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Personal_Finance / Student Finances Apr 12, 2021 - 10:07 PM GMT

By: Steve_Barker


Over the recent years, distance doctoral programs are growing in popularity, with more and more people looking for a more flexible, affordable, and faster way to finish their doctorate. Ph.D. is traditionally one of the most sought-after academic and professional degrees, therefore it comes as no surprise, a great many students wonder whether or not getting their Doctor of Philosophy online is worth a shot. If you fit the description, read on to learn more about how such programs work and find out their major advantages.

What Is A Ph.D.?

Before turning to the benefits of getting a Ph.D. online, let’s shortly explain what a Ph.D. is and what it involves. As already mentioned, a Ph.D. is short for Doctor of Philosophy and one of the most common types of doctorate awarded in the majority of subjects at different universities scattered across the globe.

As a pure research degree, a Ph.D. involves a dissertation, so get ready for conducting your own research to produce a thesis (based on the results you got) with your own conclusions. The next step is to write your thesis down, submit it in the form of a dissertation, and, as a cherry on top, do your best to defend the thesis in an oral viva voce exam.

Needless to say, a Ph.D. is challenging and far from being a piece of cake. It is time-consuming, difficult, and seeks full commitment and a heck of a lot of hard work. All the aforementioned things are the reason for the impressive average dropout rate of 43% in doctoral programs. However, students who succeed to obtain this highest academic degree can count on incredible career opportunities and, naturally, far better salaries.

Well, a Ph.D. is tough but the rapid advancement of modern technologies and the internet, in the first place, has made it affordable for a wider academic audience due to the significantly increased flexibility of online programs. So, let’s take a closer look at the advantages they deliver.

Online Ph. D. Can Be Earned At A Fairly Fast Pace

As already said, a Ph.D. is time-consuming. Generally speaking, it takes between 3 and 5 years to complete your doctorate depending on the university, field, and the particular program you have chosen. On the other hand, the great bulk of students are searching for the 1 year PhD programs online, which moreover, come with the smallest number of requirements. As incredible as it may seem, there are renowned universities that require less than 60 credits hours for getting an online doctorate, making it an excellent opportunity for people who want to get the job done as fast as possible.

Online Programs Offer Great Flexibility

And that flexibility goes far beyond scheduling of classes, positively affecting various spheres of your life. It’s not rare when students experience serious difficulties in attending regular classes due to work, family issues, or other responsibilities. Not to mention hours and hours one spends on commuting instead of making the most of that precious time. Online Ph.D. offers really great flexibility when it comes to building up your schedule – can you think of something better than being able to study and research when it’s convenient for you?

You Can Save Money

There is no dilemma: online programs are cheaper in comparison to their campus-based counterparts, meaning you will pay less but get the same result, your Ph.D. By the way, people often think of fees and tuition but underestimate the expenses for covering housing, transport, and meals, which make a significant part of the budget. Again, distance studying provides a wealth of opportunities to work and make some bucks. Indeed, why miss your chance to enhance your income?

Upgraded Faculty Access

Even though online students may not have the possibility to attend formal group lectures, they can take advantage of individual consultations with faculty members. Nothing compares to a one-on-one experience when you can ask all the questions, express your concerns, and seek the help of your mentor. Many universities have their own state-of-the-art platforms for online tutoring, as well as special tools students use for accessing various materials and communicating with their professors. Apart from instant messaging, emails, video chatting, or Skype calls, students usually can use a variety of discussion boards.

Study-Life Balance

Getting your Ph.D. can make you feel like missing out on your “normal” life because it requires plenty of time and dedication, leaving not too much room for going out with friends or having fun. Online programs make things much easier, of course, if you have the self-discipline to draw the firm line between studying and entertaining.

No doubts, getting your Ph.D. online comes with a plethora of benefits, especially if you are on the search for flexibility, short timeframes, and the opportunity to work while studying. So, do your due diligence and select the program that caters to your needs – and you just can’t go wrong.

By Steve Barker

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