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Path(s) to Degree

The following sample timelines outline courses and other activities that are expected of doctoral students in the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education. 


The following timeline to degree is an example of students' program trajectory for the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education.

The program shows a maximum reasonable rate of progress for full-time residency for the first three years. Part-time students would follow the program in the first two columns, but are expected to meet the University's residency requirement by completing at least 12 credits in each of two consecutive semesters, normally sometime before being advanced to candidacy.

Full-time students who enter with a master's degree in education and are granted a significant number of graduate credits toward the Ph.D. degree have the possibility of reaching candidacy after four semesters.

The Urban Education Student Handbook has more detailed information on students' program trajectory.

  Semester I Semester II 15 Credits MA**
Year One Pedagogy Core
History Core
Colloquium (1 credit)
Intro/Methods Core
Policy Core
First Examination
13 credits
Year Two Research Methods (1)
Research Methods (2)
12 credits
Year Three Research Methods (3)
12 credits
Year Four Elective
Second Examination*
9 credits

61 total credits
Year Five *** Dissertation proposal defense


* Advancement to Candidacy takes place after the Second Examination and course work is completed.

** For students entering the program with a Master’s Degree a maximum of 15 credits will be transferred.

*** Can be scheduled in consultation with adviser before or after the second examination.

Making the Most of your Studies: Semester by Semester

Based on ten semesters, we have outlined the following focuses and expectations for each semester to make the most of your studies.

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