Advice on getting a Phd online

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Dude10102, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. Dude10102

    Dude10102 New Member

    I am really in need of some advice or help. Is there anyone who has completed or is in the process of completing a Phd online, preferably in sociology, psychology, or education, who can answer a few of my questions? (anyone who can help would be gladly appreciated)
  2. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Post your questions, please.
  3. Dude10102

    Dude10102 New Member

    What is the difficulty level for acquiring a Phd?

    What type of work must one do (i.e thesis papers, dissertations, etc.)?

    On average, how much does it cost?

    I thought of other questions but for the life of me, I can't think of them now. So I'll post them as soon as I remember them. Answers to the questions above would be appreciated.
  4. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    Dude - You're joking, right? You can pull this info off any state university website. Do you really expect us to do your homework for you? I know I'm being harsh but if you can't research this basic stuff on your own then you don't have a chance in Hell of finishing a PhD.

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    OMG! The answer you're looking for:

    1 - The level difficulty level of my Ph.D at Greendale CC is minimal, a 5 year-old can do it too.
    2 - Just watch 1 episode per week, and evaluate the characters.
    3 - It doesn't cost anything if you use Hulu, otherwise your cable bill.

    The real answer
    1 - It is hard, otherwise everyone has one.
    2 - Lot of work especially during the research and desertion phrases. The dissertation average 150 pages or more, and concise.
    3 - It costs between $35,000.00 - $80,000.00
  6. Dude10102

    Dude10102 New Member

    Thanks Tekman for your decent reply. For people like Kizmet, please don't bother posting to this thread if you're not going to contribute anything. I'm asking these questions on behalf of someone else because she asked me to. The type of help she's looking for are from those who have experienced going through a online Phd program not from those who's advice is to search the web.

    So Please, do not post to this thread if it's not helpful.
  7. BrandeX

    BrandeX New Member

    Lol, telling off the admin is always a great way to get started in a community. What he said is right though. Why should someone else copy/paste it for you?
  8. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    The fact that it's for someone else makes it worse. Your friend can't even bother to register here and ask their own questions. As for helpfulness, sometimes the most helpful thing is a bit of a reality slap.
  9. Dono

    Dono Member

    First and foremost, I must say that I could see the comments posted coming after reading your post. Most of these questions could be found by searching the web or this site for that matter. However, I don't think anyone can really answer the question "What is the difficulty level of acquiring a PhD?". Honestly, how can one know except to experience it for themselves?

    I continually debate whether or not to start a program for the simple fact of not knowing how difficult it will be. The real issue here is that difficulty is relative to the person and the degree program. As a military guy, I think I have the drive to complete a doctoral program, but I won't commit until I'm 100% sure.

    Bottom line: I can't answer the questions your friend has but I can share in their frustration of wondering how hard a doctoral program would be. I honestly don't think it would be hard, academically, I just think it would take dedication and hard work to complete the program. My first hurdle though is becoming a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Once I cross that bridge I'll move on to the doctorate.
  10. TMW2009

    TMW2009 New Member

    I don't know... El Tigre can be a bit tough on his students...
  11. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

    I had exactly the same response to you OP as Kizmet did in post #4 but decided not to respond. Just reading the doctoral posts on degree info for the last several months would give you broad answers to your questions then you would be able to ask more pointed questions.

    My daughter-in-law completed her Ph.D. about two years ago and it took her 5-years of full time in-residence research and study. Her dissertation was around 300 pages and in the last six-month of her program she spent around 12-hours a day working on it. She got several job offers based on the methods she used in her research.
  12. Tireman 44444

    Tireman 44444 Well-Known Member

    I am still working on mine. LOL. It will be around 300 pages and I am writing two pages a day to get there. My research has taken me 16 years ( off and on) and one day I will be finished....:)
  13. Dave Wagner

    Dave Wagner Active Member

    What do you plan to do with the doctorate, presuming you are able to get the degree conferred after you do all the work?

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