Academic Programs Catalog

Graduate Education

Doctoral Programs

Program of Study

During the course of study leading to the completion of the doctorate, a student will meet university, college, and department or school requirements, including:

  1. taking certifying or qualifying examinations as required by the department, school, or college.
  2. completing courses in the major and related fields as prescribed by a guidance committee.
  3. fulfilling any college or departmental or school language requirements.
  4. meeting the academic standards, including maintaining a 3.00 cumulative grade–point average, required by university, college, and department or school policies. 
  5. passing doctoral comprehensive examinations covering the major and related fields.
  6. preparing a dissertation that is acceptable to the guidance committee and that is based on original research which makes a significant contribution to knowledge.
  7. passing a final oral examination in defense of the dissertation.