Institute Requirements

Students admitted into a Doctoral program are required to earn a minimum of 84 credits beyond the Bachelor’s degree. Institute requirements beyond the credit requirement include the following:


  • A written dissertation proposal and a successful defense;
  • The successful completion of the 3 credit course PRV 961 (included in the 84 credits), which should be taken after passing the Qualifying Examination and preferably concurrent with the preparation of the dissertation proposal; and
  • At least one manuscript based on dissertation work submitted to a peer-reviewed journal at the time of the dissertation defense.