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Road to Success: A Guide for Doctoral Students

Road to Success Guide

Launched in Fall 2021, the Graduate College offers a self-paced, asynchronous Blackboard Learn shell with content tailored for various stages of the doctoral degree program called, Road to Success: A Guide for Doctoral Students.

The shell, which can be found by logging into Blackboard Learn under "Organizations" in the "Administrative Term" (not a 'Course"), includes information about the doctoral journey, writing tips, critical thinking, communication, navigating difficult discussions, being an ally, career options, and more.

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Our goal is to continue to enhance this resource over time to make it a comprehensive and invaluable tool.

We welcome and encourage feedback about this resource.

More About the Road to Success

This resource was designed and is curated by the Graduate College to assist doctoral students throughout their academic life-cycle here at Drexel, but broken down into two phases:

  • A Guide to New Doctoral Students
  • A Re-Orientation for Doctoral Students

The provided resources are a combination of internal and external information. This information is updated and reviewed on an annual basis. The content contained in this shell is meant to support students and supplement the information provided by the individual program. The information provided by the program or department will always supersede the content provided in the shell.

Explore the following tabs for resources:

  • Doctoral milestones
  • Community building
  • Academic Integrity
  • Critical thinking
  • Time management
  • Minoritized students
  • Supporting equity, inclusion & justice
  • Financial considerations
  • Communication
  • The mentor relationship
  • Funding resources
  • Writing, publishing and presentations
  • Professionals development
  • Working in the lab
  • Human research Protection
  • Career Options for PhDs
  • Self-care
  • National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

It is advisable to communicate with your department, advisors and/or mentor on a regular basis throughout your doctoral journey.

From the entire Graduate College staff and faculty, we wish you great success in this journey.

Again, don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or feedback at