Doctoral Dissertations

Researching and producing a doctoral dissertation at University of Phoenix® is an opportunity for you to expand your knowledge as a scholar and to grow as a leader in a given field – by putting research to work.

Make an impact

The culmination of your doctoral degree at the School of Advanced Studies is an in-depth, high-quality dissertation that advances a new point of view. This document is based on your original research grounded in your field of study, and advances an understanding of leadership in your discipline.

In your dissertation, you will conduct independent and scholarly research on an important topic in your field using established qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Your dissertation is developed throughout your doctoral program and will utilize the models, theories and skills you will have learned in your coursework.

We believe that starting on your dissertation early and working on it throughout the entire doctoral journey will help you produce a dissertation that confirms your mastery of your chosen field of study and is an enriching endeavor on educational and personal levels.

Review samples of featured dissertations to understand what School of Advanced Studies learners have worked on in past years.

Developing your dissertation

Your goal is write a dissertation that solves a meaningful social problem in your community or organization. The School of Advanced Studies gives you access to a community of advisors and researchers who are committed to helping you fulfill your academic and professional goals. These professionals are here to guide you through the essential parts of the dissertation-writing process throughout your doctoral program.

Supporting your dissertation

In addition to having access to a variety of professionals, you also have the opportunity to select your Dissertation Chair. You can select a Dissertation Chair from among hundreds of qualified faculty who bring a wealth of experience in scholarship and industry. Your Dissertation Chair will be able to guide your investigative journey, from selecting the appropriate research methodology to putting the final touches on your finished research paper.

Research Centers help you find faculty and other students in the School of Advanced Studies who are researching topics in your discipline. These scholarly communities help students and faculty find others with similar research interests and build relationships to support those interests.

Additionally, you can take advantage of research courses that help to inform you about methodologies, writing style and requirements. [AGU1] And, if you have specific questions that require a quick response while you write your dissertation, you can contact a research faculty member who will answer within 24-48 hours.

Once your dissertation is complete, we can help you disseminate your research to other scholars and practitioners, as well as help you enter our Research Presentation Awards Program. This competitive program provides financial support for qualified learners, alumni and faculty who pursue the opportunity to present their research at professional and scholarly conferences.

Doctoral programs require three- to eight-day residencies in select cities. Please contact a University enrollment representative for details.

Featured Dissertations

Read some of the top dissertations from doctoral learners at the School of Advanced Studies.

Read about our AQA award

Flexible and scalable, our dissertation review process has received a Showcase in Excellence Award.