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Refer to the doctoral handbook for an explanation of the criteria, weight assign- ments given to each criterion, procedures for scoring, and other admission pro- cedures.

Grade Point Average. No more than two grades of “C” can be applied toward completion of doctoral coursework. If a student makes a third “C” or at any time makes a grade below a “C”, he or she will not be allowed to enroll in additional doctoral coursework . A minimum 3.25 GPA on all coursework taken is a requirement for completion of the doctoral program.

Residence Requirements. After being admitted to the doctoral program, a student will be required to spend at least two consecutive semesters in full-time study.

Comprehensive Examination. The comprehensive written examination is given in the fields of study for which the student is responsible. The examination will be given after the candidate has completed all of the courses and studies required in the program, with the exception of those in progress at the time of the examina- tion.

Coursework. A student is required to complete admission requirements during the first nine hours of doctoral coursework. The student’s program of studies must be approved by his/her major committee, and courses taken prior to being admitted may or may not be applied toward degree requirements. No courses at the “800” level are to be taken prior to admission.

Termination From or Denial of Readmission to the Doctoral Degree Program. The candidate’s advisory committee will periodically review and evaluate the student’s progress in the program. If at any time the committee concludes that the student is not progressing satisfactorily, it may recommend to the division chairman that the student be dropped from the program.

Student Responsibility. The graduate student must accept full responsibility for knowing the policies and regulations relevant to the degree program.


An acceptable dissertation is a requirement for the completion of the doctoral program. The dissertation must embody the results of an extended research effort which is an original contribution. It should reflect the candidate’s ability to con- duct independent research and interpret in a logical manner the facts and phe- nomena revealed by the research. Each candidate must defend the dissertation before an examining committee appointed by the division chair and approved by the Dean of the College of Education.

Detailed instruction, concerning style, number of copies, fees and other matters relating to the dissertation, is available in the Office of the Coordinator of Doctoral Studies.

A handbook for doctoral students is available in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction. Students employed full-time will be allowed to take no more than six hours per semester, excluding the residency requirement.


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