Our Ph.D. is a research-oriented degree, not a professional doctorate like an Ed.D. The focus of our program is becoming a scholar. Ph.D. students build new knowledge through research and scholarship, rather than just consuming the knowledge produced by others or by demonstrating a greater mastery of professional practice. It is not appropriate for people who solely wish to deepen or update their technical or professional design skills. Consider our advanced certificate program instead, which may be taken even if you have a Master's degree in our field.