Doctoral Degrees

Become a leader in your field with online doctoral programs

Franklin University’s start-to-finish online doctoral programs let you earn your highest professional credentials in just three years -- including your dissertation. Learn how to bring a higher level of technical, technological, research, communication and leadership skills to the workplace or classroom.
Different than a theoretical, academia-focused doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, our applied doctorate degrees for the working professional prepare you to lead, innovate and transform. Find your future now.

3-Year Completion

Finish your doctorate faster -- including one year for your dissertation.

No-Fear Dissertation™

Finish faster with a jumpstart to your dissertation.

Transfer-Friendly Doctorate

Transfer up to 40% of the credits required for your doctoral degree.

100% Online Classes

Earn your degree around your schedule.

Finish Faster

Transfer up to 24 hours of previously earned credit.

Learning Communities

Stay motivated, increase your learning and expand your network.

Online Doctorate Degrees


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Hear What Our Doctoral Students Are Saying

Doctor of Professional Studies-Instructional Design Leadership Student + Instructional Design Professional

"I can't stop my life as a parent with a full-time job to pursue academics. Franklin bridges that gap for me. I still have all my responsibilities but I'm challenged in a good way. And I can see myself graduating in a couple of years with a doctorate."

Anh Thu
Doctor of Healthcare Administration Student + Project Director, Ohio Asian American Health Coalition

“I didn’t really have any hesitations. I knew right away that Franklin was the school for me. I knew that a doctorate in healthcare is what I wanted from the beginning to help make an impact on the community."

Doctor of Healthcare Administration Student + Instructional Assistant with Columbus City Schools

“The positive part is the faculty. They’re amazing teachers. I’ve been at other universities prior to this, but the faculty members at Franklin are what keep me coming.”

Doctor of Business Administration Student + Manager, Abbott Nutrition

“What drew me to Franklin’s program was the online coursework that enabled me to continue to work full time while progressing through the program. The flexibility allowed me to learn how I could improve my organization and implement changes in real time.”

Doctor of Business Administration Student + Executive Director, Dress for Success Columbus

“Earning my doctorate will help me hone my leadership skills and build my knowledge within my discipline, which is nonprofit management. I want to learn how to ask tough questions of myself, my leadership team and my staff to really make my organization an even stronger one than it is today.”

Get 360-Degree Support Throughout Your Doctoral Program

You’ll receive robust academic support from a variety of resources throughout your doctoral program. Together, our practice-minded faculty and your fellow doctoral students will support, mentor, encourage and keep you accountable to the program – and to yourself. 

Doctoral Faculty Advisor

Your faculty advisor guides your research interests and appropriate coursework selection.

1:1 Research Support

Convenient online access to Franklin’s librarians helps you maximize our robust research and library services.

Graduate Advisor

A graduate advisor regularly reviews academic progress, creates a personal education plan, ensures you are registered for courses each term, and connects you with other University departments and resources.

Academic Support Team

Our academic support services staff are available for paper review (prior to your dissertation courses), tutoring, and pertinent workshops such as APA (American Psychological Association) style and stress management.

Differentiate Yourself With An Applied Doctorate

Different than a theoretical, academia-focused doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, our applied doctorate degrees for the working professional prepares you to lead, innovate and transform. 

Franklin’s doctorates are professionally oriented degrees that enable you to apply doctoral-level thinking to complex problems in the real world. The cross-disciplinary programs also provide an avenue to expand your research, communication and decision-making competencies.