FAQs - School of Advanced Studies

We welcome your questions. Here you will find some frequently asked questions and answers that will help you learn more about the School of Advanced Studies.

Our doctoral degree programs are focused on the fields of Business and Management, Education, Health Care, Nursing, and Psychology. Within these fields we have 10 doctoral programs, and a specialist degree.

Review our degree programs, and then speak with an Enrollment Representative to make sure your choice is available in your state.

A specialization places a specific emphasis of study within a larger degree program. The School of Advanced Studies offers three specializations within two degree programs:

  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Educational Technology
  • Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership with a Specialization in Information Systems and Technology

University of Phoenix doctoral programs are primarily online, with two or three face-to-face residency experiences depending on your program of study. The only exception is the Post-Master’s Educational Specialist degree, which does not have a residency. Residencies are available in select cities. This means you can attend class from anywhere in the world.

All of the School of Advanced Studies doctoral programs are online programs. While the doctoral programs have a face-to-face residency component, the courses are conducted primarily online. As an online learner, you will still have access to the facilities and support opportunities available at our more than 100 University of Phoenix campus locations.

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.

We have general computer requirements for online study, and we also provide an overview of the online learning format. It is required that students have a laptop computer to complete their face-to-face residencies. 

Our Online Learning System (OLS) is very intuitive and as easy to use as email. However, if you have any questions or experience any difficulties, we offer 24/7 doctoral-specific technical support on the Internet and over the phone, except for major holidays.

The School of Advanced Studies may accept between six and twelve doctoral-level credits, depending on the program, from a regionally or nationally accredited institution of higher learning. Read more about Transfer Information. To see if your previous coursework would apply, please contact an Enrollment Representative.

Moving is no problem when you are a learner at the School of Advanced Studies. You can continue your degree program online throughout your move anywhere in the world, as long as you have access to the Internet.

Yes, all School of Advanced 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.

No, doctoral degrees from University of Phoenix are not related to any type of certification or licensure for teaching or otherwise.

University of Phoenix, founded in 1976, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. The University began online operations in 1989 as one of the first accredited universities to provide college degree programs over the Internet. University of Phoenix is now the nation's largest private university. Learn more about our Accreditations and Licensures, including accreditation of our Doctor of Management and Doctor of Business Administration programs by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission which is a member of the North Central Association. University of Phoenix has been placed on Notice by the Higher Learning Commission. Notice is a Commission sanction indicating that an institution is pursuing a course of action that, if continued, could lead it to be out of compliance with one or more Criteria for Accreditation. An institution on Notice remains accredited. At the end of the notice period, the Board of Trustees may remove the sanction, place the institution on Probation if the identified concerns have not been addressed, or take other action. For additional information visit ncahlc.org.

Since every learner is unique and has different needs, University of Phoenix assigns an experienced Enrollment Representative to work closely with you to simplify the process. To find out more, complete our Request for Information form or call us and ask for an Enrollment Representative.

There are a number of resources available to you for financial aid. Your Enrollment Representative will be happy to discuss those options with you. Learn more about Tuition and Financial Options.

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