The academic community worldwide has long adopted the PhD program as means to prepare professionals who can contribute to the growth of a body of knowledge as well as teach this discipline at an advanced level. The UP Open University contributes to this end through its two doctoral programs – the PhD in Education and Doctor of Communication. Compared to other universities though, UPOU’s doctoral programs are offered online, which makes them quite flexible and accessible even to working professionals. Doctoral students at UPOU are usually academics working full-time. They are able to acquire the required research skills and proficiency in the discipline while pursuing their academic careers