Post-bachelor’s Ph.D.

Students entering the doctoral program with a BS degree are required to complete a minimum of 64 credit hours applicable to the PhD degree.  At least 32 credit hours must be acquired from structured coursework at the 500-level-or –higher, which includes a minimum of 4 credit hours at the 700-level.  Of the 32 credits, 16 credits must be from the required core (see below) and 8 must be from the required concentration.  A minimum of 16 credit hours of research/dissertation is required.

Students must also take SE 801 Teaching Practice 1 and SE 802 Teaching Practice 2.  These courses cannot be used to meet the structured course requirements. Practical teaching experience for an assigned course, includes some combination of running discussion sections, managing laboratory sections, providing some lectures, preparing homework and solution sets, exams, and grading. Attend lectures/seminars on best teaching practices. Total time commitment: up to 20 hours/week for one semester for each course.

Post-bachelors doctoral students will be awarded an MS degree upon completion of the 32 credit hours of structured coursework and the PhD Prospectus Defense.

In addition to credit requirements, each student must:

  • successfully pass the area qualifying exam
  • successfully propose and defend an original body of dissertation work