The PhD degree program represents a rigorous extension of graduate work beyond the master’s level. Nothing in the minimum standards should be interpreted as an assurance that a degree will be awarded simply on the basis of completing all work outlined.
Doctoral students may specialize in human resource and leadership development; agricultural, adult extension, and international leadership; and career and workforce education and development. Degree programs are planned to meet each student’s unique needs and goals. More than 100 graduate students are currently enrolled in the school; slightly more than half are doctoral students.
Graduates of the programs find employment in a wide range of educational fields, including business and industry training programs, administration of state and local educational programs, higher education, cooperative extension service, and governmental agencies.
The PhD program consists of a minimum of 90 semester hours above the bachelor’s degree. Acceptance into the program is subject to the approval of the admissions committee.
Course work is divided into a human resource education core, a research block, and any minors selected by the student. Final course work requirements are determined by the student and his or her graduate advisory committee. The general examination includes both written and oral components.
The dissertation is a significant component of the PhD program. The student and the major professor, in consultation with the student’s committee, are responsible for identifying and developing a dissertation topic. This topic is developed into a complete proposal and submitted to the student’s full committee for approval. The final oral examination focuses on the dissertation and related areas.