If you are interested in contributing to the project management industry through doctoral research, you can pursue an online Doctor of Philosophy in Project Management. Also, you can apply for online programs with a project management concentration such as a PhD in Information Technology or Doctor of Business Administration.
For most programs, a master’s degree in a related field is a prerequisite for admission. Generally, courses of study are designed for professionals who want to consult or teach as a faculty member of a university. Other PhD candidates pursue director-level positions as project managers for large corporations.
Compulsory courses emphasize theoretical approaches, statistical analysis and in-depth assessments of project feasibility. You also explore relevant project law and social and ethical issues related to the execution of projects.
Performance reporting in the form of a written assessment of a project’s progress and effectiveness in meeting objectives is particularly important at the doctoral studies level. All programs require you to write a dissertation or major research paper. Although some universities offer accredited programs in an online format, you may still need to attend a residency to fulfill degree requirements.