Best New Online PhD Programs

  • 2K Views
  • Last Post 10 May 2013
VickyPhillips posted this 06 May 2011 - Last edited 14 March 2016

I just received an email from a site user who wanted to know how many online Phd degrees there are in the USA. Great question!

Get Educated profiles hundreds accredited online PhD & doctorate degrees.

Northcentral University appears to offer the most online doctorates while there are several interesting or unusual doctorate degrees online, like the one in Sports Management Education from the United States Sports Academy a regionally accredited college that specializes in -- you guessed it! -- sports degrees.

Help us gather more data. Suggest a distance learning doctoral program that is not in our data base. We're especially looking for affordable state or public universities that offer online degree programs nationwide.

Vicky Phillips

31 Comments
ndlovu posted this 14 June 2011 - Last edited 06 August 2015

Most interesting information. Thank you! Are there any PhD programs in USA that are by dissertation (Thesis) only from accredited Universities ? It seems that Jones International has such a program for a research PhD by dissertation only but it is very expensive. Any comments would be most welcome.

VickyPhillips posted this 14 June 2011 - Last edited 26 October 2015

Hi NDLovu,

The Get Educated online degree directory lists 113 accredited online doctorate programs BUT these are all in the USA and subject the USA model of education.

I think you will find that none of the online PHD programs in the Get Educated directory are by dissertation only, meaning that no formal course work is required only a research project that leads to the PHD.

The dissertation only doctorate is available from some European and Australian open university degree programs but GetEducated focuses on accredited online colleges in the USA.

In the USA in distance learning the most common practice is that online PHD programs do NOT require a research thesis. Instead, they require more courses and a final practical applied project. The bias is the US is that older non-traditional students tend to enroll in distance doctorates and that these students want to be practitioners rather than academic researchers.

You will need to look toward open universities from countries like South Africa and Australia if you specifically want a distance learning research-only PHD program online.

If you know of properly accredited European open learning doctorates that are research only please let our site users know.

All the Best

Vicky Phillips
GetEducated.com

ndlovu posted this 14 June 2011 - Last edited 06 August 2015

Hi Vicky, Many thanks for your detailed reply. I will certainly share information. I was told by an enrolment adviser at Jones IU that they had a PhD program based on a research thesis only. They seem therefore to have a combination of both models. But as the cost was in the region of $45000 for the program it was off putting to say the least as the researcher does all the work anyway ! Hence my earlier question. Many thanks!

VickyPhillips posted this 15 June 2011 - Last edited 06 August 2015

Hi NDLovu,

Thank you for the feedback. That's interesting, about Jones IU.

They do have online doctorates in business (DBA) and education but both these PhD degrees have a set of mandatory courses that have to be taken related to core theory and then they have a set of mandatory courses that they require distance students to take to learn how to write and to draft a final project (practitioner's thesis).

I think maybe that admission advisor was mistaken that there are no required courses.

Or maybe they meant there is a practitioner's thesis PLUS courses? I don't see how a research-only thesis could be possible unless there is something special about your case in terms of doctoral study. Did you do doctorate study before and get to the point of ABT (all but thesis?)

Perhaps we mean something different by research-only thesis?

Below is the required curriculum for the online doctorate education and the online DBA at JIU Online.

Online PHd Education --

CURRICULUM 3 Doctoral Colloquia Courses – No Cost No Credit 11 Core Content Courses 33 Credits 1 Mandatory Research Course 3 Credits 1 Research Courses 3 Credits 0 Inquiry Course No Credit 1 Comprehensive Written Examination Course 3 Credits 1 Formal Proposal Course 4 Credits 3 Dissertation Courses 12 Credits 0 Dissertation Critique Courses No Credit 14 Dissertation Writing Courses 14 Credits TOTAL Required for Graduation

