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All about Online PhD Programs

Many of us still believe that it is difficult to complete a program like PHD online. Given the nature of extensive coursework and intensive research work that many doctoral programs involve, there seems to be some truth in that thinking.


But the reality is different. We need a clear shift in our thinking. There are many postgraduate programs online. And the numbers are increasing by the day. Many universities are offering  online doctoral programs: Some hybrid and others totally online.


All about Online PhD Programs

Online doctoral programs are today offered in many academic disciplines ranging from science to performing arts. The variety and scope are ever on the increase. To satisfy the emerging needs in numerous academic disciplines, new online doctoral programs are being introduced.

Online doctoral programs have clear cut advantages over the more traditional ones. Wherever you have a reliable internet connection, you can do your studies. You can pursue your full time career and no need of relocation. Your family don’t have to make any sacrifices since you can learn from home.

Selecting the right online PhD programs could be quite challenging. There are several guidelines that you need to follow.

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First, it is the accreditation. It is important to find if the selected online PhD program is suitably accredited by an independent accreditation body. There are several non profit accreditation institutes committed to listing standard online educational institutes and their programs following a standard criteria.

Like in selecting any other online educational program, you need to carefully match what the online doctoral program offers with your requirements. This requirement analysis and compatibility study have to be one of the first tasks in your agenda. The mix of coursework and research requirements vary from program to program. If your goals are more in line with becoming a serious research scientist, your choice needs more of research input.

Look at the faculty and their experience in the field of online postgraduate programs. A common rule of thumb is that you need to select a university with at least three years of experience in the field of online education.

Compare the online program with the traditional PhD offered by the same college or university. See if the online program has the same level of academic standard and faculty commitment as the on campus version does.

Just as you have to know what your online PhD program has for you, you need to be clear about what the program need from you to complete the program successfully.

Enrollment criteria are different from program to program. However, in general most programs require you to have a masters degree in the same field in addition to some work experience. In some disciplines like business, many programs have a flexible approach. You Grade Point average, work experience in related fields and you genuine commitment as shown by the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation and your GRE or GMAT score are all vital element of your application package.

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14 Responses to “All about Online PhD Programs”

  1. shivani says:

    Want to know in detail abt ph.d. In education

  2. Rajendra says:

    I am post graduate in maths in 1985 present i am working with maharishi mahesh yogi university i am doing P.Hd pl. give me detail.

  3. Munaga Nageswara Rao says:

    I am LL.M with 57% International law as specialized subject from Osmania University, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. I would like to pursue Ph.D in Law. Please let me know full details.

  4. narendra negi says:

    I am banker , done mba through distance mode. Passed UGC – NET . Now wish to phd through online/distance mode but with repute organisation having good market value.

    kindly advise.

  5. narendra negi says:

    Kindly provide the name of some universities for online phd.

  6. Deepika Gupta says:

    I am M.Sc in Physics in 2008. Presently a I am working in an Engineering College as an Assistant Professor. I want to do PhD online…Is it possible to do online PhD in Physics? If Yes, What should I do for that? How can I start? Whom should I contact?

  7. Bansari says:

    I want to know about PhD in English literature in any Indian university or online

  8. pranab saikia says:

    I am post graduate in sociology and M.Phil from Periyar University , Salem.I want to pursue on-line Ph.D programme. pl. give me detail on on-line Ph.D programme with Indian universities. Besides I want to know whether this system is U.G.C. recognised or not.

  9. ss says:

    I hold an MBA in fin and M Tech. I would like to do online phd in a management subject. Please advise.


    i hav one my MBA frm IGNOU with HRD specialization. I have a CGPA of3.32 in a 7 point scale. I have got experience of working in Audit Department(IA&AD) for more than 32 years. Will it be possible on my part to have PhD in distant mode. Advise universities providing such facility in India

  11. Tushar Kumar Dey says:

    I am post graduate in Biotechnology and now working as a senior research fellow so please tell me the relevant field of phd. and brief information about this online pattern.

  12. k.udaya lakshmi says:

    I completed my M.Tech in 2006.I qualified GATE-2004 with 93.73 percentile and with all india rank of 2345. i want to do Ph.D in VLSI Field. Kindly provide the name of some good universities offering online phd in VLSI Field.And kindly explain the procedure also to do online Ph.D, and duration also.

  13. anil prasad says:

    I have completed M.E and would like tp pursue phd on line. provide me details

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