The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program requires a minimum of 96 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree, which includes 24 credits of dissertation. Of the remaining 72 credits, a maximum of 24 credits (with grades of B or better) may be applied from a master's degree program or previous post-baccalaureate graduate studies program toward the doctoral degree. These credits must be approved by your chair, the College of Education Doctoral Director of Graduate Study, and the Dean of the Graduate School. Credit for completion of a thesis or special project may not be included.
At least 30 credits of 700-level courses beyond the bachelor's degree, exclusive of dissertation credits, are required for the Ph.D. degree. As many as 18 credits of 700-level course work may be used from a master's degree program (University General Catalog, under Graduate School). Degree requirements must be completed within 8 years of admission to the program.
24 credits: Research and required core
- Doctoral Seminar in Education
Required Research Courses:
- One Quantitative research course
- One Qualitative research course
- Additional research courses (may be chosen from courses above, others from below with approval of advisor):
- Program Development and Evaluation
- Survey Research in Education
- Research Applications in Education
- Mixed Methods Research in Education
- Special topics research course such as Single Subject Design
- Others from outside COE (with approval)
- Lower level courses such as EDRS 640 and EDRS 700 or equivalents are prerequisites
- Course names and requirements are subject to change. Please visit the course catalog for the most current information.
24 credits: Area of emphasis
Coursework is determined by the Advisory/Examining Committee in close consultation with the student. Credits brought in from Master’s degree may apply to area of emphasis.
24 credits: Cognate
The cognate is comprised of a second area of emphasis, interdisciplinary courses related to the emphasis area, or other courses to support, deepen, or broaden your advanced preparation. Students in our program have chosen to take coursework in Educational Leadership (if interested in administration), Counseling and Educational Psychology (if interested in collaborative work with counseling or working with students with addiction or mental health issues), or taking coursework in Behavior Analysis that may lead to the Board Certified Behavior Analyst certification. Your work in your cognate is a way to target your work in special education and should be planned carefully with your advisor.
24 credits: Dissertation
The dissertation is the culminating experience for the doctoral degree. It represents an independent research project that makes a contribution to the field of study.
Coursework earned as part of a master’s degree can count toward the area of emphasis, as well as toward the research or cognate areas, depending on relevance. Decisions about prior coursework are approved by your chair and your Advisory/Examining Committee.
Our program goal is for all students to complete the doctoral degree within 5-6 years. Research has shown that students who work on this trajectory have the highest chance of ultimately completing their doctoral studies. The best way to meet this objective is full-time studies; however, we have students in our program who are part-time students. You will be advised to work closely with your initial advisor and ultimately your chair to develop a timeline and program of study that meets your career goal and is most likely to result in completion.