Course Requirements

Core Courses

Statistics and Methodology Courses

Degree Candidacy

Admission to the doctoral program is dependent upon satisfactory evaluations in each of the following three (3) areas:

  1. Coursework performance
  2. Master's Thesis defense and
  3. Successful completion of the Comprehensive Exam or Comprehensive Alternative Project

If the student has been involved in an outside practicum or fieldwork, appropriate persons at that site may be asked to contribute to the student's evaluation. Academic performance is partly based on a student's cumulative grade point average and comments made by faculty who have worked with the student in a classroom setting. A 3.20 cumulative GPA is the minimal expectation for good-standing status in the program. Assessment of research performance is based on evaluations by the professor(s) for whom the student is working or has worked.

Research Thesis

Complete a thesis on a topic approved by the department.

Thesis Examination

The examination, in the field of the graduate student, may be, but is not necessarily, limited to a defense of the student’s thesis