The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree requires 33 total credits (24 credit hours of course work and 9 credits of doctoral dissertation work on a research topic approved by the student’s advisor). Students already holding a Masters degree from another program or university accepted to the Ph.D. program are required to complete 9 credits of doctoral dissertation and will have their previous coursework evaluated by the faculty to determine if additional courses are required. All students must pass a qualifying examination, a data defense, and a defense. The dissertation must be of publishable quality as judged by the materials faculty.
All graduate students must maintain a cumulative grade-point index of 3.0.