When Sophia Murphy moved to Phoenix after earning her master’s degree in counseling from San Francisco State University, she was immediately struck by the billboards scattered throughout the city proclaiming ASU as a university of innovation. She knew she eventually wanted to return to school to pursue her doctorate, and soon discovered ASU’s Doctor of Behavioral Health program.
At the time, the degree had not yet launched online, and Sophia’s full-time job in community mental health made her hesitant to enroll in an on-campus program.
“I kept the DBH in my head and thought, if only there was a way to do it where I didn’t have to stop working,” she says. “Then one day I discovered they had put it online, and I realized that ASU’s promise of innovation was more than just words.”
She interviewed and was accepted into the program, and was soon able to chase after her doctorate between seeing patients. Though at first she was unsure what to expect from an online degree, she quickly realized that the quality of both the curriculum and instruction was at the same level she’d come to expect from a traditional program.