PhD Sample Plans

Sample PhD Study Plan – Full Time

First Year Fall Semester (8 hours)

Topics: Applied Theory Workshop – SW 9001 (1 hr)

Research Methods and Design I – SW 9300 (3 hrs)

Statistics Course – SW 9150 (3 hrs)

Pedagogical Methods in SW – SW 9650 (1 hr)

First Year Spring Semester (10 hours)

Advanced Stat (3 hrs)

Topics: Qualitative Methods – SW 9001 (3 hrs)

Elective Course (3 hrs)

Teaching Practicum in SW – SW 9090 (1 hr)

*Part One of the Qualifying Exam at the end of May

First Year Summer Semester (3 hours)

Elective Course (3 hrs)

Second Year Fall Semester (10 hours)

Research Application I – SW 9800 (1 hr)

Elective Course (3 hrs)

Advanced Statistics (3 hrs)

Topics: Social Measurement – SW 9001 (3 hrs)

Second Year Spring Semester (10 hours)

Dissertation Seminar – SW 9890 (3 hrs)

Research Application II – SW 9850 (1 hr)

Elective Course (3 hrs)

Research Methods and Design II – SW 9350 (3 hrs)

After the completion of all required coursework and the comprehensive exam requirement, students must then continue to enroll in enough hours to meet the continuous enrollment requirements and complete a minimum of 12 hours of dissertation credit.

Second Year Summer Semester

Comprehensive Examination (No Credit)

Remaining Semesters as Necessary

Dissertation Hours – SW 9900 (12 hrs)


Sample PhD Study Plan – Part Time

First Year Fall Semester (7 hours)

Topics: Applied Theory Workshop – SW 9001 (1 hr)

Research Methods and Design I – SW 9300 (3 hrs)

Statistics Course – SW 9150 (3 hrs)

First Year Spring Semester (7 hours)

Topics: Qualitative Methods – SW 9001 (3 hrs)

Advanced Statistics (3 hrs)

Pedagogical Methods in SW – SW 9650 (1 hr)

*Part One of the Qualifying Exam at the end of May

First Year Summer Semester (4 hours)

Elective Course (3 hrs)

Teaching Practicum in SW – SW 9090 (1 hr)

Second Year Fall Semester (7 hours)

Research Application I – SW 9800 (1 hr)

Advanced Statistics (3 hrs)

Topics: Social Measurement – SW 9001 (3 hrs)

Second Year Spring Semester (7 hours)

Research Methods and Design II – SW 9350 (3 hrs)

Elective Course (3 hrs)

Research Application II – SW 9850 (1 hr)

Second Year Summer Semester (3 hours)

Elective course (3 hrs)

Third Year Fall Semester (6 hours)

Dissertation Seminar 9890 (3 hrs)

Elective Course (3 hrs)

Comprehensive Examination (No Credit)

Following substantial completion of required coursework, a Comprehensive Exam (no credit hours earned) will be scheduled with your chair and committee. Upon successful completion of the exam, your schedule will be set with your committee.

After the completion of all required coursework and the comprehensive exam requirement, students must then continue to enroll in enough hours to meet the continuous enrollment requirements and complete a minimum of 12 hours of dissertation credit.

Remaining Semesters as Necessary

Dissertation Hours (minimum of 12 hours)

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