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Northcentral University

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Program: PhD Business
Posted on April 17, 2009 by Grumpy old man

I am doing a PhD at NCU, and am enjoying it a great deal. Here is my story:

1. I could study anywhere. I have good B&M undergraduate & MBA degrees, a decent GMAT etc.

2. I have a demanding job that I really enjoy. The cost of taking a leave of absence to study full-time at a great school would not make financial sense.

3. I did extensive research, and find that the NCU curriculum in my field is the best thought-out and most aligned to my needs. I am including B&M schools in this analysis. I have designed curriculum for a top school, and I know good design when I see it.

4. I am not trying to pass off my PhD as anything it isn't. I don't think my PhD will change my life, or my opportunities - my personal makeup will continue to drive my success.

5. I don't want to be in a cohort - been there, done that. I love teams, but I have my hands full of them at work, and don't want to either "carry" or have to wait for other group members at school.

6. The nature of my work is that there are busy times and slow times. Being able to speed up or slow down my progress through courses is a huge benefit.

7. I am genuinely interested in my subject, and am doing this as a hobby as much as anything. I have "gotten ahead" plenty already, and am mostly looking to add a little brain food to the tail end of my career.

8. I don't need my hand held. I am prepared to learn on my own and take a risk on my assignments (nobody will be looking at my 'marks'). I don't need someone to prescribe every little step of the way or tell me "exactly what they expect" from me, beyond the general marching orders.

The bottom line is that I haven't chosen NCU out of lack of better options. I am genuinely impressed with their program and their delivery style. It isn't easy by any means, and is certainly not light-weight.

I would say if your story is anything like mine, and you are favorably impressed with NCU's programs - go for it!

Best of luck on whatever choice you make...
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