The Ph.D. degree prepares students for a career as a university faculty member or research scientist in a government agency or the private sector. 70 hours of graduate classes minimum, plus other courses assigned by the student’s advisory committee
While the Ph.D. program is to be personalized for each student’s needs (by them and their Faculty Chair), the only true requirement is that all Ph.D. students MUST take a minimum of 21 RPTS credits (not including RPTS 691).
Though, Ph.D. Coursework should include:
- Minimum of 3 credits quantitative statistics
- Minimum of 3 credits qualitative statistics
- Minimum of 3 credits of research methods
- Minimum of 24 hours of RPTS 691 (Research)
Final degree plan MUST be approved by all members of their committee, and should reflect the rigor expected of a doctoral degree.
*All students must pass a final comprehensive examination administered by their advisory committee. At the end of the semester in which the exam is given, there are no more than 6 hours of coursework remaining on the degree plan (except 681, 684, 690, 691, and 693).