore, MD

Notre Dame of Maryland University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.8
College Consensus
56.2
Publisher Consensus
65.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

65

Bradley University
Peoria, IL

Bradley
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.8
College Consensus
48.9
Publisher Consensus
72.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

66

University of South Florida-Main Campus
Tampa, FL

University South Florida Main
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.6
College Consensus
50.4
Publisher Consensus
70.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

67

University of Denver
Denver, CO

U Denver
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60
College Consensus
46.7
Publisher Consensus
73.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

68

Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA

gonzaga
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.9
College Consensus
45.9
Publisher Consensus
73.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

69

Concordia University-Saint Paul
Saint Paul, MN

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.7
College Consensus
47.1
Publisher Consensus
72.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

70

Fordham University
Bronx, NY

Fordham University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.6
College Consensus
44.5
Publisher Consensus
74.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

71

SUNY at Albany
Albany, NY

SUNY Albany
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.3
College Consensus
54.3
Publisher Consensus
64.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

72

Florida International University
Miami, FL

FIU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
58.9
College Consensus
46.4
Publisher Consensus
71.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

73

University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

University of Kansas
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
57.4
College Consensus
39.1
Publisher Consensus
75.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

74

Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, TX

Texas Christian University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
57.4
College Consensus
36.9
Publisher Consensus
77.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

75

Auburn University
Auburn, AL

Auburn University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56.1
College Consensus
34.8
Publisher Consensus
77.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

76

Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56
College Consensus
44.9
Publisher Consensus
67
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

77

University of Dayton
Dayton, OH

dayton chapel
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.9
College Consensus
35.3
Publisher Consensus
76.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

78

Creighton University
Omaha, NE

creighton
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.8
College Consensus
39.8
Publisher Consensus
71.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

79

University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO

University of Missouri Columbia
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.8
College Consensus
36.6
Publisher Consensus
75
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

80

Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR

OSU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.3
College Consensus
36.4
Publisher Consensus
74.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

81

East Carolina University
Greenville, NC

East Carolina University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55
College Consensus
31.6
Publisher Consensus
78.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

82

Lewis University
Romeoville, IL

lewis u
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55
College Consensus
45.3
Publisher Consensus
64.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

83

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Knoxville, TN

Tennessee Knoxville
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
54.9
College Consensus
38.1
Publisher Consensus
71.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

84

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE

unl
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
54.7
College Consensus
38.8
Publisher Consensus
70.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

85

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
Baton Rouge, LA

lsubr
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
54.5
College Consensus
30.7
Publisher Consensus
78.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

86

Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

Temple University 1
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
53.9
College Consensus
41.3
Publisher Consensus
66.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

87

University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
53.4
College Consensus
30.7
Publisher Consensus
76.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

88

University of South Carolina-Columbia
Columbia, SC

SC
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
52.3
College Consensus
27.1
Publisher Consensus
77.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

89

Holy Family University
Philadelphia, PA

backpacks college college students 1454360
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
52
College Consensus
37.7
Publisher Consensus
66.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

90

DePaul University
Chicago, IL

DePaul University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
51.9
College Consensus
31.6
Publisher Consensus
72.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

91

University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus
Denver, CO

University of Colorado DenverAnschutz Medical Campus
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
51.8
College Consensus
30.8
Publisher Consensus
72.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

92

Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX

Texas Tech University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
50.3
College Consensus
25.4
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

93

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL

UAB
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
49.4
College Consensus
24.1
Publisher Consensus
74.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

94

Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, CA

Azusa Pacific University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
49.4
College Consensus
24.4
Publisher Consensus
74.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

95

Bethel University (MN)
Saint Paul, MN

Bethel University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
48.6
College Consensus
23.1
Publisher Consensus
74
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

96

University of North Carolina Wilmington
Wilmington, NC

unc Wilmington
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
48.2
College Consensus
19.9
Publisher Consensus
76.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

97

Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA

Duquesne
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
47.8
College Consensus
24.7
Publisher Consensus
70.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

98

Bellarmine University
Louisville, KY

Bellarmine University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
47.6
College Consensus
26.6
Publisher Consensus
68.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

99

Quinnipiac University
Hamden, CT

Quinnipiac University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
46.6
College Consensus
19.7
Publisher Consensus
73.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: March, 2021

Are Online Doctoral Programs Respected? 

