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Franklin University Introduces First Doctoral Program

For Immediate Release: July 19, 2016

Contact Sherry Mercurio, Director of Public Relations, 614.947.6581

Columbus, OH —

Franklin University, a leader in adult education, is proud to announce the introduction of its first doctoral-level academic offerings for winter 2017. The three new program offerings: Doctor of Professional Studies, Instructional Design (DPS in IDL); Doctor of Healthcare Administration (DHA); and Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) are designed specifically for professionals seeking to further their careers, broaden their knowledge and increase their marketability by gaining a relevant career and academic distinction.

Approved by The Higher Learning Commission, Franklin’s doctoral programs are designed to meet the growing demand to combine the theoretical and practical aspects of business, instructional design, and healthcare in a manner that develops leading scholar/practitioners in these fields.

Continuing the University’s long-standing reputation of removing barriers to educational success, the new doctoral programs use an embedded dissertation writing process to help minimize the stress and uncertainty of completing a doctoral program, while seminar courses and learning communities provide motivation and guidance to place students on a clear path to degree completion.

In addition, Franklin University’s reputation for maximizing transfer credit through its philosophy of recognizing coursework from accredited institutions is extended to the doctoral level.  Unique to doctoral education, Franklin University honors up to 24 credit hours of previous doctoral coursework, shortening the remaining time to complete the degree while reducing the cost.

“The approval of these new doctoral programs by the Higher Learning Commission and Ohio Department of Education provides strong external recognition of the University’s expertise in providing curriculum that helps adults achieve their goals,” said Dr. David R. Decker, President, Franklin University. “The focus on relevant curriculum and the contemporary application of knowledge that characterizes these three new doctoral programs, will distinguish our graduates among their peers.”

Doctorate of Professional Studies, Instructional Design Leadership (DPS in IDL)
The Franklin University’s Doctor of Professional Studies Program (DPS) is designed to meet the evolving changes in training and instructional design industry. The Program reinforces the core technical aspects of quality research, but also provides graduates with the abilities employers request most such as leadership, communication, and technology skills. Graduates will have the skills to evaluate performance improvement needs, as well as strategize and implement solutions to complex learning problems.

Doctor of Healthcare Administration (DHA)
The Doctor of Healthcare Administration (DHA) program provides a transformational experience for students in their professional and personal lives, providing the research and analysis framework to evaluate and assess the ethical obligations and responsibilities of healthcare administration to provide responsible leadership.

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
The Doctor of Business Administration is designed to meet the evolving changes in business organizations and in business education. The program reinforces core technical aspects of quality research while also providing graduate students with the abilities employers request most in graduates such as communication and technology skills.

About Franklin University
Founded in 1902, Franklin University is one of the leading and most experienced educators of adult students. Annually, nearly 10,000 students attend Franklin, through its Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, two central Ohio locations, in Beavercreek, at co-locations across Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and online. Franklin offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs (including the new applied doctorate offerings) and graduates more than 1,500 students annually. The University's MBA program is offered internationally through agreements with institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Further information regarding Franklin University can be found at

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


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