72 Credit Hours 3 Doctoral Colloquia Courses – No Cost No Credit DOC900 Doctoral and Specialist Degrees: Year 1 Colloquium 11 Core Content Courses 33 Credits EDU790 Current K-12 Education Theories EDU791 Facilitating a Shared Vision of Learning EDU795 Public Knowledge and Public Responsibility EDU796 Ethical Leadership EDU797 Leadership and the Art of Change Management EDU798 Leading K-12 Organizations that Foster Learning EDU799 The Future of K-12 Education and Democracy EDU800 Collaboration and Learning in Diverse Communities EDU801 K-12 Education Policy Analysis for School Leaders EDU802 Understanding and Influencing Society EDU803 Managing Learning Organization Resources 1 Mandatory Research Course 3 Credits RES700 Foundations of Doctoral Research Methods 1 Research Courses 3 Credits RES701 Qualitative Doctoral Research Methods RES702 Quantitative Doctoral Research Methods 0 Inquiry Course No Credit

1 Comprehensive Written Examination Course 3 Credits EDU850 Comprehensive Examination, School of Education 1 Formal Proposal Course 4 Credits EDU851 Formal Proposal, School of Education 3 Dissertation Courses 12 Credits EDU890 Dissertation 1, School of Education EDU891 Dissertation 2, School of Education EDU892 Dissertation 3, School of Education 0 Dissertation Critique Courses No Credit

14 Dissertation Writing Courses 14 Credits DOC910 Foundations of Doctoral Writing DOC911 Foundations of Doctoral Research DOC912 Structure of the Literature Review DOC913 Developing the Research Question DOC914 Structure of the Research Methodology DOC915 First Draft of the Literature Review DOC916 First Draft of the Methodology Chapter DOC917 Second Draft of the Literature Review DOC918 Second Draft of the Methodology Chapter DOC919 First Draft of the Introduction DOC920 Final Draft of the Literature Review DOC921 Final Draft of the Methodology Chapter DOC922 Final Draft of the Introduction DOC923 Dissertation Chapter 3:3 Final

Online PHD Business Required Courses

CURRICULUM 1 Orientation Course - no cost No Credit 8 Business Foundations Courses 24 Credits 4 Research Courses 12 Credits 1 Comprehensive Written Examination Course 3 Credits 1 Formal Proposal Course 4 Credits 4 Dissertation Courses 16 Credits 0 Dissertation Critique Courses No Credit 13 Dissertation Writing Courses 13 Credits TOTAL Required for Graduation

72 Credit Hours 1 Orientation Course - no cost No Credit DOC900 Doctoral and Specialist Programs: Year 1 Colloquium 8 Business Foundations Courses 24 Credits BA710 Foundations of Management Science BA711 International Business Management BA712 Organizational Development BA713 Leadership and Organizations BA714 Sustainability and Innovation in the Business Enterprise BA715 Organizational Measurement and Assessment I BA716 Organizational Measurement and Assessment II BA717 Strategic Management 4 Research Courses 12 Credits RES700 Foundations of Doctoral Research Methods RES701 Qualitative Doctoral Research Methods RES702 Quantitative Doctoral Research Methods RES703 Advanced Quantitative Doctoral Research Methods 1 Comprehensive Written Examination Course 3 Credits BA730 Comprehensive Examination 1 Formal Proposal Course 4 Credits BA731 Formal Proposal – School of Business 4 Dissertation Courses 16 Credits BA820 DBA Project: Data Gathering BA821 DBA Project: Analysis BA822 DBA Project: Results BA823 DBA Project: Final Defense 0 Dissertation Critique Courses No Credit

13 Dissertation Writing Courses 13 Credits DOC910 Foundations of Doctoral Writing DOC911 Foundations of Doctoral Research DOC912 Structure of the Literature Review DOC913 Developing the Research Question DOC914 Structure of the Research Methodology DOC915 First Draft of the Literature Review DOC916 First Draft of the Methodology Chapter DOC917 Second Draft of the Literature Review DOC918 Second Draft of the Methodology Chapter DOC919 First Draft of the Introduction DOC920 Final Draft of the Literature Review DOC921 Final Draft of the Methodology Chapter DOC922 Final Draft of the Introduction

Maybe we are defining the research-only thesis doctorate differently? If you do find a non-course research thesis-only doctorate in the USA let us know. I am sorry if I misconstrued your question.

