General Degree Information
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is a research degree and is granted on evidence of general proficiency, distinctive attainment in a special field, and particularly on ability for independent investigation as demonstrated in a dissertation presenting original research with a high degree of literary skill.
The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree is offered for students who desire advanced professional training and academic preparation for the highest levels of educational practice.
Funding Opportunities: Prospective doctoral students are encouraged to learn more about various sources of financial support.
Transfer of Credit: All courses transferred in to any doctoral program must directly relate to the degree being sought. Acceptance of transfer of credit requires approval of the student’s supervisory committee and the Dean of the Graduate School.
Courses and Credits: No courses numbered 1000-2999 may be used as any part of the graduate degree requirements. Courses numbers 3000-4999 MAY be used for MINOR credit when taken as part of an approved graduate program. A minor cannot be in the same department as a student’s major. Full-time students not on a graduate assistantship must register for a minimum of 12 credits. The maximum credits is 18 but is not recommended.
Research Requirements: All doctoral students in the College of Education must meet the College Research Requirements. Students admitted after fall 2004 must comply with these College of Education minimal research requirements.
Time Limits: All work must be completed within five calendar years after the qualifying examination or that examination must be repeated.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE): The School of Teaching and Learning has adopted a waiver for the GRE for admissions to the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) programs effective immediately. This waiver is only applicable to the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) programs. This does not apply to the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs. Applicants for the Ed.D. program do not need to supply a GRE record.