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Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required. However, we strongly encourage you to attend at least three optional summer workshops on campus (last week of June, Sunday through Friday), where you may present your research line of inquiry and obtain feedback.
Successful completion requires a minimum of 72 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree, 15 of which must be at the 8000 to 9000 level. You may apply no more than 30 credit hours from the master’s level toward your PhD.
You also may add a concentration in design research to your course work if you require applied research skills to produce evidence-based design decisions or want to utilize design thinking for creative problem-solving. The design research concentration will not appear on your transcript or diploma, however.
The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.
Prior to acceptance into the program, you may enroll in up to 12 credit hours as a nondegree-seeking (in some cases, post-baccalaureate) student. Enrollment does not guarantee acceptance. Learn more about nondegree-seeking university student admissions.
This program culminates in a comprehensive examination and a written dissertation embodying the results of your original and significant investigation. You must complete the comprehensive at least seven months before your final defense of your dissertation.