Doctoral Student Resources
Doctoral Student Resources
Submit Appointment of Supervisory Committee by the end of the first semester (can be changed later).
|Continuous Enrollment & Good Standing||Once doctoral students begin their program, they may not stop out for one or more semesters without an approved leave of absence from the Doctoral Program Committee. Students must also remain in good standing, maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.33 average for all PhD course work.|
|Years Two & Three||Take qualitative research methods (PA 9960), electives, and specialization seminars.
Take Advanced Research Design (PA 9800).
Complete 1-credit hour Teaching & Professional Skills Workshop (PA 9920).
Field Exams are typically taken in Year 3.
|Candidacy||Upon successful completion of field exams, students apply for Admission to Candidacy for the Doctoral Degree.|
|Years Three & Four||Utilize feedback from PA 9800 and Field Exams to work with Supervisory Committee Chair to develop Dissertation Proposal. Once the Supervisory Committee Chair has approved the Dissertation Proposal, it is sent to the Supervisory Committee. Defense of the proposal will occur before a majority of the members of the Supervisory Committee, and the Chair of the Doctoral Program, no earlier than two weeks after the proposal has been distributed.Upon completion of the proposal defense, students should submit the Proposal Defense Form.
Once the Dissertation Proposal has been successfully defended, students will proceed with submitting their IRB paperwork (if necessary), and then begin the data collection and analysis phase of developing the dissertation. As doctoral candidates are writing their dissertation, they are strongly advised to work closely with their Supervisory Committee Chair. The defense of the dissertation will be scheduled only when the Chair of the Supervisory Committee indicates that it is ready for defense. Students should submit the Application Form for Final Oral Examination. The oral presentation and defense will be conducted by the Supervisory Committee and Doctoral Program Chair, and will be open to the public. Refer to the Dissertation format here.
|Application for Graduation||Once the dissertation has been successfully defended, the doctoral candidate works with the Supervisory Committee Chair to complete the necessary steps for graduation, as well as to file the Report on Completion of Degree Form. Doctoral Candidates should be mindful of the degree deadlines degree deadlines if is interested in participating in Graduation Ceremonies.|
Students should be mindful that they have a maximum of eight years from the date of filing the Program of Study to earn the PhD. On rare occasions this deadline may be extended for one or more semesters at the discretion of the Dean of Graduate Studies on the recommendation of the Doctoral Program Committee.
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