In August 2016, we held our first ever physical, intensive doctoral dissertation boot camp for doctoral candidates in the dissertation sequence at our Service Center in Scottsdale, Arizona. While we are proud to deliver our programs online without the requirement to travel, we recognized the value in face-to-face interactions.
NCU Dissertation Boot Camp consists of two and a half days of intense, critical thinking training, development of successful, doctoral acumen, support for research study alignment and feasibility, modeling the use of research methods, and providing students the tools necessary to complete their dissertation. NCU faculty work alongside students individually and in cohorts to help answer questions, explain program and dissertation processes and expectations, and help students gain the confidence and drive necessary to complete their doctoral journey. We paid special attention to building on the foundation students already had, with a goal in mind to leave the boot camp with the skills and knowledge necessary to complete a timely, scholarly, and publishable dissertation study. Sessions are led by experienced NCU Faculty. Students are able to develop cohort relationships with their peers and interact in both formal and informal sessions with faculty and students.
Winter Dissertation Boot Camp
Spring Dissertation Boot Camp
San Francisco, California
April 29th - May 1st 2018
Summer Dissertation Boot Camp
San Antonio, TX
July 15th-17th 2018
Registration opens mid-February, 2018 - get on the email list now by clicking here!
Fall Dissertation Boot Camp
Registration opens May, 2018 - get on the email list now by clicking here!
* Frequency of boot camp events will be based on student interest levels. Please be sure to express interest in attending early so we can add additional events to our schedule!
All current NCU students in an NCU doctoral program.
School of Business and Technology Management
- Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (PHDBA)
- Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
- Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership (PHDOL)
- Doctor of Philosophy in Technology and Innovation Management (PHDTIM)
School of Education
- Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PHDED)
- Doctor of Education (EDD)
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
- Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy (DMFT)
- Doctor of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy (PHDMFT)
- Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PHDPSY)
Fees for the boot camps include exclusive access to current NCU dissertation chair faculty from each school or department, one-to-one sessions with NCU dissertation chair faculty, event supplies, dissertation resource guides, most meals and depending on the location the hotel arrangements.
Fees are calculated based on the number of participants, the time of year, and location. If you are interested in participating in a boot camp please send an email to DissertationBootCamp@ncu.edu for more information.
At this time students are not able to use Title IV Financial Aid to cover the cost of attendance. However we have had employers cover the participation fee as a part of a professional development program. If you think your employer would be interested in covering the cost and would like a personal message from your School Dean recommending you to attend a boot camp, please email DissertationBootCamp@ncu.edu.
Generally the session topics are as follows:
- COMPS, Prospective or Portfolio Prep
- Managing distractions – getting re-motivated
- Library, ASC & Available Resources
- How to Avoid Common Pitfalls
- Writing for your Dissertation
- Dissertation Roadmap
- Research methods alignment
- Bringing the dissertation chapters together
- Purpose, Problem Statement, and research questions/hypotheses
- Chapter 1
- Chapter 2
- Chapter 3
- Chapter 4
- Chapter 5
- IRB Application/Process
- Research techniques – Quantitative
- Research techniques – Qualitative
- Defending your Dissertation
- Publishing Strategies
If you are a prospective student or would just like to speak one on one with a former boot camper you can email us at DissertationBootCamp@ncu.edu and ask to speak to a Boot Camp Ambassador. We will connect you with a student who is closely aligned with your program and study if possible.
The boot camp was quite inspiring and I felt like I turned the corner after it ended. I can certainly say I am no longer unsure of any aspect of my dissertation and even more convinced of my success. The boot camp introduced me to many of my colleagues; many of whom are now friends. Personally, I'd like to thank NCU, the presenters and the organizers of this boot camp for satisfying a most critical need.
- Current Student, PhD Business Administration, Business and Technology Management, August 2016 Boot Camp
Words cannot describe how grateful I am for the time I spent at NCUs first dissertation boot camp. If I had this opportunity during my first dissertation course, I would have taken it. I can only describe the experience as taking each puzzle piece from my core classes and putting it together to see the bigger picture. The people I have met were insightful and inspirational. Since I have been back home, I am more motivated with a clear picture of the road ahead. NCU is consistently looking for ways to improve our experience and I am excited for what else they have in stored.
- Current student, PhD in Education, E-Learning, August 2016 Boot Camp
I really enjoyed my boot camp experience. It was well worth the time and money. I loved getting to know the professors, staff, and other students. There was a lot of good information, and one-on-one help. I really appreciated the time and meals that the faculty and staff shared with us after class, as well as how much they seem to care about us as people. They were very encouraging and helpful.
- Current Student, PhD Education, International Education, January 2017 International Boot Camp