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Distance Learning PhD Program Students

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Jun 13, 2008, 11:40am

Hi! I'm a PhD student at Northwestern Theol. Seminary. Anyone out there a PhD distance learning student?

Mary Cox-Pace

Out 14, 2009, 6:04pm

Not yet, but I am looking into different online PhD programs. I am nervous about their credentials though. Any advice?

Out 14, 2009, 6:45pm

My advice would be to look at the success rate of graduate placement within your field of study. While you are searching for schools, look at which schools your potential profs. have attended. The job market is drying up for PhDs (at least in the humanities), meaning that there are more doctoral graduates applying for fewer spots (as endowments are shrinking, positions are being eliminated), and getting a degree from a school that no one has heard of will greatly hamper your ability to find work after you have finished writing your dissertation.

Just my $.02

Fev 3, 2010, 10:54am

Hi. I'm an older graduate student working on a doctorate in non-clinical psychology through a distance learning program. After 4 years of study, I was finally advanced to candidacy last fall. I'm a big fan of distance learning, but now that I'm working on my dissertation I wish I had more of a support group--not for help specifically on my topic, but for moral support. I'm working on my proposal right now, and sometimes I just need somebody to urge me on and tell me not to feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of it all.

Fev 9, 2010, 1:04am

Hi Mary!

not nearly at PhD level yet, but I've been combining full time work & distance learning school from my first class and I'm at graduate school now! All the best with the distance learning, its not easy but definitely worthwhile!! Your schools sounds interesting, do you have a PhD topic yet? All the best!


Fev 9, 2010, 6:41am

I'd say the success rate for the Open University in the UK and in Europe is actually very good - http://www.open.ac.uk/
Some friends of mine have gone on from their BA degrees into MAs and PhDs to Oxford University, and the ones that have got their PhDs have gone on to postdoc jobs around the UK and France (the ones I know).

The university is legit (I am a student of theirs from Normandy/France, and I am starting my MA with them next year); it has a campus in Milton Keynes and a fab new academic library, and PhDs can be on site (full-time) or part-time (distance learning), with some funding for research travel expenses to other academic libraries etc. Now, if you are wanting to study from the States, you are best checking that foreign universities are recognized as teaching institutions in the national US database, since it may mean that your degree may or may not be recognized in the States for work.

Here is the research section for my university:

Fev 9, 2010, 7:03am

Hi thanks for the info, thats great, I'm definitely going to follow it up! Studying overseas are so easy now with online universities.

All the best,

Fev 9, 2010, 7:03am

Hi thanks for the info, thats great, I'm definitely going to follow it up! Studying overseas are so easy now with online universities.

All the best,

Fev 10, 2010, 2:56am

You still get tutorials, but these can be online on an forum (i.e. you are given some topics of discussions then you can reply for a week or two, with a feedback from the tutor - a bit like LibraryThing really), or telephone conferencing, or online conferencing...