Doctor of Professional Practice (can possibly transfer free graduate certificate)

Discussion in 'Business and MBA degrees' started by sanantone, Jan 19, 2023.

  1. AsianStew

    AsianStew Moderator Staff Member

    Each program out there is really geared towards a certain niche, this program is similar in nature to those global executive MBA programs that charges at least $125K to prospective students who currently work in upper level management. I know VP's and higher who have taken these type of programs as they get tuition assistance and reimbursement, furthermore, they can afford the program and it helps their future prospects of moving up past the VP level... I think this DPP is geared exactly to that but for health-based professions or similar.
  2. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Here are the requirements:
    • A few thousand words on who you are, what you want to do, what the need is, etc. This is in the admissions process.
    • The first year has two elements:
      • What amounts to a proposal and literature review to establish your work's place in the discipline and what you intend to do to earn the degree (about 15K words). They call it a "learning agreement."
      • A personal essay reflecting on your life and work, with an emphasis on your readiness to take on the research (about 5K words
    • During the next two or more years you conduct projects and write them up. The product is dissertation-like and is around 50K words.
    After writing it, you have to present it to a panel (seems like a viva voce), do a "reflective activity," and present it publicly. It's not clear exactly what those last two look like.

    Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology awards the degree. They are THE polytechnic in New Zealand, the result of combining 16 polys into one nationwide system. The doctorate--the only one they offer, it seems, was housed in Otago Polytechnic, but now Te Pūkenga is the awarding institution.

    The title is awkward--Doctor of Professional Practice--and the post-nominal (DProfPrac) is positively unwieldy. But the process seems solid, the school is both huge and very real, and it is well-suited to host a professional doctoral program. I just wish they'd use a better title, like the Doctor of Technology (DTECH).

    Finally, I sent them a list of questions about the program and they answered me the same day with thoroughness and clarity.
  3. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

    Hm. When I was just "knee high to a married grasshopper" we used to call the (Ford) Thunderbird a "Rumblechicken". Might work for a school name?:p
  4. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

    Also the brand name of a very cheap fortified wine.

    Such memories!

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