Mostly a doctorate in the USE will require 60-72 credits of formal coursework beyond the masters degree -- then a practitioner's project or pracitioners thesis as they are sometimes called.

All the Best Vicky Phillips

ndlovu wrote:

Hi Vicky, Many thanks for your detailed reply. I will certainly share information. I was told by an enrolment adviser at Jones IU that they had a PhD program based on a research thesis only. They seem therefore to have a combination of both models. But as the cost was in the region of $45000 for the program it was off putting to say the least as the researcher does all the work anyway ! Hence my earlier question. Many thanks!

dhandlos posted this 28 June 2011 - Last edited 06 August 2015

I've been researching a number of different degree programs, and found one PhD program in the field of "Technology Management" from Indiana State University: http://technology.indstate.edu/consortphd/

It's actually a program run by a consortium of schools, including ISU: - Bowling Green State University - East Carolina University - Indiana State University - North Carolina A&T

I'm still reading, but it would require 2 on-campus sessions of 5 days during what they term their "residency" year, although they can be scheduled to include weekends.

It sounds interesting so far, but I may have to call them for some details about the coursework.

dhandlos posted this 29 June 2011 - Last edited 06 August 2015

Another online doctorate is the Ph.D. in Human Capital Management at Bellevue University (http://www.bellevue.edu/degrees/phd/human-capital-mgmt/). If someone is working in the corporate field, especially HR, this could be a good program to look into.

I can't say HR is my field, but I have taken some business/information systems classes at Bellevue, and they were quite challenging. With online coursework they usually keep you hopping by giving credit for participation in the message boards (ex. The first person to post a new topic gets 10 points, etc.).

Also, they are a regionally accredited institution, and their business programs are IACBE-accredited as well!

VickyPhillips posted this 29 June 2011 - Last edited 26 October 2015

Thanks much DHandlos for the insider's tip and insight on the Bellevue Online degree program.

We have Bellevue University Online in the distance degree database and they are on several of our online college rankings best buy lists for affordable online degrees from regionally accredited schools.

This Online Doctorate is not in our database yet though, so it's a good find which may help others looking for solid online phd programs from regionally accredited universities.

Send more tips as you find them!

Vicky Phillips Founder
Get Educated

VickyPhillips posted this 29 June 2011 - Last edited 26 October 2015

Hi DHandlos,

Another great find not yet in our online phd directory. Indiana State University is in my home state of .. well you guessed it .. Indiana.

Melissa, who oversees our university directory is an alumn of Indiana State University too.

We have many online masters and doctorate programs from Indiana State University in our database.

We do not yet list this particular distance degree though. ISU offers a number of distance degrees, many focused on state residents with limited residency like the one you have noted. They are exceptionally affordable.

Back when I lived in Indiana they used a satellite TV system called IHETS to deliver distance degree courses via live interactive TV. They are offering more and more of their courses and degrees online now. The state consortium model is becoming popular and can be a good way to earn a degree cost effectively when state universities unite like this.

Great find! Thanks again for the tip.

Vicky Phillips
Founder - GetEducated.com And Hoosier by birth and inclination

ndlovu posted this 29 June 2011 - Last edited 06 August 2015

Dhandlos and Vicky. Thank you both for sharing such fascinating information. It is all quite an eye opener.

ndlovu posted this 05 July 2011 - Last edited 06 August 2015

Hi Vicky and others,

We do not appear to have a best buy for doctorates. I thought that I would share with you a very good DBA buy from a DETC accredited University. California Intercontinental University in Diamond Bar CA, offers an online DBA for under $16k. It is a well run university with excellent staff and standards. The workload is tough. That is good. The President is a dynamic leader. It would be nice if we could have a best buy doctorates list in due course.

VickyPhillips posted this 05 July 2011 - Last edited 26 October 2015

Hello,

You are quite right that Get Educated does not yet have an official best online doctorate ranking list for affordability.

