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    Doctoral Degree without a dissertation?

    I know I heard of a doctoral degree that did not require a dissertation and I thought it was CTU but that is not it. I thought it might be a good idea to compile a list of doctoral degrees that did not have a dissertation. Here is the only one I know of:

    Nova has a Doctor of Health Science - Through professor-driven, student-centered online course delivery, coupled with an internship, practicum, doctoral analysis, and two one-week on-campus institutes, the D.H.Sc. program challenges the student to examine the current state of health care, and to consider their role in the provision of services to their patients, clients, and the community at large.
    Doctor of Health Science Program | Nova Southeastern University


    This does not look like much of a "dissertation" -
    Capstone (required) — 2 credits - DHS 8120 Doctoral Analysis - http://www.nova.edu/cah/healthscienc...curriculum.pdf

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    Colorado Technical University www.colotech.edu offers a DM degree without a dissertation, but you have to have six published articles by the time you graduate.
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    My daughter-in-law did not have to write one for her UC Ph.D. in a marine science. But she did so at the last moment after her advisors said it was a good idea for her future plans to work in academia.

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    a D.Min without a dissertation/major project:

    Palmer Theological Seminary | Baptist Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania PA | Programs | Doctor of Ministry

    Doctor of Ministry in Leadership of Missional Church Renewal

    -All students attend a three-day orientation session in June.
    -They attend four (4) two-week intensive seminars held in January and June, ---followed by independent work on professional papers.

    Three Major Papers
    Requirements of the program include the development of three professional papers of at least 40 pages in length. The first of the three focuses on (a) developing a lifestyle of spiritual discipline that will facilitate an ongoing experience of spiritual renewal and personal discipline and (b) providing a biblical theology that undegirds such a lifestyle.
    The second paper requires students to examine the role of leaders and systems in the transformation of congregations; to articulate a missional focus as part of this transformation; and to evaluate the cultural perspectives that affect congregational transformation and the effort to become missional.
    The final paper integrates theological instruction, field experience, quantitative research, and analytical insights as each student creates a missional strategy (strategic plan) in his or her ministry context.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Heiks View Post
    Colorado Technical University www.colotech.edu offers a DM degree without a dissertation, but you have to have six published articles by the time you graduate.
    But it is not offered online is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randell1234 View Post
    But it is not offered online is it?
    No it (CTU DM nor any CTU doctorial) isn’t …
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randell1234 View Post
    But it is not offered online is it?
    I could provide a long list of degree mills that offer such programs! Of course then I'd expect it to be further qualified that the programs needed to be accredited. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randell1234 View Post
    I know I heard of a doctoral degree that did not require a dissertation and I thought it was CTU but that is not it. I thought it might be a good idea to compile a list of doctoral degrees that did not have a dissertation. Here is the only one I know of:

    Nova has a Doctor of Health Science - Through professor-driven, student-centered online course delivery, coupled with an internship, practicum, doctoral analysis, and two one-week on-campus institutes, the D.H.Sc. program challenges the student to examine the current state of health care, and to consider their role in the provision of services to their patients, clients, and the community at large.
    Doctor of Health Science Program | Nova Southeastern University


    This does not look like much of a "dissertation" -
    Capstone (required) — 2 credits - DHS 8120 Doctoral Analysis - http://www.nova.edu/cah/healthscienc...curriculum.pdf

    Any others to add?
    Isn't a doctorate without a dissertation a little like having a hamburger without any meat?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelOliver View Post
    Isn't a doctorate without a dissertation a little like having a hamburger without any meat?
    Now, you are asking a vegetarian so that is pretty funny!

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    Ed.D. Curriculum - Baker University
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    This question is pretty easy to answer. There are lots of PhD by publication in the UK. All you need are ~5 high quality journal articles and you are good to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelOliver View Post
    Isn't a doctorate without a dissertation a little like having a hamburger without any meat?
    Thanks for stealing my analogy

    I thought the point of a doctorate was to complete a dissertation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randell1234 View Post
    Now, you are asking a vegetarian so that is pretty funny!
    Oh OK...Isn't a doctorate without a dissertation like having a hamburger without boca burger or tofu?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelOliver View Post
    Oh OK...Isn't a doctorate without a dissertation like having a hamburger without boca burger or tofu?
    Okay...yes! You got me there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woho View Post
    This question is pretty easy to answer. There are lots of PhD by publication in the UK. All you need are ~5 high quality journal articles and you are good to go.
    The ones I've checked out (apart from U of Middlesex) also required the recipient to be a member of the university stafffaculty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randell1234 View Post
    But it is not offered online is it?
    I receive emails from CTU periodically on their DM program - I beleve their DM is primarily on-line but regular visits to their campus are required.

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