Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Master's: 48

Required Courses:

Core Courses
EDUC 5262Introduction to Qualitative Research3
EDUC 8402Policy Analysis3
EDUC 8403Understanding Social Science3
EDUC 8404Quantitative Analysis, Part I3
EDUC 8405Quantitative Analysis, Part II3
or HIED 8262 Advanced Practice-Based Qualitative Research in Higher Education
EDUC 9987Teaching Apprenticeship3
EPSY 8627Introduction to Research Design and Methods3
Advanced Methods Elective3
Concentration Courses 118
Research Courses 26
EDUC 9998
Dissertation Proposal Design
EDUC 9999
Doctor of Education Dissertation
Total Credit Hours48

See the requirements for each of the 3 PhD concentrations in the course grids below.


Of the 6 credits overall, a minimum of 2 credits of EDUC 9999 must be taken.

Adult and Organizational Development Concentration

AOD 8101Training and Organizational Development: Theory and Research3
EDAD 8775Understanding Organizational Dynamics in Educational Settings3
EDUC 9991Research Apprenticeship3
Select one from the following:3
AOD 5402
Negotiating Conflict
AOD 5404
Organizational Development
AOD 5516
Negotiation Processes
AOD 5518
Third-Party Conflict Intervention
AOD 5527
Training Design and Delivery
AOD 5533
Team Development
Select one from the following:3
HRM 9001
Managing Human Resources
SOC 5341
SOC 8111
Classical Social Theory
SOC 8351
Total Credit Hours18

Higher Education Concentration

EDUC 9991Research Apprenticeship3
HIED 8101Advanced Seminar on Higher Education Administration3
HIED 8102Higher Education Economics and Finance3
HIED 8103Equity in Higher Education Policy and Practice3
HIED 8104Seminar on Theory in Higher Education and Leadership3
Total Credit Hours18

Urban Education Concentration

EDUC 9991Research Apprenticeship3
URBE 5417The Urban Environment3
URBE 5501Urban Schools3
URBE 5565The Origins of Urban Education3
Theory Elective3
Total Credit Hours18

Culminating Events:
Comprehensive Examination:
Students are required to complete their comprehensive examination by the end of their second year of doctoral studies. The specific nature of the examination is determined by the concentration selected by the student, but all comprehensive examinations require students to demonstrate proficiency in theory, research methodology, and discipline-specific content.

Proposal with Oral Defense:
The dissertation proposal demonstrates the student's knowledge of and ability to conduct the proposed research. Minimally, the proposal should contain the context and background surrounding a particular research problem; a survey and review of the literature to a sufficient degree to provide the reader with enough information to understand why the research is being conducted; a detailed methodological plan for investigating the problem; and a proposed timeline for completing the dissertation. The Doctoral Advisory Committee must approve the student's proposal, which is presented at a formal proposal defense.

Dissertation with Oral Defense:
The doctoral dissertation is an original piece of scholarship that makes a significant contribution to the field of Policy and Organizational Studies. A successful dissertation will be publishable in a refereed journal.

The Doctoral Advisory Committee oversees all aspects of the student's dissertation from the proposal to the oral defense. It is composed of three members of the Graduate Faculty. A member of the Policy, Organizational and Leadership Studies faculty typically chairs the committee. At least one faculty member from outside the program must be on the committee. The student chooses their committee in consultation with the selected chair. A student may petition for a change of chairperson or member of the Doctoral Advisory Committee. This petition must be approved by the Department Chair and by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies. Complete details about the dissertation process are available in the College of Education and Human Development Dissertation Handbook, which is available from the Dean's office.

The Dissertation Examining Committee evaluates the student's dissertation and oral defense. It is composed of the three members of the Doctoral Advisory Committee plus one additional faculty member, i.e., an outside examiner. One member may be assigned by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies. The Dissertation Examining Committee evaluates the dissertation and the student's ability to defend it. The committee votes to pass or fail the dissertation. The outcome of the defense is determined by majority vote.

Students who are preparing to defend their dissertation must confirm a date and time with the Dissertation Examining Committee. Notification of the date and time must then be submitted on the appropriate College form to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies no less than 3 weeks prior to the oral defense. The announcement of the oral defense is sent by the Associate Dean to the Graduate School no less than 10 days prior to the defense. A copy of the announcement is also sent to each member of the Dissertation Examining Committee and is posted on the bulletin board in the Office of Student Services of the College of Education and Human Development.