Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The University established this degree for the purpose of providing properly qualified students with the opportunity to pursue research and other scholarly activities beyond the point that is possible in programs for the master’s degree. At present, opportunity for such advanced graduate work is provided in:

adult education, agricultural and applied economics, animal and dairy science, animal nutrition, anthropology, art, biochemistry and molecular biology, bioinformatics, biological and agricultural engineering, business administration, cellular biology, chemistry, communication sciences and disorders, communication studies, comparative literature, computer science, counseling and student personnel services, counseling psychology, crop and soil sciences, ecology, economics, educational administration and policy, educational psychology, educational theory and practice, engineering, english, entomology, environmental health science, epidemiology, financial planning, housing and consumer economics, food science, foods and nutrition, forest resources, genetics, geography, geology, health promotion and behavior, higher education, history, horticulture, human development and family science, infectious diseases, integrative conservation and anthropology, integrative conservation and ecology, integrative conservation and forestry and natural resources, integrative conservation and geography, integrative physiology and pharmacology (veterinary), interdisciplinary biomedical sciences, kinesiology, language and literacy education, learning, design & technology, linguistics, marine sciences, mass communication, mathematics, mathematics education, microbiology, music, neuroscience, pharmacy, philosophy, physics, plant biology, plant breeding, genetics and genomics, plant pathology, political science and international affairs, polymer, fiber, and textile sciences, poultry science, psychology, public administration and policy, recreation and leisure studies, Romance languages, school psychology, science education, social work, sociology, special education, statistics, theatre, toxicology, veterinary and biomedical sciences, veterinary pathology, and workforce education.

This degree will be granted in recognition of proficiency in research, breadth and soundness of scholarship, and thorough acquaintance with a specific field of knowledge, not upon completion of any definite amount of work prescribed in advance. Evidence of such attainment must be provided through the presentation of an acceptable dissertation based upon independent research and the passing of such written and oral examinations as may be prescribed.

Departments that have been approved to offer the Doctor of Philosophy degree may implement this degree program by the adoption of appropriate rules and regulations. Departmental rules and regulations may not, however, conflict with the policies, rules, and regulations of the Graduate School.

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