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My Thoughts for Future Doctorates

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After getting my Masters degree, I have been thinking a lot about what my next step will be.  I have considered apply to Stanford in the future for my Doctoral program, and I think I have a good chance of getting in, but it would mean moving, and while I don’t mind the adjustment, I am a little concerned about having my daughters need to move at the time.   But I don’t want to take an action that would preclude me from getting a doctorate with Stanford.

I also have thought about getting a doctorate online, and that was one of the major reasons I have been researching Universities in Developing Nations, as I thought it might be a good “win-win”, of them getting more money, and I getting a doctorate at a better price-point than U.S. alternatives.  And I think I have found the program I want to pursue, which is a Doctor of Communication from the University of the Philippines, Open University (UPOU).  This degree would allow me to do wider research than just traditional Education, and look at how traditional education competes with other mass communication.  It would also potentially help me with Stanford, as I could still apply for an educational degree at Stanford, and the units from the Doc. Comm. would likely transfer, and could be used for my minor, such that I could reduce the total classes needed at Stanford.

I originally was highly considering the University of South Africa (UNISA), but due to their denial of the human right of  intellectual property to their doctoral students (They require the cession of copyright for theses/dissertations), I have decided against them.  I will write more soon about the work I have done to have them change this policy. Also, I think there program would not be as conducive to keeping Stanford as a possibility, since getting 2 doctorates in education would not make as much sense, and also since the UNISA doctorate is solely research based and does not really have credits, I probably couldn’t transfer the work as easily.

BUT, while I know I could pursue a doctorate right away, even potentially at Stanford, if we moved, I think I would be inauthentic and not have earned the degree from the application of my life if I didn’t focus this semester, and possibly this year on my family and my life.  I will write more about this in my next posting.

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December 27th, 2010 at 12:08 pm

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  1. […] with the University of South Africa has had many fits and starts, in which over 5 years ago I was starting to think about applying to UNISA, and almost 3 years ago I started on different doctoral research with them, and last year I changed […]

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