V1. PH.D. DEGREE

PH.D. DEGREE

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The EER Ph.D. is a typical research-based doctoral degree. It provides essential coursework and other learning experiences that will prepare students to publish in top tier engineering education and education journals, compete for federal grants and contracts, and enter into multiple career paths. Students who are admitted to the EER Ph.D. program will be assigned an EER faculty advisor, who is a member of the EER core faculty, or two EER faculty co-advisors (one of whom must be a member of the EER core faculty). The EER faculty advisor is intended to serve as the primary academic and research advisor.

Credit Requirement

Category # of Courses # of Credits
Engineering Education Core (EER 601 and EER 602) 2 6
Research Methods Core 4 12-20
Specialization Electives 3 or more Up to 15
Immersive Learning Experience (EER 610) 1 3
Total 10 or more 36 (minimum)

* In addition to the required coursework, graduate students should acquire additional research experience for up to approximately 48 credits.

** May include up to 6 credits of EER 690: Graduate Independent/Directed Studies and up to 3 credits of EER 598: Special Topics in EER.

Ph.D. Timeline

Fall

Courses/Research
  • Enroll in 2-3 courses
  • Begin research with EER faculty advisor

Winter

Courses/Research
  • Enroll in 2-3 courses
  • Continue research with EER faculty advisor

Spring/Summer

Courses/Research
  • Continue research with EER faculty advisor
Year 1

Fall

Courses/Research
  • Enroll in 2-3 courses
  • Continue research with EER faculty advisor
Milestones
  • Complete RCRS program

Winter

Courses/Research
  • Enroll in 2-3 courses
  • Conduct research for qualifying exam
Milestones
  • Pass qualifying exam
  • Earn M.S. degree

Spring/Summer

Courses/Research
  • Begin Research for Dissertation Proposal Exam (DPE)
Milestones
  • Advance to candidacy
Year 2

Fall

Courses/Research
  • Enroll in up to 1 course
  • Continue research for DPE
Milestones
  • Form a dissertation committee

Winter

Courses/Research
  • Complete Immersive Learning Experience
  • Continue research for DPE
Milestones
  • Pass DPE

Spring/Summer

Courses/Research
  • Begin dissertation research
Milestones
  • Present research at a conference
Year 3
 

Fall

Courses/Research
  • Enroll in up to 1 course
  • Continue dissertation research
Milestones
  • Update dissertation committee

Winter

Courses/Research
  • Enroll in up to 1 course
  • Continue dissertation research
Milestones
  • Update dissertation committee

Spring/Summer

Courses/Research
  • Continue dissertation research
Milestones
  • Publish journal paper
Year 4

Fall

Courses/Research
  • Enroll in up to 1 course
  • Continue dissertation research
Milestones
  • Update dissertation committee

Winter

Courses/Research
  • Enroll in up to 1 course
  • Continue dissertation research
Milestones
  • Pass oral defense
  • Make required dissertation revisions
  • Graduate with Ph.D.
Year 5

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