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Section 3 The Journey Ahead / Chapter 9 The Doctoral Journey

5. Conclusion


The doctoral journey is a long one. GCU has created programs that offer the opportunity to complete this journey in as few as three years, but many learners will take longer than that. This is completely normal, as every doctoral journey is different. The essential nature of the dissertation is the creation of new and unique research, something that has never been done before. Each learner has a unique committee, a unique literature review, a unique research population, which all lead to the creation of a unique book. Completing this is not a race toward a goal, but a slow and steady climb up a mountain. The point is not to get to the top as fast as possible, the point is only to get to the top through whatever means or route is necessary.