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Becoming An Expert: Earning A PhD In Your Chosen Profession

For those who want to become a top-level expert in their field, a doctorate degree is the best way to get there.

It’s not easy. Earning a doctoral degree requires dedication and challenging work. It also means having to stay in school (or go back) long after your peers have moved into the workforce.

But there are many advantages to earning a PhD. They include:

Better pay. Numbers from the federal government indicate those with a PhD earned a median income of $1,743 a week, far more than those with a master’s degree ($1,401)

Job satisfaction. Studies have shown those with a doctorate degree rank among the highest in reporting job satisfaction.

Opening doors. With a PhD, many jobs become available, from research and education to the top leadership positions in your field.

Concordia University Chicago offers a range of PhD programs for those with the ambition and perseverance to earn a doctorate. They also offer degree programs online, offering flexibility for working professionals who want to schedule their classes around busy lives.

The Concordia University Chicago Difference

Concordia University Chicago takes an innovative approach to education. In addition to its online offerings, the school also offers specialized doctorate degree programs in specific fields, allowing students to learn cutting-edge knowledge in their area of interest.

The university emphasizes practical application of theory and research at the doctorate level.

The university offers many options for those wishing to earn a doctorate degree. Earning a PhD places a graduate at the pinnacle of their profession. Concordia University Chicago is committed to offering quality doctoral programs that help students achieve that goal. Explore options below.

Degree Program Specifications

The online doctorate programs each require 60-67 credit hours of online coursework, including a 6-credit dissertation in the final semester. Courses are eight weeks in duration, and students typically earn their degree in three to five years.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission into one of seven (7) specialized online doctorate degree program at Concordia University Chicago, students must have earned a master’s degree with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Other admissions requirements are as follows:

DBA

  • Official Transcripts – Provide one official, sealed transcript from each institution that has granted you a degree.
  • Letters of Recommendation – Send two letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to comment on your academic proficiency, professional competencies, personal character and potential for doctoral study.
  • Professional Resume – Provide a copy of your résumé or curriculum vitae, including relevant work experience, degrees, certifications and skills.
  • Writing Sample – Capture your goals and ambition for pursuing the Doctorate in Business Administration in approximately 2-3 pages, double-spaced, using proper grammar, professional writing style, and correct paragraph composition.  This is not your resume; it is an opportunity for you to present who you are, and how your academic and professional background has prepared you to pursue the DBA.

PhD/EdD

  • Objective Statement – Write a brief statement outlining your education and career goals and explain how earning your gerontology degree online from Concordia University Chicago will help you fulfill those objectives.
  • Official Transcripts – Provide one official, sealed transcript from each institution that has granted you a degree.
  • Graduate Exam Scores – Submit an official copy of your current Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores. (Test results must be dated within the prior three years). There is no minimum score required to be accepted.
  • Letters of Recommendation – Send two letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to comment on your academic proficiency, professional competencies, personal character and potential for doctoral study.
  • Professional Resume – Provide a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae, including relevant work experience, degrees, certifications, licensure and skills.
  • Writing Sample – Submit a paper that demonstrates your ability to write in a scholarly manner at a level typical of graduate work. A paper from your master’s program would be most appropriate. This sample should approach, but not exceed, five pages in length.

International applicants may be required to submit additional supporting materials, such as proof of English language proficiency and a foreign transcript evaluation from an approved credentialing service. For full requirements, visit the Admission & Tuition page. 

There is no application fee and no GRE requirement to apply for tehe online DBA degree program at Concordia University Chicago.

Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA)

Innovation, ingenuity and entrepreneurship are the backbone of the online Doctorate of Business Administration. Choose from two specialized tracks in Strategic Leadership and Innovation or Innovation in Health Care. These programs allow business leaders to attain knowledge and skills beyond what is learned at the master’s level. Graduates from these programs are prepared to take on the top-level jobs in business. 

The DBA in Strategic Leadership and Innovation provides students with the latest research, theory and practical strategies in business. Much of the focus includes the data analytics that drive much of decision-making in business today. Students also learn a global perspective on business and sociological issues that affect the worldwide marketplace.

The DBA in Innovation In Health Care provides a focus on research, theory and business strategy, but also the complexities and challenges of the healthcare industry. Health care faces more challenges than ever with both government laws and industry regulation, as well as pressure from financial constraints. Graduates from the DBA in Innovation In Health Care are equipped to deal with these issues, running organizations that provide quality care effectively and efficiently.

PhD/EdD Leadership: Higher Education Leadership

The online Doctorate in Leadership: Higher Education Leadership positions graudates to become valued experts and front-runners in their field. This program is specifically designed to produce graduates with expert-level higher education leadership skills. They learn of the challenges facing colleges and universities, as well as the proven strategies that address those issues. They also learn change management, research skills and making evidence-based decisions. From the moment they graduate, they are prepared to run an institution of higher learning. Two degree options available: a PhD and an EdD.

PhD/EdD Leadership: Organizational Leadership Specialization

The online Doctorate in Leadership: Organizational Leadership Specialization gives graduates skills to keep up with the ever-evolving innovation and technology of the business world. In this degree program, students learn to use the latest leadership theory in developing successful strategies for 21st century organizations. The use of technology and data to drive innovation and better decision-making skills is part of what they learn, as well as how to best use change management to improve work culture and production. Two degree options available: a PhD and an EdD.

PhD/EdD Leadership: Gerontology Specialization

The PhD and EdD Leadership program with a concentration on Gerontology prepares graduates for leadership positions in the research and treatment of age-related issues. As the U.S. population ages, this area has taken on even more importance in the healthcare industry. This degree program combines knowledge on research and theory from a variety of social and basic science disciplines. Graduates can go into research, education or service in both academic and non-academic environments.

Earning a PhD places a graduate at the pinnacle of their profession. Concordia University Chicago is committed to offering quality doctoral programs that help students achieve that goal.

Contact Information

Lori McGill-Sarago
Concordia University Chicago
Student Recruitment Manager

708-320-0152
Online.info@CUChicago.edu

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