The Ph.D. policies and procedures are intended to assure high academic performance while permitting flexibility in what is required of each student to achieve that standard. Advisers and doctoral committee members are expected to use their professional judgment in setting specific requirements for each doctoral student based upon their understanding of the student's individual goals and needs. Consequently, seldom do any two students complete their programs in the same wayeven those who choose the same emphasis area. All students are admitted to the Graduate School, College of Education, and Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C & I) through standard procedures. Each student must complete a candidacy examination and then within an eight year period complete the residency requirement, a written and oral comprehensive examination, and a dissertation.


The Graduate School requires at least one year of residency beginning during or after the semester in which a student passes a candidacy examination and prior to graduation from a doctoral program. Residency is defined as a student being enrolled full time for two consecutive academic semesters. Summer sessions do not count for residency. Full-time enrollment is defined as nine graduate course credits of academic work during a semester. For residency purposes, C I 601 does not count as full-time enrollment. The C I faculty recommends that doctoral students exceed the nine credit minimum if possible.

Ph.D. Manual
Expectations of the Curriculum & Instruction Doctoral Program
Roles of an Adviser ○ Admission to Candidacy ○ The Doctoral CommitteePlan of StudyComprehensive ExaminationDissertationProcedures Concerning Graduation