The doctor of philosophy degree is conferred for completion of 60 graduate credits, passing of the qualifying examination, and approval of a written dissertation that advances knowledge in the field.
The 60 credits normally consist of 30 credits earned in the student's master's degree program and 30 credits taken in residence in the PhD program.
Students should refer to the official NSPE division catalog to confirm degree completion
requirements and should review their academic progress regularly with their faculty advisors.
In their final semester of courses, students submit a policy analytic paper, a critical survey of the literature on a specific public policy issue, which can be the basis for a dissertation proposal. They can then take the qualifying examination. The examination is based on the content of PEPPA I, PEPPA II, and the Research Seminar. (Minimum grades of B+ in these core courses are a prerequisite for taking the qualifying examination.) Students who pass the qualifying exam can proceed to develop and defend a dissertation proposal.
A dissertation proposal is developed in consultation with the student's faculty advisor and dissertation committee. A Public and Urban Policy dissertation can take the form of either a single book-length manuscript or of three shorter essays (not necessarily directly linked) deemed of publishable quality by the dissertation committee. In either format, the dissertation must be theoretically framed and methodologically sophisticated and present original research that advances knowledge about an important public policy issue.
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