School of Advanced Studies

A community of scholars, a commitment to excellence

Gain the knowledge and earn the prestige you’ll need to rise. A practitioner doctorate from School of Advanced Studies offers a holistic approach to research needed to drive innovation and spawn new ways of responding in today's increasingly integrative and networked world of work. Make meaningful social contributions and influence change in your field with our online doctoral programs from the School of Advanced Studies (SAS).

The doctoral experience includes in-depth, thought-provoking group discussions, opportunities to network and study with professionals in your field, engaging scholarly communities that share your interests and the completion of your own personal dissertation – as well as a required three- to eight-day residency in one of a few cities. You’ll do all of this while building theoretical knowledge and refining your skills as a researcher, which could help you enhance your leadership skills in your organization and within your community.

Why choose SAS?

Choosing to advance your education could be the most academically and intellectually challenging accomplishment of your life. Consider your dreams and goals, and reflect on the determination and resolve you’ve already gained to rise up and join the ranks of some of the most educated people in the world – those with a doctoral degree.

We understand this profound commitment – and we strive to equip students for the challenges of the doctoral journey. We’re now granting up to 6 credits for masters graduates from an accredited university or college, based on program alignment. If you’re currently a doctoral student from another accredited institution, you may receive up to 39 credits for completed doctoral coursework.

Our dedicated Doctoral Education Ecosystem™ system of experienced faculty and educational resources puts you at the center of your educational journey. These integrated resources include introductory doctoral courses and centralized online tools to help guide you throughout the dissertation process. If you’re ready to make a meaningful contribution to your field and influence change in your organization, our online practitioner doctoral programs are designed for you. Expand your knowledge to address today's compelling, real-world challenges head-on. And with our unique Scholar-Practitioner-LeaderSM Model you can strengthen your skills by acting on what you’ve learned and applying your advanced know-how to addressing today’s compelling and practical, real-world challenges.

A flexible, online course model and vibrant research community supports you as you complete your own personal dissertation and build a personal blueprint toward organizational leadership and career enhancement.

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Doctoral journey

0:01 I am pursuing a degree in a Doctorate in Health Administration.
0:04 Doctor of Management and Organizational Leadership.
0:06 Doctoral student in the educational program.
0:08 Doctorate of Health Administration.
0:09 Doctor of Management and Organizational Leadership in Information Systems and Technology.
0:14 Health care administration.
0:15 I think before you start this journey, you really need to be able to let go of the fear because I think fear is something that stops people from moving ahead, thinking that they’re in one position and they have to stay there forever, or that they’re too old or they don’t have enough money or they don’t have enough time, and you can overcome all of those fears.
0:36 Well, one of the things I appreciated about the University of Phoenix program is the SPL model, the Scholar Practitioner Leader model.
0:42 It really teaches the students that there’s a responsibility that we have that comes with a degree.
0:49 It’s not just a degree.
0:51 It’s not just a body of knowledge that we have worked to contribute to.
0:55 It’s our responsibility now to continue to give back to the community.
0:59 That leadership role is so important, and so that really colors the way I approach work.
1:06 It colors the way I approach hobbies.
1:10 It approaches the way I approach volunteerism.
1:13 It really makes me think about how I’m contributing to the community I work in and live in.
1:18 When I look back at the opportunities that I’ve gotten from graduating from the University of Phoenix and having a doctorate, it has opened a lot of doors as far as my acceptance with peer review journals.
1:30 I’ve had 13 publications in the past two years.
1:34 I’m a peer reviewer, and I’m also an academic editor with Medicine, which is an international medical journal.
1:43 It’s also opened some doors for private consulting, public speaking.
1:48 I was a national speaker for the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in Hawaii, and also presented to the Japanese Society in South Korea.
1:57 All of that work actually came from my dissertation.
2:00 I think it’s just so apropos to rise. 2:04 We do rise.
2:06 We were someone when we first entered the program, and when we left, it was like a rebirth, and we’re so much better.
2:15 I feel like I’m so much better, so much more knowledgeable, so much more patient, so much more engaged and confident as a result of being at Phoenix.

University of Phoenix doctoral programs are online programs that require onsite residencies in select locations.  While widely available, not all doctoral programs are available to residents of every state. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative for more information.

Your future begins here

With the School of Advanced Studies, your next step is up. Speak with an Enrollment Representative to learn more.

We offer online doctoral programs to professionals who want to make a meaningful contribution to their communities and influence change in their fields through scholarly research.

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While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.