doctoral degree requirements.
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.
Changes to the Supervisory Committee
Any changes to the supervisory committee after the initial approval must be submitted using a new Supervisory Committee form and submitting to the Office of Graduate Studies for approval by the Dean for Graduate Studies.
If the chair of a supervisory committee leaves the employ of the University, or retires, the Office of Graduate Studies must be notified immediately and a change in the supervisory committee as follows:
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.
A residency requirement has been established for the purpose of ensuring the doctoral program be reasonably compact, continuous, and coherent; and that a substantial portion be in fact done at and under the close supervision of the university. The residency requirement is part of the student’s approved program.
In exceptional circumstances, where it is clear the purpose of residency being fulfilled although the formal conditions are not met, the student’s supervisory committee may, with the approval of the Dean for Graduate Studies, designate an alternative procedure for satisfying the residency requirement.
Requirements for PhD in Criminal Justice and Information Technology
Requirements for the Phd in Public Administration and EdD degree
A minimum of three full years of graduate study is normally required to complete a program for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Education. The time limit on granting the PhD or EdD degree is ten years from the time of filing the student’s program of study in the Office of Graduate Studies, individual programs may have other deadlines for completion. Neither the courses taken nor the time spent in study determines the granting of the degree. It is given primarily for high attainment in some special field of scholarship and for demonstrated power of independent research in a subdivision of this field.
Doctoral Students who are forced to interrupt their studies, may request a leave of absence from the University for up to one year. In consultation with their department/school and their supervisory committee, students should define the program modifications the leave of absence requires. Requests should indicate a reason for leaving and the expected date of return to the University. If approval is granted, the time limits on the granting of the doctoral degree will be frozen for the time specified (up to one year). Students should file a request with their supervisory committee chair who will forward it to the Dean for Graduate Studies. Approval of the Dean for Graduate Studies is required prior to taking the leave of absence.
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.
The final examination is oral. It is given by the supervisory committee after the Candidate’s studies have been completed and the dissertation has been accepted for examination. The committee also determines its character and length. The examination may be devoted to the special field of the dissertation or to the Candidate’s general knowledge, or it may be designed to test judgment and critical powers.
The final oral examination will not be scheduled unless the chair of the supervisory committee and at least two other members of the committee are available for the examination. Exceptions may be made only by permission of the Dean for Graduate Studies. In any event, the supervisor and readers of the dissertation must have seen and approved the completed dissertation before the final oral examination will be scheduled.
The final oral examination over the dissertation may be waived only with the unanimous consent of the supervisory committee and only in extremely unusual circumstances. The committee reports the results of the final oral examination or the reason for its waiver to the Office of Graduate Studies by using the Report on Completion of Degree form.
In the event that members of an oral examining committee are not unanimous regarding the passing of a Candidate, the student is to be approved for the degree only if one examiner dissents. However, in each case, the dissenting member of the committee will be expected to file a letter of explanation to the Office of Graduate Studies.
Information regarding the dissertation can be found at: dissertation portion of thesis/dissertation guidelines