About the 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.
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.
View PhD requirements below.