Candidacy and Dissertation

Plan of Study – The Published curriculum must be completed to satisfy the pre-dissertation academic requirements. The faculty advisor and the program chair or doctoral program coordinator must approve modification of the curriculum. Master's level prerequisites must be completed.

Residency – Two semesters of continuous registration for six (6) or more credits

Standards of progress – all students must maintain a GPA of 3.25 or higher to remain in good academic standing and to graduate. Any student who receives two C's in the program is subject to school action, including dismissal. Failing grades must be replaced by a passing grade in the same course or the student is subject to dismissal.

Scholarly Paper or Workshop Proposal – submission of either a scholarly paper to a counseling or counseling-related journal and/or submission of a workshop proposal for a state, national, or international counseling or counseling-related conference. Students must complete this degree requirement prior to sitting for the comprehensive examination.

Comprehensive examination – a written examination taken upon completion of course requirements.

Admission to candidacy – upon passing the comprehensive examination and verification that all coursework and other requirements have been satisfied, admission to candidacy status allows a candidate to formally begin the dissertation.

Research proposal and oral defense of the proposal – these must be completed prior to proceeding with the dissertation.

Dissertation – Students are required to complete a dissertation that demonstrates originality, creativity and scholarship in the field of Higher Education Administration.

Oral defense of the Dissertation – a public presentation of the results of the dissertation at which members of the Dissertation Committee and others are given the opportunity to ask questions before approving or disapproving the dissertation.

Time limitations – requirements, including the dissertation, must be completed by the end of eight (8) calendar years beginning with the date the student first registers as a student for the PhD in Higher Education Administration.