“How long does it take to complete a dissertation?”

My name is Dr. Russell Strickland.

I am a dissertation coach & data-analysis expert. Everyday, I talk with students hard at work on their dissertations but not really getting anywhere. Some have difficulty developing their topics. Others have trouble refining their topics into detailed research designs. And, still others simply don't understand what their committees want.

Whatever the issues they are facing, the conversation often turns to the question of how long the dissertation process should take. I’ve been asked this questions hundreds of times. 

The answer depends on who you ask. The following as excerpts from a conversation on LinkedIn:

"It took me 29 months to
complete mine."  -M.T.

"Hiring someone can help to
speed up the process." -V.K.

" Too Long! " - C.D.

"Mine is taking way too long" -J.J.

"I have a friend [who is now] in her third year of trying to get the proposal approved." -K.A.

"It took me 18 months to do my dissertation"  - B.D.

"The program took 6 years for me." -L.K.

"It has taken 2 1/2 years." -D.G.

"It took me three years to finish my dissertation." -T.F.

"Working with a Coach often speeds up the process."  - K.M.

I recently spoke with an administrator at a large online university who told me that their students typically take about two years to complete their dissertations…those of them who finish, that is!

Did you know that fully half of all students who begin a doctoral program never graduate? They take on tens of thousands of dollars in student loans; they complete the full curriculum of course work; and they eventually walk away without the “Dr.” designation to show for all their hard work. Half!  

Why does this happen? Well, there are reasons and there are excuses, but they don’t change the fact that these people leave the program in little better professional position than when they started. The lucky ones who do graduate generally find that it took them far longer than they would have ever imagined. With dissertation-phase tuition costing $1000 – $1500 per month, how can you afford not to proactively manage your final charge up Mt. Academia?

Don’t let yourself succumb after months or years of treading water in Lake Dissertation. As an experienced dissertation coach, I can help you not only to beat the odds by graduating, but also to approach the entire dissertation process with confidence, effectiveness, and certainty, eliminating significant amounts of stress and saving months in time and tuition.

Think about walking across that stage in the full academic regalia of a Ph.D., DM, Ed.D., or DBA, silly hat and all! Think about friends, family, and colleagues calling you, “Doctor.” Think about the pride you’ll see in their faces — and in the mirror. Now stop thinking about it! Tell me a little about your study, and …

My coach has provided much more feedback than my dissertation committee...Thanks for the help guys, this has been a long and difficult journey so far, but you are helping trim a year from my total time to graduate, and that is so important to me.

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Bryan Henderson, Ph.D. - Los Angeles, CA
Public Administration, Walden University

You also saved me $3,000-$6,000 & six months at a minimum. I completed my degree which felt surreal and I was delighted, relieved, and very happy. I recommended Dissertation Done to a friend and she is currently using your services.

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Natalie Maiden, Ed.D. - Silver Spring, MD
Counseling Psychology, Argosy University, DC Campus

In 6 months, I have learned a lot, am able to work independently, and am up and running. It feels great. Hopefully, I will complete my doctorate in 6 more months. And I will be marketable, no question about that. Dissertation Done is a life saver. Do not leave home without it.

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Jehu Akubuiro, Ph.D. - Southfield, MI
Healthcare Administration, Northcentral University

This is saving me so much time and now I hope to graduate next year. Your company is the best there is!!! Caring, encouraging and truly dedicated for a student to succeed!

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Jan Guy, Ph.D. - Los Angeles, CA
Public Policy and Administration, Walden University

My coach gave me the clarity and focused attention I needed and wasn’t getting from my University, and I was able to finish in a year with a great sense of relief.

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Cyril Thomas, Ph.D. - Katy TX
Business Administration, Northcentral University

Dr. Strickland has been a great help building my confidence and giving me direction to finish my dissertation. I was struggling so much I did not believe I could finish. However, now I can see the end and am working towards completion with daily plans and weekly goals.

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Glen Svenningsen, Ph.D. - Barrington, IL
Chemical Engineering, University of California

Let’s get your dissertation done!

You're Not Alone!

You've spent years attending classes, earning high-school, undergraduate, and graduate degrees. Some of the course work was easy; some of it was hard; and some of it was only successfully completed by Divine Intervention! But, in each of those classes, there were other students sharing your triumphs and struggles.

And, then came the dissertation. No textbooks, no classroom instruction, and no classmates. You feel alone, confused, and frustrated. Days turn into weeks. Weeks turn into months. And, for many, months turn into years!

You need a topic. You need to know what to do next. But, most importantly, you need someone to talk to, to be there for you, to guide you.

I've worked with students at all of these universities and more!

American

Sentinel

University

Colorado

State

University 

Nova

Southeastern

University

University

of

Houston

Argosy

University

Colorado

Technical

University

Nyack

College

University

of

Illinois

Arizona

State

University

Columbia

Southern

University

Seton

Hall 

University

University of

Massachusetts -

Lowell

Auburn

University

Concordia

University 

Chicago

St. John's

University

University

of 

Phoenix

Avila

University

Fairleigh

Dickinson

University

SUNY,

Buffalo

University

of 

Pittsburgh

Ball

State

University

Georgia

State

University

Texas A & M,

Commerce 

Campus

University

of the

Rockies

Benedictine

University


Grand

Canyon

University

Trident

University

Virginia

Tech

Brandman

University -

Irvine Campus

Liberty

University

UNC-CH

Walden

University

California

Southern

University

Morgan

State

University

University

of

Alabama

Wellesley

College

Capella

University

Northcentral

University



They're not alone. And, you don't have to be...

Let’s get your dissertation done!