Why Pursue a Ph.D?

Well, let’s start with what is a Ph.D.

A few years ago I came across an illustration that helps explain what a Ph.D. is.

Matt Might, a professor in Computer Science at the University of Utah, created The Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D. to explain what a Ph.D. is to new and aspiring graduate students. [Matt has licensed the guide for sharing with special terms under the Creative Commons license.]

That illustration stuck with me for a long time. And now that I’m on this knowledge journey, I’ll share it with you.

Click through the below, it’s quite enlightening.

So, why did I pursue a doctoral degree?

As I descended the emergency exit stairwell of the Word Trade Center on September 11th, I had a thought – I had not yet completed my studies.  I needed more time. Well, since I made it out, I do have the time. And over the next 10 plus years of my career, I’ve been preparing for this step.

Why seek admission at Nova Southeastern University?

Nova offers a program format called the “cluster format” that blends weekend meetings with online interaction – it’s geared towards working professionals. At that stage in my life, completely leaving the workforce for an academic track was too difficult. Nova’s program was a perfect fit, not only for my schedule, but also for the career path I had carved out over the past decade.

The Ph.D. in Information Systems program was especially well suited to professionals working in areas such as information system planning, information security, systems analysis and design, project management, information system administration, information science, or software engineering. I’ve worked in the majority of these topics over the years. This Ph.D. provides information technology professionals such as myself with the knowledge and ability to develop creative solutions to substantive real-world problems in information systems.

Read more about the Ph.D. Program at Nova Southeastern University