10 Best Online Doctoral Programs in Georgia

Higher education is gaining ground in growing Georgia, and according to 2015 statistics the unemployment rate for workers without any college was 6.9% compared to 3.1% to those with a degree in higher education. In addition, by 2020, research suggest that 65% of Georgia’s jobs will require some level of postsecondary education. With improvements being made to educational systems across the state there is today an increase in need for leaders with PhDs in Education especially. Additionally students are attending universities in Georgia to obtain their online doctoral degrees in areas such as nursing, law, technology, and business.

1. University of West Georgia

The University of West Georgia was founded in 1906 originally as a mechanical and agricultural college. Today it is the sixth largest university in the state of Georgia and strives annually to become one of the most comprehensive four year universities in the nation. Students can earn degrees from the bachelor to doctorate levels. The University of West Georgia offers a total of four online doctoral programs; three through the College of Education and one Doctor of Nursing Education degree. The fully online education degrees offered are: Higher Education Administration Ed.D., Professional Counseling and Supervision Ed.D., School Improvement Ed.D. All programs are fully accredited and offer flexible access to lectures and coursework plus extensive research opportunities. The cost of attendance for a fully online program is the same for in state and out of state attendees.

2. Emory University

Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Emory University is a top-rank private university, globally recognized for its liberal arts colleges and professional schools, and is one of the worlds leading healthcare systems. Students can earn degrees from the baccalaureate to doctoral levels. Four online doctoral programs can be obtained online at Emory. The Doctor of Nursing Practice is offered through the acclaimed Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and two tracks are offered, the post BSN or post MSN track. The Health Care or Business Law degrees are hybrid degrees with 10 7-week asynchronous online courses and 3 three-day residencies. The Doctor of Ministry degree is set up to serve experienced ministers with at least three years experience in the field plus their completed MDiv degree. Two tracks are offered: Church Leadership and Community Witness or Biblical Interpretation and Proclamation.

3. Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University is a leader in innovative teaching and learning offering over 150 degrees from the undergraduate to doctoral levels. It is one of the top fifty largest public institutions in the United States! Kennesaw has two metro Atlanta locations in Kennesaw and Marietta, Georgia, plus the online school. Kennesaw State University offers fully online and hybrid degree programs and every course is designed and taught by the same faculty that leads programs on campus, but with the flexibility of learning online. There are two online PhD programs offered online. Both are EdDs offered through the school of education. The Doctor of Education in Instructional Technology is for educators who seek to pursue a career in technology in a leadership position at the local, district or state level. The Doctor of Education in Teacher Leadership prepares students for administrative careers in leadership positions.

4. Georgia Southern University

Founded in 1906 Georgia Southern University is Georgia’s most comprehensive institution south of Atlanta, offering over 140 degree programs from the bachelor to doctoral levels. Additionally, the school has been designated a Carnegie Doctoral and Research university and serves students from all fifty states both on campus and online. The online school at Georgia Southern University offer flexible programs in business, healthcare, and education taught by the same respected faculty that teaches on campus. Online programs cater to students who have other commitments keeping them busy such as their advancing careers or family. The online Doctor in Nursing Practice trains students in areas such as management of care for individuals and populations, administration of nursing systems, the development and implementation of health policy, or direct care of individual patients. The program takes eight semesters to complete and is fully online minus one week-long on campus intensive that occurs each summer.

5. Georgia College & State University

Originally founded as a woman’s educational center in 1889, today Georgia College & State University is Georgia’s only dedicated public liberal arts institution and serves students from across the nation at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The online school at Georgia College offers a fully online doctoral program in Nursing Practice with the twenty-one total fully and hybrid online master degree offerings. The unique thirty-seven credit doctorate program prepares students for leadership positions in healthcare where they can influence policy at the highest organizational level. The curriculum builds to an intense capstone that is defined by each students individual interests and practice. The program can be completed in five semesters of full time study, or split over a period of part time attendance.

6. Columbus State University

Columbus State University was founded in 1958 and today has nationally recognized programs in the arts, education, business and nursing, and offers degrees both on the traditional campus and fully or partially online. Although the institution primarily serves Southeastern United States, students from around the world attend annually. Currently the university offers one online doctoral program in Education. The Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Leadership, with a Higher Education Track, is a sixty-three credit program intended for educators, administrators, and district personnel who plan to fulfill careers in leadership roles. The curriculum and institutional practices are supported by strong research and the university has a proven track record of producing leaders in the field of education. The fully accredited program is delivered in a hybrid fashion with some course completed online and some on campus.

7. University of Georgia

The University of Georgia was founded in 1785 along the banks of the Oconee River in northwest Georgia and is the birthplace of higher education in America. Today it has seventeen colleges and schools that offer integrated programs through teaching, research, and service. The online school at the University of Georgia offers a number of fully and hybrid online degrees in the undergraduate and graduate levels, plus one doctoral degree. The Specialist of Education in Educational Psychology, Gifted and Creative Education is based on a research based philosophy that creativity and giftedness are expressed in a multitude of ways among diverse people. For this reason the program is tailored for each student to meet the students’ individual needs. The program requires a minimum of thirty-one credits and a final written comprehensive examination. The online EdS program is one of the top in the nation and students from across the states attend online annually.

8. University of North Georgia

University of North Georgia is the state of Georgia’s State Leadership Institution and the Military College of Georgia and the institution offers more than 100 degrees both on campus and online from from the associate to doctoral levels. The university is made up of five campuses, plus the online campus, and is located in the fastest growing region of the state, offering students a plethora of opportunity when it comes to research and out-of-classroom experiences. The online school has one doctoral degree in Education, an EdS in Educational Psychology, Gifted and Creative Education. The program is offered through the University of Georgia as an alternative for students wishing to graduate from the North Georgia campus.

9. Luther Rice College & Seminary

Luther Rice College & Seminary is an institution based out of Georgia offering 100% of its programs and degrees though an accredited online platform. Having offered classes online for over fourteen years, the college is a veteran of the virtual classroom. The college boasts flexibility in learning, affordable pricing (it is ranked among the top 10% most affordable online private institutions in the nation) and rigorous academics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. One online PhD program is offered through the online school in Education where students can obtain a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Higher Education Leadership and Practice. The seminary offers an additional thirty credit hour, accredited online Doctor of Ministry degree.

10. Augusta University

Augusta University was founded in 1828 and today is a leading public research institution and medical facility serving as a leader in the field of healthcare nationwide. Students from across the globe attend Augusta University both online and on the traditional campus, located in the quaint town of Augusta, Georgia. The university is home to the states flagship medical and dental school, so it is not surprise that their fully online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree is comprehensive and competitive. Additionally, the program is the online one of its kind in Georgia offering an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) concentration! The program prepares students for careers aiding in advanced patient-family centered care in situations where acute and/or chronically ill patients are served. The program can be completed full- or part-time.