You must earn 84 graduate credits to complete the doctoral program. Of these credits, 0 to 30 must be earned through course work, and 30 to 60 via research work. You may apply up to 30 credits from a master’s program toward your doctoral degree.
Within two years of your admission, you must take a written qualifying examination to test your comprehension of the fundamentals and of the field. After passing the qualifying examination you must take an oral preliminary examination to evaluate your aptitude for advanced research and your understanding of the subjects associated with your dissertation topics. Upon satisfactory completion of this oral examination, you become a doctoral candidate and start your dissertation research.
Doctoral research must be based on an original investigation, and the results must make a significant, state-of-the-art contribution to the field, worthy of publication in current professional literature. At the completion of the research, you must defend your thesis in a public presentation.