Course Requirements

Minimum of 48 quarter hours beyond the Bachelor's degree including the following:

Core Courses

Statistics and Methodology Courses

Research Thesis

Students must complete a thesis on a topic approved by the department.

Thesis Examination

An oral examination, in the student's field of graduate study, may be, but is not necessarily, limited to a defense of the student’s thesis.  

Degree Candidacy

For students in the MA/PhD program, advancement to doctoral candidacy is dependent upon satisfactory evaluations in each of the following three areas:  

  1. Coursework performance
  2. Master’s Thesis
  3. Doctoral Candidacy Exam or Alternative Project (i.e., Comprehensive Exam or Comprehensive Alternative Project).

Not more than four years should elapse between admission to the program and admission to doctoral candidacy.