Adult & Higher Education, Ph.D.

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Minimum Total Hours: 90

Program Code: D005

Program Requirements

Introduction to Doctoral Research (1 course, 3 hours)
EDAH 6013Pro Seminar: Foundations of Research in Adult and Higher Education3
Quantitative Data Analysis (2 courses, 6 hours)
A two course sequence approved by the student's doctoral advisory committee6
Qualitative Research Methods & Data Analysis (2 courses, 6 hours)
A two course sequence approved by the student's doctoral advisory committee6
Advanced Research Methods (1 course, 3 hours)
One course approved by the student's doctoral advisory committee3
Higher Education Core Courses (3 courses, 9 hours)
EDAH 5013The Adult Learner3
EDAH 5023Administration of Adult and Higher Education3
EDAH 5033Critical Literature in Adult and Higher Education3
Prospectus Development (1 course, 3 hours)
EDAH 6813Prospectus Development3
Dissertation Research (2 hours minimum, 15 hours maximum)
EDAH 6980Research for Doctoral Dissertation2-15
Elective Hours (45-58 hours)
45-58 hours, including Master's transfer credits, as approved by student's doctoral advisory committee45-58
Total Credit Hours90

General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees

A student should expect to spend at least the equivalent of three full academic years beyond the bachelor’s degree to obtain the doctoral degree. During this period the student will take appropriate graduate coursework, successfully complete the general examination, and successfully defend and submit the final dissertation.

All coursework applied to the doctoral degree must carry graduate credit.

The doctoral degree requires at least 90 post-baccalaureate hours, including both formal coursework and hours of research.

The minimum hour requirement for a specific doctoral degree program cannot be waived.

No more than one-half of the credit hours, both OU and overall, excluding Research for Doctoral Dissertation (6980), may be S/U-graded coursework.

The student must be in residence at OU for at least two consecutive 16-week semesters during the pursuit of the doctoral degree while enrolled and engaged in coursework or research activities as prescribed by the major academic unit.

For more detailed regulations and requirements for Doctoral degrees, please consult the Graduate College Bulletin: