Dissertation Completion Pathway


You're so close to realizing your dream - let us help you cross the finish line

We know that life can be complicated and that many things can get between you and your goals. This is especially true with large goals like finishing your dissertation and earning your doctoral degree. If you are ready to move beyond ABD and need a path that allows you to complete your studies and earn your degree, we can help!

If you’ve completed your coursework, achieved doctoral candidacy and left your program in good academic standing, we can help you finish what you started.

Our Dissertation Completion Pathway (DCP) offers a structured program that recognizes your past academic coursework while providing you the guidance you need to complete your dissertation.

All doctoral programs offered at NCU are eligible for the Dissertation Completion Pathway with the exception of the Marriage and Family Therapy programs.

Don’t let ABD stand in your way – Earn your doctoral degree with NCU! Learn more about our Dissertation Completion Pathway today!

Admission requirements* include:

  • Dissertation Completion Application
  • 10-year maximum for transfer credits from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in previous doctoral program
  • Must have completed program coursework and achieved candidacy at another institution
  • Cannot be academically dismissed from previous doctoral program
  • Must complete a phone or video interview
*Additional admissions requirements may exist.

We don’t give up on our students!
The Dissertation Completion Pathway (DCP) was created out of our strong desire to help each and every student reach graduation day. The pathway leverages our unique dissertation process which scaffolds student learning with frequent faculty feedback and engagement.

Our one-to-one teaching model, uniquely designed bridge courses, and structured dissertation process utilizes a faculty-led approach, including weekly objectives and deliverables. The DCP provides students with the structure, support, and personal attention needed to maintain the momentum to finish.