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Ph.D. Program Structure


The academic coursework is designed to develop the knowledge base necessary for effective research and scholarship development. Review the curriculum here.

Teaching Requirement

A student must satisfactorily complete C&T 996: College Teaching Experience for two hours of graduate credit. In this course, the student will assist a professor for one semester or may be assigned to teach an undergraduate course under the supervision of faculty.

Residency Requirement

To meet residency requirements, Ph.D. students must take 15 hours of graduate level education within two consecutive semesters in resident study at the University of Kansas, (usually 6 hours in the summer followed by 9 hours in the fall semester). During this period the student is be involved in full-time academic pursuits. This residency requirement must be fulfilled before comprehensive examinations can take place and is normally completed within the first two years of study. Most students elect to take at least two courses every semester thereafter to ensure that they can finish their degree in a timely manner. All requirements must be completed within 8 years.

Comprehensive Exams

The comprehensive examination consists of both written and oral parts and covers the major area pursued by the student. The student passes the comprehensive examination if a majority of the official examining committee (including the chair) approves the student’s performance. 


The candidate must present a dissertation showing the planning, conduct, and results of original research and scholarly creativity. The purpose of the dissertation is to encourage and ensure the development of broad intellectual capabilities as well as to demonstrate an intensive focus on a problem or research area. 

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