Getting your PhD is a lot of work; besides coursework that you have to complete and you also have to look forward to spend a few years writing a dissertation for your degree but what if you could get you degree without that. A few universities do offer Ph.D. programs that don’t require you to complete a dissertation.
Universities in Australia first adopted this, but one school in the states has begun to offer these programs. These programs are based on coursework and exams to earn your Ph.D. degree. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have to do any research at all; most programs have you do research papers, which takes less time than a dissertation.
Schools That Offer Ph.D. Degrees Without Dissertations
- University Of Canberra: Australia’s University Of Canberra offers doctoral students several doctorate degrees that require coursework and some research papers to complete the program. Doctoral students have to take six semesters of coursework, and it has to be completed in ten semesters. This sounds like a lot of requirements, but it is still a short time frame than getting a Ph.D. with a dissertation.
- University Of South Australia: The University Of South Australia has many doctoral programs that available to their students. These programs require about fifty percent coursework and fifty percent research of some kind; each program is different on how much of each you have to do for the program, some require more coursework than research. But they don’t require you to do a dissertation.
- Colorado Technical University: Colorado Technical University is the only school in the United States that offers a Ph.D. degree without doing a dissertation. During your course of study in the programs, you will be doing coursework and research papers over the duration of your study at the university.
These are just three of the schools that I have found that have Ph.D. programs that don’t require you to write a dissertation to complete them. I hope that other schools follow in their footsteps on these kinds of programs. This gives the students less time in school and more time working in their field of choice. Since most of the time dissertations aren’t even read by anyone, and it is basically a presentation that you have to do to earn your degree. I don’t know why more colleges and universities haven’t adopted this practice for their programs as well.