The University of Nebraska Omaha offers a variety of doctoral programs so you can achieve your educational goals and receive your degree.
In order to assure that students are under careful advisement and mentoring throughout their careers, a Supervisory Committee is established before a doctoral student begins the last 45 credit hours of their program of study. The supervisory committee is appointed by the Dean for Graduate Studies based upon recommendation of the Graduate Program Committee in the student's major prior to the approval of the program of study. The establishing of a supervisory committee is based on the student's demonstrated ability in the fundamental subject matter of his/her major field and professional promise.
The supervisory committee consists at least four Graduate Faculty members, one of whom must be from outside the student's academic department/school or area in which the doctorate is to be granted. The chair of the supervisory committee must be a member of the Graduate Faculty. In addition to the minimum requirement of four Graduate Faculty members, other eligible persons may be recommended by the Graduate Program Committee for appointment by the Dean to the supervisory committee, provided at least two-thirds of the membership of each committee is Graduate Faculty.
Within the same semester of its appointment, the committee will meet to designate and subsequently file in the Office of Graduate Studies a complete program of studies, including any language or research tool requirements (if applicable), and reading committee. The reading committee consists of two members from the supervisory committee, excluding the chair of the committee.
Generally, courses taken before admission to the doctoral program cannot be included in the Doctoral Requirements section of the program of study form. At least 45 hours of the student's doctoral course work is to be completed after the approval of the program of study by the Dean for Graduate Studies. Any subsequent change in the program is approved by the supervisory committee and the Dean for Graduate Studies.
The minimum amount of graduate credit for the PhD is 90 semester hours, including a dissertation. The PhD dissertation will normally account for 20 semester hours; however, the Information Technology dissertation requires a minimum of 24 semester hours. The minimum number of graduate credit for the EdD is 96 semester hours including the dissertation which normally accounts for 12 semester hours.
When the doctoral student has passed the comprehensive examination, the committee will recommend to the Office of Graduate Studies his/her admission to Candidacy for the doctoral degree, noting in that recommendation the dates of completing the comprehensive examination. This report must be filed at least seven months prior to the final oral examination.
If the term of Candidacy is extended beyond three years (excluding summer terms), the Candidate must pass another comprehensive examination. Following admission to Candidacy the student must register during each academic year semester until he/she receives the PhD or EdD degree. Students not in residence may register for a minimum of one semester credit in dissertation. Failure to register during each academic year semester will result in termination of Candidacy.
Beginning with the Fall Semester 2007 graduation, an electronic version of the thesis, thesis-equivalent project, EdS field project, or dissertation (collectively referred to as ETDs) is required.
An ETD is a document expressed in a format simultaneously suitable for machine archives and worldwide retrieval. Preparation of the ETD may be done using most word processor or document preparation systems that incorporate relevant multimedia objects.
The ETD has many benefits including:
- More access to research both on campus and worldwide
- Less expense to authors as there are no paper costs
- Can provide a better presentation of the research than available in the traditional paper format
Students who wish to order bound copies may do so through ProQuest or they also may make other arrangements.
As a part of the ETD submission students' abstracts are published in UMI's Master's Theses or Dissertations Abstracts publications. Upon submission, you are authorizing Proquest to produce copies of your work on demand for a fee. However, you may request UMI not distribute (or embargo) your ETD until further notice (up to two years). Some reasons for this may be if there is a patent pending, your employers requires a review of your work, or a publishing agreement requires initial publication. The ETD will also be included in the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) database which includes more than 2.3 million citations of which 870,000 are available in PDF. Each submission includes an abstract, citation, and a preview, and a PDF if available. About 3000 libraries subscribe to the PQDT.