Doctoral dissertation research
The defended proposal must be approved by the beginning of the fall semester of the third year in order for the student to enter doctoral candidacy and to register for the required 9 credits of doctoral dissertation research in the fall semester of the third year. After registering for these 9 credits, doctoral candidates may then enter sustaining status in the spring semester of the third year.
The focus of the third year is on carrying out the approved research design. The typical benchmark for the end of the third year is the completion of the conceptualization, data acquisition, and analysis approved in the dissertation proposal. At the end of the third year, this work should be completed. During the third year, portions of the dissertation manuscript (such as the problem statement, conceptualization, and literature review) should be drafted on a timetable agreed upon with the chair of the student’s dissertation committee.
Teaching and research experience
Because students are typically engaged in their doctoral research, the third year of study is an appropriate time for doctoral students to fulfill the teaching and research requirements.