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Degree Requirements

The coursework requirements for the PhD in Community and Public Affairs include 6 core courses (18 credits); a required 2 course in-situ based research project sequence (6-8 credits); a required Interdisciplinary Case Conferencing Course (3 credits); and 5 electives (graduate courses from any University department, with approval of student's advisory committee) for a total of 40 post-masters credits. A "B" (3.0) average must be maintained.

Course Sequence

Year One (All Core Courses)

Fall

Spring

Year Two

Fall

Spring 

Year Three

Fall

Spring

Dissertation

Though course and project work, Years One and Two lay the foundation for the dissertation, including preparation of drafts or even published chapters as elements of the dissertation. Year Three is devoted to organizing and completing the dissertation.

The PhD will be awarded for original investigation leading to the advancement of knowledge at the intersections of at least two disciplines and/or professions. In discussing the results obtained, the student will address next steps for further research, policy developments and possible interventions that could reasonably be derived from the completed work. An oral defense of the dissertation is also required for the student to complete the program.

In addition to the traditional format, alternatively, the dissertation may include chapters that are a series of publishable papers or published journal articles, emanating from course and project work during the program. If this option is chosen, the student will write an introductory chapter that provides the foundation for the dissertation and then explains how the subsequent chapters (the journal articles) are related. The final chapter will provide a synthesis with conclusions and recommendations for further research, policy changes, and possible interventions. When published "journal article" chapters with multiple authors are included in a dissertation, the contribution of each author must be explained.

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Last Updated: 6/7/13