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Developing the Doctoral Identity


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Course level: Graduate

This foundational course is designed to promote active doctoral-level inquiry and establish the School of Advanced Studies' integrated scholarship, practice, and leadership approach. Students participate in structured activities and guided dialogue to strengthen their understanding of the doctoral program requirements and expectations for doctoral-level thinking, research, informed voice, and community building. Students will demonstrate the initiative needed to take next steps in their intellectual/doctoral journey through iterative improvements to critical thinking, reading and writing skills by applying faculty feedback, writing resources, and personal insights to a doctoral-level writing assignment. Competencies: Explain how the scholarship-practice-leadership program mission, structure, and resources align with personal context and goals. Self-assess doctoral program readiness, including detailed strategies to successfully engage at the doctoral level. Apply critical inquiry to thinking, reading, and writing skills across multiple contexts and boundaries to create original, substantive analysis and synthesis. Interpret and create an effective response to faculty feedback that promotes continuous improvement. Explore research interests to properly align with the chosen program domain of study. Engage in community building practices relevant to doctoral level education.

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Doctoral Readiness

Doctoral Readiness

Scholarship, Practice, and Leadership

Community and Dialogue

Doctoral Learning


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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

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Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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Credit Transfer

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