Aston American University is looking for Ph.D. doctoral candidates with innovative and original ideas, students who want to bring to the table a new perception of their field of interest and to enhance the world with their new perspective.
The Doctoral Research (Ph.D.) 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 Ph.D. mentors will assist each student with an individualized and personalized experience.
The Doctoral Research Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. degree must be able to demonstrate significant intellectual achievement and must contribute to their respective field of investigation via scholarly knowledge. The Doctoral Research Ph.D. program is focused on a dissertation, which allows students to choose the desired topic and investigate it in depth. Aston American University will assign students a guiding professor who specializes in the field of interest and will follow the student’s progression. Ph.D. topics may include:
- General Business Management
- Human Resource Management
- Organizational Management
Program Requirements: Dissertation
The dissertation is an essential aspect of the Ph.D. program, and every candidate for the Doctoral Research Ph.D. program must prepare and submit a dissertation. It is a formal written document that represents sustained research or the investigation of 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.
The Ph.D. program consists of the following four (4) courses to prepare for dissertation:
- RES100 - Research for the 21st Century
- RES7000 - Introduction to the PhD
- RES7100 - Advanced Research Methods
- RES7200 - Advanced Research Methods II
Style Guide for Reports, Theses, and Dissertations
The four (4) courses will guide students through the various parts of the doctoral program, research proposal, and dissertation. As students progress through the program, the first step is to submit a research proposal, which students will present to the Dissertation Committee. The committee will give the approval to proceed or give necessary feedback in order to make appropriate adjustments. Students will be cooperating with an academic mentor who will supervise, provide guidance, and help with the process. Every six months students will have an in-depth online meeting with their academic mentor.
The dissertation is an essential aspect of the Ph.D. program, and every candidate for the Doctoral Research Ph.D. program must prepare and submit a dissertation. It is a formal written document that represents sustained research or the investigation of 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.
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 (Ph.D.) 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.