Pursuing a Doctoral Program


Pursue a doctoral program requires a lot of self-dedication andmotivation. Most of the students who settle for pursuing a doctoralprogram always do so through a consultative process (Bowen &ampRudenstine, 2014). Institutions of higher learning usually have aprogram that orient prospective students on the different coursesthey offer and the preliminary process of enrollment. My decision toenroll in the doctoral program emanated from the EducationalLeadership Program organized by GCU. The preliminary advice and viewsof professional and doctoral leaders made me feel that I could pursuethe degree with ease.

After enrolling in the program I discovered that it is an intensiveprogram with some courses that require input, hard work and a highlevel of critical thinking. Unlike the undergraduate and master’sprogram, the doctoral program requires a lot of input from thestudent (Bowen &amp Rudenstine, 2014). As one advances in theprogram, he gains deep insight on the units. One thing I havediscovered is that the program has increased my desire for knowledge.I am always eager to learn new aspects in every new class.

Writing a dissertation is one of the most difficult issues thatdoctoral students have to settle (Brause, 2012). Failure tocomprehend the essentials of every step may result in a poorlydeveloped dissertation that cannot earn high marks. At first,students find it difficult to distinguish literature review from thereview of the literature (Haynes et al., 2012). I experienced adifficulty initially, but the motivation I had, and the bond Ideveloped with my professor was instrumental developing a goodissertation. Sometimes, students lack tools for self-evaluation.However interacting with fellow students results in positiveprogress.

Students aspiring to join the program should acquaint themselves withall the steps followed in the program to prepare themselves mentally. They should understand the dissertation process to ease the entireprocess. Also, familiarizing oneself with the different resourcesoffered b the institution to point out the helpful individuals aswell as effective time management.


Bowen, W. G., &ampRudenstine, N. L. (2014). In pursuit of the PhD. Princeton:Princeton University Press.

Brause, R. S.(2012). Writing your doctoral dissertation: Invisible rules forsuccess. New York: Routledge.

Haynes, C., Bulosan,M., Citty, J., Grant-Harris, M., Hudson, J., &amp Koro-Ljungberg, M.(2012). My world is not my doctoral program… or is it? Femalestudents’ perceptions of well-being. International Journal ofDoctoral Studies, 7(1), 1-17.