Degree Requirements

The requirements for the PhD in Community and Public Affairs include core courses (11 credit hours), research courses (17 credit hours), and elective courses (9 credit hours) for a total of 37 post-masters credits. The following is the recommended course sequence and major milestone progression for full-time students. Part-time students should consult closely with their advisor about progressing through the program.

Course Sequence

Fall (10 credits)

  • CCPA 600, Research Design (3 credits)
  • CCPA 610, Community and Public Affairs Seminar I: Positionality, Social Justice, and the Politics of Knowledge Production (3 credits)
  • CCPA 612, Community and Public Affairs Seminar II: Leadership in Multiple Contexts (3 credits)
  • CCPA 650, Proseminar I: The Scholarship of Discovery, Integration, and Application (1 credit)

Spring (10-11 credits)

  • CCPA 602, Qualitative Analysis (3 credits) OR EDUC 621: Seminar Quantitative Research (4 credits)
  • CCPA 611, Community and Public Affairs Seminar III: Issues, Dilemmas, and Ethics in Social Systems (3 credits)
  • Elective (3-4 credits; must be 500 level or above)
  • Complete Plan of Study Meeting with Doctoral Committee

Year Two

Fall (9-10 credits)

  • NURS 604, Qualitative Methods Nursing (3 credits) OR NURS 600 Advanced Quantitative Analysis (introductory statistics course, 3 credits)
  • CCPA 690, Research Experience I (3 credits)
  • Elective (3-4 credits; must be 500 level or above)

Spring (7-12 credits)

  • CCPA 651, Proseminar II: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (1 credit)
  • CCPA 691, Research Experience II (3 credits)
  • Elective (3-4 credits; must be 500 level or above)
  • Optional additional research course, elective, or supervised independent study (3-4 credits)

Summer (3 credits - optional, could count for an elective)

  • Comprehensive Examination
  • CCPA 680B, Research Proposal Writing (3 credits) – optional course

Year Three

Fall (1 credit)

  • CCPA 699, Dissertation Seminar (1 credit)
  • Dissertation Proposal

Spring (1 credit)

  • CCPA 699, Dissertation Seminar (1 credit)

Year Three/Year Four

  • Dissertation Defense

Last Updated: 10/23/14