PhD students derive maximum benefits from the program when they maintain full time study status of 9 credit hours per semester. The minimum residency requirement is two contiguous semesters (excluding Summer term) of full time study. The residency requirement must be met before the student is eligible for the comprehensive academic project.

Statute of Limitations

  • Students are expected to complete all course work and the comprehensive academic project within 5 calendar years from the date of first registration in the doctoral program.
  • All requirements for the Ph.D. degree must be completed within 8 calendar years of enrollment. (Example: If first registration is August 2010, the eight-year limit expires August, 2018).

Advanced Standing

A maximum of 18 credits may be transferred into the PhD program. For credits to be considered acceptable, they must stem from a related post-entry level degree and be approved by both the student’s program advisor and the PhD Program Director.

Please provide all relevant documentation (i.e. syllabi and transcripts) to support your case related to the coursework / credits under consideration.

  • Grades earned on transferred work must be equivalent to a ‘B’ or better.
  • Courses taken on a pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • The program does not accept transfer credit for non-credit courses, including lifetime learning seminars and programs, or courses taken for Continuing Education Units.