3. Degree Requirements
The Doctor of Philosophy is a research degree designed to prepare students to discover, integrate, and apply knowledge as well as to communicate and disseminate it. The degree emphasizes development of the capacity to make significant original contributions to knowledge within the context of free inquiry and expression. The student pursuing this degree is expected to develop the ability to understand and to evaluate the literature of his or her field and to apply appropriate principles and procedures to the recognition, evaluation, interpretation, and understanding of issues at the frontiers of knowledge. In contrast to the PhD, other doctorates such as the Doctor of Education and the Doctor of Musical Arts are designed for professional training or focus on applied rather than basic research.
No specific number of semester hours has been set for attainment of the Doctor of Philosophy degree, although advanced coursework is an integral part of a doctoral candidate's preparation. All the completed coursework that is included in a degree program at the time of admission to candidacy for a doctoral degree must have been taken within the preceding six years (exclusive of a maximum of three years of military service). All doctoral work is subject to review by the graduate dean.
In addition to courses and research in a field of specialization, additional work is taken to broaden or supplement the field. This supporting work may consist of coursework in one area or several; it may be in conference, laboratory, or problems courses; or it may be a supervised activity off campus relevant to the major interest. Normally, some or all of the supporting work is outside the major area, unless that area covers more than one department; at least three courses or the equivalent from outside the major area are generally proposed.
The Graduate School has no foreign language requirement. However, many graduate programs require the study of one or more languages. These requirements are given in chapter 4 or are available from the graduate adviser.
The Graduate Studies Committee specifies the coursework the student must complete, the qualifying examinations (written or oral or both) he or she must pass, the conditions under which he or she may retake all or part of an examination, and the procedures he or she must follow in developing a dissertation proposal.
In consultation with the graduate adviser, the student proposes a Dissertation Committee to advise or direct the student on the research and writing of the dissertation. The student selects the chair of the Dissertation Committee, with the consent of that person.
Each student seeking the PhD must be admitted to candidacy on the recommendation of the Graduate Studies Committee in the major area. Students may not register for the dissertation course until they are admitted to candidacy, and completion of coursework does not in itself constitute admission. Formal admission to doctoral candidacy consists of the submission and approval of the following:
The Dissertation Committee advises the student on the research and writing of the dissertation, conducts the final oral examination, and approves the dissertation.
The chair of the Dissertation Committee ordinarily serves as the supervisor of research. Other members of the committee should be consulted as appropriate. Occasionally, a research scientist, research engineer, or faculty member who is not a member of the Graduate Studies Committee may be recommended by the Graduate Studies Committee to serve as the research supervisor for a specific dissertation. When the research supervisor is not a member of the Graduate Studies Committee, a member of the Graduate Studies Committee will be appointed as cochair of the Dissertation Committee.
The student must register for dissertation courses for a period of more than one semester or summer session. The dissertation research course (-99R) must precede the dissertation writing course (-99W) and may not be repeated. A dissertation is required of every candidate. It must be an original contribution to scholarship, the result of independent investigation in the major area, and must be approved by the Dissertation Committee.
The dissertation is normally written in English. Requests for permission to write in another language pertinent to the research are granted when there are circumstances warranting an exception. An insufficient command of English is not justification for an exception. The formal petition from the graduate adviser should include assurance that faculty members competent both in the language and in the field are available and willing to serve on the Dissertation Committee. The request must be approved by the graduate dean when the student is admitted to candidacy. The abstract and a substantial summary and conclusions section in English must be submitted with the dissertation.
The Graduate Studies Committee reviews the progress of students who have not completed the doctoral degree by the end of three years from admission to candidacy; the committee reviews each student's progress annually thereafter. The committee may recommend that the student take additional courses or examinations or that the candidacy be terminated. Since annual reviews must be made after the first review, the committee will recommend extensions of only one or two semesters. Recommendations are forwarded to the graduate dean for approval.
A satisfactory final oral examination is required for the approval of a dissertation. The Office of Graduate Studies publishes the time and place of this examination. The exam is open to all members of the University community and the public, unless attendance is restricted by the Graduate Studies Committee.
Not less than four weeks before the date on which the student intends to defend the dissertation, a copy of the final draft of the dissertation, reviewed for technical and grammatical correctness by the supervisor, should be submitted to each member of the dissertation committee. Two weeks before the defense, a written request to hold the final oral examination must be submitted to the Graduate School. This request signifies the receipt of the doctoral dissertation for the purpose of giving the examination. The committee's decision to examine a dissertation must be unanimous.
The examination covers the dissertation and the general field of the dissertation and such other parts of the student's program as the committee determines. If the members of the committee are satisfied that (1) the dissertation is an independent investigation in the major field and itself constitutes a contribution to knowledge, (2) the student has passed the final oral examination, and (3) the student has submitted for publication in Dissertation Abstracts International an abstract approved by the committee, they indicate approval on the Report of Dissertation Defense. The Report of Dissertation Defense and individual reports on the dissertation are filed within two weeks following the defense.
The decision of the committee must be unanimous. In the event that a committee cannot agree on a single decision, the matter is referred to the graduate dean for review. The dean's recommendation concerning the dissertation must be approved by a majority of the dissertation committee. The results of the review are communicated to the student, the graduate adviser, the chair of the Graduate Studies Committee, the committee members, and the department chair, if applicable.
After defending the dissertation, the student must submit it in an approved electronic format to the Office of Graduate Studies. The dissertation is retained by the General Libraries. Information about format requirements is available from the Office of Graduate Studies.
Dissertations must be made available to the public. A list of ways of doing this is available from the Office of Graduate Studies. The student may request that the graduate dean delay making the dissertation available to the public for one year in order to protect patent or other rights. This request must be supported by a written recommendation from the dissertation supervisor.
The student may arrange for registration of copyright, at his or her own expense, by completing a form available in the Office of Graduate Studies or through an arrangement with a publisher of the student's choice.
Upon approval by the Dissertation Committee of the dissertation and its defense, the Graduate Studies Committee certifies that the student has completed all degree requirements, has passed all required examinations, and is entitled to the award of the doctoral degree.
The Doctor of Education (EdD) is a professional degree that emphasizes preparation for the highest levels of educational practice. It provides academic training and educational service experiences for individuals who will have leading roles in educational practice and who will help define the scope and functions of education in society. Programs are oriented toward the application of theory and research to issues of education and human development and to the development of skilled practitioners to fill a variety of roles in institutions that educate children, youth, and adults.
Policies affecting course requirements, the foreign language requirement, Graduate Studies Committee requirements, the dissertation and dissertation committee, the review of progress, the final oral examination, submission and publication of the dissertation, and approval of the degree are similar to those for the PhD given above.
In addition to the requirements for admission to the Graduate School, each department may require evidence of successful performance in an educational setting and evidence of interpersonal problem-solving skills and other skills useful for predicting success in professional educational roles. The applicant must hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited United States institution or the equivalent.
In addition to the requirements listed above for the PhD degree, the curriculum must have a clear and predominantly applied focus. The student's program normally entails an internship in an operational setting that is distinct from previous or concurrent work experience.
In addition to the requirements listed above for the PhD degree in regard to the Dissertation Committee, at least one member of the committee must be from outside the major program or from the field of practice represented by the dissertation.
The Doctor of Musical Arts degree allows for three majors: performance (including conducting, opera, and voice pedagogy emphases), composition, and music education (including conducting and piano pedagogy emphases). Candidates for this degree must pass a comprehensive examination. They must demonstrate outstanding professional competence, artistic maturity, and exceptional knowledge of the historical and practical aspects of their major field. Each candidate must prepare a scholarly treatise in a field appropriate to the major or complete the alternative requirements of the nontreatise degree option. For composition majors, a musical work replaces the treatise. A jazz emphasis is available in each of the three majors.
The University holds commencement exercises at the end of the spring semester. Those who graduate in the preceding summer session or fall semester are eligible to attend along with those who graduate in the spring semester. In addition, the Graduate School holds a Convocation at the end of the fall semester and at the end of the spring semester at which master's and doctoral degree candidates are recognized.
Degree requirements may be changed from one catalog to the next. The student is normally bound by the requirements of the catalog in force at the time of his or her first registration; the student may choose, however, to fulfill the requirements of a subsequent catalog. If the student does not fulfill the requirements within six years of his or her first enrollment in the Graduate School, he or she is then bound by the requirements of a subsequent catalog. The student may choose the catalog in effect in any year in which he or she is enrolled in the Graduate School, within the six-year limit.
Master's Degree Candidates
Candidates for Master of Business Administration and Master in Professional Accounting degrees should consult advisers in their graduate program for graduation procedures. All other master's degree candidates must follow these procedures:
Doctoral Degree Candidates
To graduate, candidates must
For information about graduate programs and courses at the following components of The University of Texas System, consult their current catalogs.
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