Logistics of a Doctoral Degree: Cost and Length

How Long Does a Doctoral Degree Take?

The expected time to completion for a doctoral degree can vary drastically due to a number of factors, including but not limited to:

  • Program of study (PhD v. Professional Doctorate)
  • Specialization
  • Full-time or part-time enrollment
  • Number of breaks taken throughout the program
  • Additional time needed for topic or concept approval
  • Additional time needed to conduct research

To be safe, students planning to start a doctoral program should plan on committing about four to seven years to complete their degree.

Additional Resources on length of doctoral programs

Average timeline based on average credit hours and time allotted for dissertation http://www.americangraduateeducation.com/articles/en/research-doctorate.htm

How much do doctoral degrees cost?

The cost of tuition and other expenses associated with doctoral degrees depends on a number of factors, including the university you select, its location and the requirements of its programs. For tuition information on Northcentral University doctoral degree programs, you can visit the tuition page and click on the school of study drop down. Many schools base tuition on the credit hour cost. As a result, the number of credits in a particular degree program determine its cost.

The cost of your doctoral education can vary drastically due to a number of factors, including but not limited to:

  • The college or university of your choice
  • Full time or part time enrollment
  • Public school v. private school
  • Additional courses needed to complete the research or dissertation process