We'd love to do rankings of online doctorate degrees for affordability BUT until we get around to it you can create your own instant ranking by cost list by searching our college directory for all accredited online PHD programs .. once you get that list HIT the SORT BY "COST" button at the top and the system will create an instant ranking of all distance doctorate degrees by cost for you at anytime.

In the meantime .. anyone can find out more about the California Intercontinental University online doctorate by clicking this link (DETC accredited online PHD).

Thanks for the tip. Distance PHD degrees are harder to rank by cost bcs. some are thesis based and some practitioner based and some require masters and some do not so require more foundation courses. There are more and more online doctorate degrees though so we'll have an index in the next year if all goes well.

Vicky Phillips
Founder, Get Educated

dhandlos posted this 11 July 2011 - Last edited 14 March 2016

Another note...Mississippi State University Bagley College of Engineering Online PHD has really ramped up their online offerings of late. Initially, I think they only had a PhD in Engineering, with an industrial engineering concentration. Now, they've added 3 others:

    PhD in Community College Leadership
    PhD in Computer Engineering
    PhD in Electrical Engineering

Here is the URL to all online doctorate degrees in engineering in GE's directory.

I don't know enough about the school yet, but the fact that they offer distance engineering degrees that are ABET accredited, and their business degrees are AACSB accredited seems noteworthy.

VickyPhillips posted this 11 July 2011 - Last edited 26 October 2015

Thank you, David for the update on the new doctorates!

Mississippi State also ranks high in online college affordability, making the Get Educated best online business school aacsb ranking list for affordability.

Their Bagley Engineering school online is also ranked a top best buy for college affordability for their online masters in engineering.

Great find!

Vicky Phillips
GetEducated

Bessie11 posted this 13 July 2011 - Last edited 06 August 2015

Online education removes geographic and time barriers, allowing HR professionals countrywide an approach to continuing education according to their schedules,says Vicky Phillips, GetEducated.com Chief Education Analyst, but cost remains an inhibiting barrier. Online students need to know that value and quality can be found in one package. Get Educated is a very good example.

VickyPhillips posted this 13 July 2011 - Last edited 26 October 2015

Hi Bessie,

Thank you for the note.

Yes, Get Educated has been publishing factual rankings of the best online colleges for affordability for consumers for more than a decade. We try very hard to find and include colleges that you won't find at other online college directory sites. Since we do NOT get paid by the colleges for lead generation we are free to find and spotlight the best real low cost schools for consumers.

We hope you enjoy the site and look forward to your contributions.

Vicky Phillips
Founder - Get Educated

Bessie11 posted this 15 July 2011 - Last edited 06 August 2015

Hi David ,

Thak you for giving me reply .

dhandlos posted this 07 August 2011 - Last edited 26 October 2015

Everyone,

There's a brand-new doctorate that just started up this spring at Creighton University. They have an online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership.

Sounded pretty impressive after talking to admissions...they have it structured so that everyone takes one class at a time, with 8-week quarters, and there are two on-campus visits for residency that last four days each.

Even though it's an Ed.D., they stress that it's meant to be interdisciplinary, and people outside of the education field are allowed in as well.

dhandlos posted this 07 August 2011 - Last edited 26 October 2015

Also, anyone interested in an Online Doctor of Public Administration now has the option to pursue it online from Valdosta State University (Georgia)

If I'm reading this correctly, distance students have a tuition rate of $255/credit hour. I hope that I'm reading this correctly, because that's a fantastic value.

VickyPhillips posted this 08 August 2011 - Last edited 26 October 2015

Hi David,

Yes, Melissa, who does the online college directory verification, says that you are correct about the cost given for Valdosta State University. It is the same also whether one is a Georgia resident or whether one takes the courses online. This is a great example where people from any state can use online learning to get great bargain tuition rates from state schools in areas where higher education is cheaper bcs. of low cost of living and great tax subsidies.

Thanks for this tip!

Vicky Phillips

Les Hollingsworth posted this 30 August 2011 - Last edited 06 August 2015

I've heard great things about Liberty University's online Doctor of Education. I've seen the LMS and it's very well organized and they offer a big discount for military and their spouses.

Show More Posts