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Education, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Other Ph.D. in Education program requirements

Residency requirement

Ph.D. in Education students are required to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours each calendar year, commencing with the first semester in which the student enrolls for course work.

Qualifying examination

After completing 15 hours of study (including the doctoral foundations seminars and initial research course), students will take the qualifying examination covering basic research and writing skills. Additional content related to the concentration could be assessed at the discretion of the individual tracks. The examination provides an early assessment of students progress. Student must pass the qualifying examination to proceed in the program.

Program planning

Ph.D. in Education students are required to submit a final plan of program study before the completion of the 27th credit hour of study.

Comprehensive examination

Ph.D. in Education students are required to pass a comprehensive examination at the completion of all course work (excluding the dissertation component). The examination is scheduled once each semester over a two-day period.


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