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These goals are essential for remaining motivated throughout the process.


What are your professional goals?

What are your personal goals?

How does this degree program and concentration relate to those goals?

How do you plan to use this degree?

Why are you interested in pursuing a doctoral degree?


Before beginning this process, it is important to consider how you will rearrange your life and routines to support your doctoral work.

  • How will you balance personal and work requirements with doctoral education?
  • What plans do you have to help you overcome challenges that could possibly impact your ability to make timely progress?