The program of study should be designed to provide appropriate depth and support for the student's area of interest (concentration) and to prepare the student for research in his/her chosen area. The program of study is proposed by the student after consultation with his/her major and minor professors and must be approved by his/her Graduate Committee and the Graduate Coordinator.
The course work will consist of not less than forty-three credit hours of applicable graduate courses, plus dissertation and internal or external minor. The forty-three credit hours includes a graduate seminar (one credit), but excludes master's thesis, master's project, and dissertation. Graduate courses completed as part of the Master's degree or graduate courses completed prior to entry into the Ph.D. program may, when approved by the student's Graduate Committee, be applied to the Ph.D. degree requirements. The Committee's decision will be documented by an "Attachment Sheet for Program of Study" form. The program of study will cover remaining course work requirements. A Ph.D. student's program of study may include 6000-level prerequisite courses [effective Spring 2008]. In addition, the program of study must contain the following specific elements:
The major course work requires a minimum of 43 credit hours. It must satisfy the following requirements:
A minimum of 20 hours of dissertation credits is required.