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What Is the Doctoral Degree Coach™?

Walden University’s planning and progress-tracking tool will help guide your doctoral degree journey.

Many working professionals dream of earning a doctoral degree but aren’t sure if they have time for the rigorous and rewarding educational achievement. Walden University helps adult learners bring those dreams to fruition by offering online degree programs infused with flexibility, student support, and innovation. Now, professional doctoral degree and PhD candidates have a new tool at their fingertips: the Doctoral Degree Coach™.

This interactive planning and progress-tracking tool offers support when and where you need it. This coach will help you stay on track as you move from coursework to the completion of your doctoral research.


“The Doctoral Degree Coach™ helps students to prepare and get support when they need it so they can easily meet the progressively challenging tasks of doctoral work,” says Dr. Laura Knight Lynn, Walden’s dean of research and executive director of the Center for Research Quality. “For this reason, we really see this as an innovative differentiator so that students can truly have that guided doctoral experience.”

The Doctoral Degree Coach™ features include:

  • Personal goal setting with step-by-step guidance.
  • To-dos and resources for every step.
  • Useful checklists to see what you need to accomplish.
  • An at-a-glance timeline that helps you see exactly where you are in your learning journey and where you need to go.
  • Weekly progress reports with additional resources sent right to your inbox.
  • Easy access for your dissertation or capstone chair, so they can help guide you through your goals and timelines.

When you access the Doctoral Degree Coach™ from your laptop, desktop, or mobile device, you’ll find direct links to academic resources, student support services, Walden’s library, the Writing Center, technical support, financial aid advisors, and more. And when you need further assistance, there’s a handy resource glossary to direct you to the right person to provide just the support you need.

And like any good coach, the Doctoral Degree Coach™ offers encouragement. As you achieve milestones, you’ll receive congratulatory videos to help fuel your journey.

The coaching tool has a growing fan base, based on its reviews. “The Doctoral Degree Coach™ was immensely valuable to my doctoral journey,” one student says. “The curated resources and step-by-step, easy-to-use navigation kept me on track as I worked on my capstone.”

And, says another: “Paired with a great capstone committee, the Doctoral Degree Coach™ makes me feel like I have a qualified guide helping me navigate this challenging final segment of my academic journey.”

Advance Your Career With a Doctoral Degree

When you’re ready to embark on your own ultimate academic journey, Walden offers more than 20 online doctoral degree programs and has your back with exceptional student support services that can help you balance the demands of your busy life.

One of Walden’s career-enhancing doctoral degree programs is the online Doctor of Business Administration (DBA). Businesses, governments, nonprofits, and consulting firms are seeking talented leaders who can assess and manage today’s complex situations and big picture challenges. Earning a doctoral degree can help prepare you for these kinds of opportunities.

Walden’s DBA program, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), offers 11 specializations, which include, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, and even a Self-Designed option. ACBSP accreditation affirms that Walden’s DBA program aligns with standards of quality endorsed by business, government, and other organizations.  

No matter which online doctoral program you choose, Walden, the No. 1 granter of doctoral research degrees in the U.S.,1 can help set you up for success—and give you your own interactive coaching tool to guide you along the way.

Walden University offers more than 20 online doctoral degree programs, including a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree program online with multiple specializations. Expand your career options and earn your doctoral degree using a convenient, flexible learning platform that fits your busy life.

1Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Database (IPEDS). Retrieved March 2020; includes 2017–18 provisional data and all classifications of instructional programs (CIP) codes. A doctoral research degree is a PhD or other doctoral degree that requires advanced work beyond the master’s level, including the preparation and defense of a dissertation based on original research or the planning and execution of an original project demonstrating substantial artistic or scholarly achievement. Some examples of this type of degree may include EdD, DMA, DBA, DSc, DA, DM, or others, as designated by the awarding institution.

Walden’s BS in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), and PhD in Management programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The MS in Accounting and BS in Accounting programs are also accredited by the ACBSP and have earned the organization’s separate accounting accreditation.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission,