General Curriculum Requirements
Students must complete a minimum of 135 credit hours to receive the PhD degree. Included in these hours is a minimum of 90 credit hours of coursework in one's major and minor areas of study (the first 2-3 years, as well as 45 hours of dissertation credit (the final 1-2 years).
Degree Completion Time Frame
The PhD Program encourages completion of the entire degree within a four year period, as college funding is guaranteed for that period of time if satisfactory progress is maintained from year to year. Most students complete the degree in 4-5 years.
Each student's progress in the program is formally reviewed and discussed with the student annually. Students complete a self-assessment, showing one's academic, research, teaching and professional activities over the course of each year. Students meet with their adviser to discuss the annual review, and develop goals for the following year.
Your progress in the program will be measured by a series of formal evaluations. The evaluation process gives you feedback from faculty about your status relative to program requirements and goals.