APUS Has A Profession Doctorate Poll

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Tireman 44444, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. ryoder

    ryoder New Member

    How about a Doctor of Counter Insurgency or Doctor of Information Warfare?
    I think those would be good areas of concentration giving the US and Western allies current security issues and the changing nature of warfare.
  2. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    Those would be too narrowly focused. A national security or intelligence studies program should cover those subjects. Although, I wouldn't recommend a degree in intelligence studies. Intelligence agencies prefer national security, political science, and international relations degrees.
  3. Gbssurvivor1

    Gbssurvivor1 Member

    I would absolutely love to see that DA in History!!!
  4. TonyM

    TonyM Member

    I also suggested a DA in history. I think they'd get a big rush of alumni who want to continue with history, but only online. They could also create quite of few DA programs as continuations of their other master's degrees. In the survey it seemed they were interested in degrees that are already available everywhere. Too bad.
  5. Pugbelly2

    Pugbelly2 Member

    I'm not sure how much play a Doctor of Professional Studies would get, though I like the concept. "Professional Studies' just doesn't really stand for much. In my opinion, they would be better off with a Doctor of Leadership that offers numerous track options. The PhD at Tennessee Temple and Johnson University each offer this model. The tracks can be in education, ministry or business. If APUS did something similar, keeping the core of the degree "standard" leadership, a student could select one of 4 or 5 tracks in whatever discipline tickled their fancy. Or, optionally, APUS could offer a customized track with approval from the university. A track is usually 3 or 4 classes, so you're not talking about a lot of variation from the core degree.
  6. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Given that APUS has regional accreditation, I don't understand why they'd call their doctorates anything other than the most recognizable: PhD, EdD, and DBA.
  7. Pugbelly2

    Pugbelly2 Member

    Great point. Agreed. I may have misunderstood, but I thought the discussion had more to do with the major, not necessarily the type of doctorate. For example, a PhD in Professional Studies doesn't seem to have the same zest as a PhD in Leadership with various track options.
  8. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member

    Many non-traditional/online schools seem to be offering the PhD with a faculty composed of part-time adjuncts (rather than full-time tenured/tenure track faculty).
  9. mattbrent

    mattbrent Active Member

    When I was researching law school a short while ago, I read on the ABA website that they do not accredit online schools. Given that, APUS wouldn't be able to get ABA accreditation.

  10. Graves

    Graves Member

    I went to an AMU luncheon today. The coordinator (Edward Mounts) said they hope to have at least one doctoral program up and running in the next year.
  11. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

    Doctor of Arts in History? What for?

    I dearly love History and enjoyed my UG studies (back when there was somewhat less History to study) but is there really a market for this degree? Public Historians usually hold MA degrees and academic Historians pretty well have to have the Ph.D. in hand to qualify for a University appointment. Furthermore, an Historian has to obtain the Ph.D. from one of a very small number of schools to compete for those few jobs that exist.

    So what does one DO with a non-prestigious D.A. in History?
  12. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

    Oh, and as to a J.D. program...that's something the world really does not need. Period.
  13. me again

    me again Well-Known Member

    The world could always use another lawyer.
  14. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Given how often people ask about it here, there's clearly some demand. I'd think one big market would be community college instructors who want to move up.
  15. mattbrent

    mattbrent Active Member

    I'd agree with that 100%! Hell, if they offered an online PhD in History, I'd be tempted to go back and do it even after finishing my EdD with the University of the Cumberlands.

  16. Tireman 44444

    Tireman 44444 Well-Known Member

    Shoot II. I would do it too. As I finish my PhD at UNISA, I would want to keep learning. Doing something in Military History would be amazing. I would like to take what my cousin did at UT (James Lynn Nichols, The Confederate Quartermaster in the Trans-Mississippi (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1964) and expand on it. I will never forget the day I told he and his wife (1989) I was going into New Deal history. They let out a huge sigh and James told me, that is nice. LOL. Disappointed he was. :)
  17. Tireman 44444

    Tireman 44444 Well-Known Member

    Was he thinking Fall 2015?
  18. MichaelRea

    MichaelRea New Member

    Any word as to what the initial PhD programs might be?
  19. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member

    Frame it and hang it on the wall?
  20. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member

    They said that they are not going to offer the PhD at this time, just professional doctorates.

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