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Ph.D. Degree Programs

The principle requirement of the Ph.D program is the submission, approval, and successful oral defense of the doctoral dissertation. Students are guided in the preparation of their dissertation by their research advisors and by committees which review and approve oral and written presentations of a prospectus and which administer a preliminary qualifying examination. The student's committee also approves a program of coursework relevant to the student's major area and to a minor area of study.

For application information please visit the Graduate Admissions Office.