Why are PhD programs not set up for the working man or woman? I have been toying with the idea of doing a PhD for some time. Just last evening I was looking around the University of South Carolina's PhD in Southern History website. It looked great until I got to the resident requirements. I would have to quit my job to attend and that is something I just can't do. The same is true with other schools. I have looked at PhD programs at UNC Greensboro (United States History), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Church History), George Mason University (United States History), and others. At one point I considered Liberty University's online Doctor of Education program but then realized that was not what I wanted. I just don't understand why they don't make these programs more accessible. I teach history and humanities at a local community college. During an average semester I usually teach between 21 and 24 hours (7 to 8 classes) which makes PhD studies difficult to fit in anyway. However if they would offer online and weekend classes I could probably fit it in. Leaving my current position is not an option or a desire. Why can't universities create programs for people like myself? At this point I can either (a) never earn a PhD, (b) earn a Doctor of Education, (c) earn an unaccredited PhD, or (d) wait for a school like APU to start offering history PhDs online. I don't like options "b" or "c" and option "d", though regionally accredited, will limit my ability to move to the University level since APU is not highly regarded in academic circles. At this point I am leaning towards "a" only because it seems like I have no other choice. In today's world that is a sad commentary on the University/Seminary systems.