The Doctoral Research (PhD) program is a rigorous academic program reflecting independent mastery of a specialized field of knowledge and the successful pursuits of original research. Efforts require academic discipline together with a significant commitment of time and effort. It involves highly focused study in a particular area of interest and culminates in the research efforts of original work. Aston American University offers online doctoral programs that are flexible and convenient, allowing students to work toward their degree from anywhere and any time. As students work to progress their professional goals, one of Aston American University’s highly qualified PhD mentors will assist each student with an individualized and personalized experience.
The Doctoral Research PhD program represents an extended academic study into a particular field of knowledge with a clearly defined objective. Students will work closely with their professors who will also provide mentorship to obtain approvals in each step of the doctoral learning process. Those who earn the PhD degree must be able to demonstrate significant intellectual achievement and must contribute to their respective field of investigation via scholarly knowledge. Therefore, candidates of the PhD program should have earned their master’s degree in the same field of study chosen for their doctoral work.
Program Requirements: Dissertation
The dissertation is an essential aspect of the PhD program, and every candidate for the Doctoral Research PhD program must prepare and submit a dissertation. It is a formal written document that represents sustained research or the investigation in an important intellectual issue. The dissertation must be an independent effort, which contributes to the field in which it is written. All dissertations must meet rigorous academic standards and be professionally prepared in a format suitable for reproduction and written in English. Dissertations will be reviewed and approved by the candidate’s supervising professor and the academic review committee of Aston American University.
Style Guide for Reports, Theses and Dissertations
The standard format and style reference guide for all academic writing for Aston American University is the APA Formatting 6th Edition. This handbook should be consulted to determine the format, style, reference citation criteria, and standard conventions for writing all reports, papers, theses and dissertations.
Transfer of Credits from Other Schools
No transfer credits allowed.
Aston American University’s full-time Doctoral Research (PhD) program takes 18-24 months to complete. Courses are based on a flexible and self-learning structure to accommodate each student’s business and personal responsibilities.
Exam System and Course Passing
Students are required to pass a final examination at the end of each course. A minimum score of 70% on the final examination is needed in order to successfully pass the course.
The e-learning system is an online educational management system with tailored course materials where students and lecturers interact. Course materials include: presentations, readings, videos, assignments, quizzes, and a final exam. Following enrollment, a unique username and password will be issued for each student to access the e-learning platform. Students of Aston American University may login the system with their username and password by clicking the following link: http://www.astonlms.com/