School of Advanced Studies

About the School of Advanced Studies

Enhance your leadership skills in your organization and community. At the School of Advanced Studies, you will refine your skills as a researcher and build theoretical knowledge.

We offer online doctoral programs to professionals who want to make a meaningful social contribution to their communities and influence change in their fields through scholarly research. These skills can help students like you build your skills as a scholar and make a difference in the community through the use of research, theory and practical experience.

Our unique educational model allows students to collaborate with doctoral faculty and like-minded professionals from all over the world, online and through in-person residencies. Together, you will focus on real problems and come up with solutions using research and reflective dialogue.

Learn more about our admission requirements, explore our degree programs (listed below), then speak with an Enrollment Representative who can help you get started.

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The Doctoral Experience

At the School of Advanced Studies, you learn from a collaborative online Scholar, Practitioner, Leader Model that has been developed by industry leaders and experienced scholars. Your doctoral experience can also include:

  • Group discussions: In online doctoral group discussions, your doctoral faculty member posts in-depth, thought-provoking questions that require you and your fellow students to interact and provide real insights based on research that centers on current industry challenges.

  • Dissertation: As part of your doctoral program, you will be required to complete original research in your area of study. To complete your dissertation, we help to match you with a Dissertation Chair in your field of study who will guide you through the integrated dissertation model. This model allows you to begin working on your dissertation in your first year, then investigate, research and write your dissertation throughout the rest of your degree program.

  • Residencies: Doctoral residencies provide you with opportunities to network and study with professionals in your field, and learn a variety of content topics in a face-to-face environment and get detailed guidance as you prepare to write your dissertation. Your residency is also tailored to where you are in your doctoral program and in which doctoral program you are enrolled. Once you begin your residency, you will have an opportunity to practice your group research and presentation skills. (International students: Please read about our admissions requirements regarding travel to residencies in the U.S.)
  • Research Centers: Throughout your program, you will have the opportunity to engage in our Research Centers – scholarly communities of faculty, students, and graduates in your field who share research interests. These communities help students and faculty learn about the latest research efforts, identify important research topics in the field, and build research relationships. With multiple Research Centers focused on Education, Health, and Business/Management, we think you will be excited by the research happening at the School of Advanced Studies.


Doctoral programs require three- to eight-day residencies in select cities. Please contact a University Enrollment Representative for details.

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Dean Jeremy Moreland, PhD

Welcome to the School of Advanced Studies at University of Phoenix. Our goal is to provide students with a distinctive educational experience centered on inquiry and leadership.

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Tuition and financial options

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Doctoral degree overview

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Doctoral residency experience

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Faculty members

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Dissertation pathway

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