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Doctoral Dissertation

A major milestone in the Program is the completion of a doctoral dissertation. A student is expected to complete a major original research study within the general domain of measurement/quantitative methods or learning sciences under the direction of a Measurement, Quantitative Methods, & Learning Sciences (MQM-LS) faculty advisor. Students may begin formal dissertation work after they have been advanced to candidacy, which requires completion of the candidacy research project and the portfolio doctoral comprehensive examination.

Students are required to defend and complete a dissertation proposal and the final dissertation. They must be enrolled in at least 6 hours of Dissertation when completing this requirement. Specifically, students must be enrolled in PHLS 8399 during the defense of the dissertation proposal and in PHLS 8399 during their final dissertation defense. Students may register for additional dissertation hours, but only 6 hours may be listed on their degree plan. After first enrolling in dissertation hours, a student must be continually enrolled in dissertation hours (at least 3 hours) until the student graduates. Summer enrollment is required only if the student is actively engaged in dissertation work and using faculty time or university resources.

Please see the Measurement, Quantitative Methods, & Learning Sciences Ph.D. program handbook for detailed information about dissertation procedures.