Dissertation

The dissertation is the capstone of the Doctoral program and should result in research that advances the state of the art in the chosen field. Dissertations may be written in a traditional format or composed of a portfolio where the main body of the dissertation integrates a set of refereed journals and peer reviewed conference papers which are included as appendices for the details. Regardless of the format, the results of the research must be deemed publishable in major scholarly journals. The following are the guidelines for publication prior to dissertation defense, but should be considered the norm:

  • One (1) accepted peer reviewed journal article
  • One (1) submitted peer reviewed journal article
  • Two (2) presented refereed conference papers

The intent of this requirement is the belief that peer reviewed research produces a superior dissertation, providing a broad review of quality and dissemination of the results to a wider community. (Example table of contents for traditional and portfolio based dissertations is shown in Appendix B. A proposed rubric for the assessment of Doctoral Research is shown in Appendix C.)

(See http://www.stevens.edu/library/services/phd.html for specific formatting and submission information.) All research that involves human subjects requires Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval.

All research that involves human subjects requires Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. See /osp/humans for more information on this matter.

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