The doctoral journey of learning, leadership and service
Earning a Ph.D. at Cardinal Stritch University provides rigorous training in the methods of interdisciplinary work, while preparing you to be a researcher, a judicious consumer of research and a notable leader within your professional field. Using the Franciscan values as a guide in learning and interpreting the work students will be engaged in during the program, the Stritch curriculum challenges students to explore learning, leadership and service.
Doctoral students at Stritch come from a diverse range of professions including business and non-profit executives, hospital administrators, K-12 school leaders and consultants from a variety of industries. Our academic programming is designed to allow you to select a more focused content emphasis on Higher Education, Health Care, or Language and Literacy to align with your goals and interests. At Stritch, we believe we are in service to one another in the learning process and work actively within the larger context of relationships and the world.
Less than 1% of the American population has earned a Ph.D., and many of our students are the first in their family to seek education at the highest level. Through dedication to learning and a focus on self-growth, our students realize their goals of impacting their communities.
The Value of a Doctoral Degree
Stritch Ph.D.s - 52.4%
Peer Institution Ph.D.s - 33.6%
All Institution Ph.D.s - 24.6%
*Source: 2018 Survey of Doctorates Earned
The Summer Institute
Doctoral students attend the Summer Institute, a two-week immersive learning experience. Stritch faculty and nationally-recognized subject matter experts lead the Summer Institute, which is heralded by alumni as a transformative experience. In addition to the in-class learning, students complete research on aspects of current theory, integrating the information from the Summer Institute and relating it to practical aspects within society. The Summer Institute is a required, credited learning experience for all doctoral students.