When professionals think of pursuing their doctorate degrees, what comes to their mind is “are online PhDs respected?”All online programs are respected as long as they are from institutions that are accredited by relevant bodies, and online doctoral programs are no exemption. Most people who want to pursue a doctoral degree are busy professionals who are not able to accommodate a traditional course of study. The best online PhD programs are offered in regionally accredited institutions. An independent body such as WSCUC reviews the degree programs offered in the institution and judges them on different factors before giving accreditation.

Accredited online PhD programs are available in many U.S. universities, both public and private. Online PhDs are just as challenging as traditional PhDs. Students that choose to pursue a doctorate degree online are self-motivated and enjoy the freedom of choosing how long they want to take to finish their doctorate. This aspect of online education helps students prove to their employers or prospective employers that they are disciplined and self-driven. Actually, 79% of organizations see the value of online degrees and say that they had hired an applicant with an online degree in the last year according to research by Society for Human Resources Management.

How Long Do Online Doctorate Programs Take?

Enrolling in a doctorate program is a big commitment and a huge step towards advancing one’s career and achieving excellence in any field. The length of time it takes to complete an online doctorate program depends on the type of program and how many credits it requires to complete. Most traditional PhD programs take between four to seven years but students are allowed up to ten years to complete.

Online programs give students the flexibility to pursue their doctorate at their own pace. There are accelerated doctoral programs online that take as short as one year to complete. The length also depends on whether you have a master’s degree or you are pursuing a direct entry PhD. A master’s degree may allow students to transfer some credits to their doctorate. On the other hand, direct entry programs may require students to take extra credits. The shortest doctoral programs online are found in public service, law, government, engineering, education, and arts programs.

The quickest PhD ever is a PhD in philosophy. As long as one already has some publications, one can become a doctor of philosophy in less than a year. One can also pursue 1-year doctoral programs online in other fields of study as long as they are ready to spend enough time studying and researching.

Do I Have to Write a Dissertation for an Online PhD?

As much as getting a doctoral degree has many benefits, the work that goes into achieving it requires much dedication. There are many roadblocks on the road to achieving your PhD, including family responsibilities, work, time, and money. Many professionals looking to further their educations are always asking, “What is the easiest doctorate degree?” Well, there are no dissertation PhD programs. Accelerated PhD programs do not require a dissertation to graduate and take one year to complete. One-year doctorate programs are available in select universities across the country but are more intensive and require students to study full time. Some of the programs that do not require a dissertation include Doctor of Management (DM), Juris doctorates, law degree (JD), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), and Doctor of Education (EdD).

The most common doctorate degree online no dissertation is the Doctorate in Leadership. This is a doctorate that applies in many disciplines including Organizational Leadership, Leadership and Management, and Higher Education Leadership. Traditional doctoral programs use dissertations to assess the student’s knowledge in the field. Universities that offer accelerated doctoral programs understand that it is not the only way to assess the student’s knowledge in the field and they use other parameters such as doctoral capstone projects. Students that already have published books and journals can also take their doctoral degree programs without a dissertation.

Are There Any PhD Programs Without GRE or GMAT Requirements?

The online no GRE PhD programs are gaining popularity in many universities. These universities instead use the student’s professional experience, academic merits, and their motivation among other factors to admit them to their graduate programs. The GRE can be a big hurdle for students who want to pursue their PhD programs but do not have the time and money to invest in studying for the standardized exams. There are a number of PhD programs that do not require GRE online and others that the GRE can be waived under special circumstances.

Do I Need a Master’s Degree to Enroll in an Online Doctoral Program?

There are a number of PhD programs without requiring a master’s degree in many universities in the U.S. Some accept students with undergraduate degrees into their doctoral programs and award them the master’s degree during the course after a certain amount of coursework has been completed. Others have specific stipulations for students applying for their doctoral programs without a master’s degree. For example, many universities will allow registered nurses to pursue their doctoral degrees if they pass an interview. There are universities that will confer a master’s degree once a student is admitted to the doctoral program. Universities offering PhD without a master’s admit exceptional students with outstanding grades and sometimes at least two years of professional experience.