Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy is a specialized, research-oriented degree. Coursework gives the candidate a thorough and comprehensive knowledge in the field of study and methods of research. The program requires a minimum of 64 semester hours, including dissertation research, beyond the master’s degree. Without the master’s degree, one must complete a minimum of 96 semester hours. The program prepares individuals for university faculty positions, public and corporate leadership roles in education, natural resource management, Extension Education, international development, and many other professional careers in agriculture and life sciences. Ordinarily, students pursuing the PhD choose supporting coursework closely aligned to their research interests and professional goals.

Doctor of Education (EdD)

This Doctor of Education is the campus-based professional degree designed to prepare a candidate for a position of leadership in the full range of educational settings, including public and private schools and colleges, business, government, industry, and international organizations. The program is designed for the practitioner; a graduate may be expected to fill instructional, supervisory, administrative, and policy positions in agricultural, educational, and corporate settings. Although substantively different from the PhD, the EdD requires equivalent admission qualifications, standards of scholarship and breadth and depth of study. A record of study and an internship are completed in this 64 semester-hour program. Candidates electing the EdD will pursue at least one supporting field of 12 of more semester hours or two supporting fields of nine semester hours each. 

Joint Doctor of Education in Agricultural Education (Doc@Distance)

The Joint EdD in agricultural education delivered at a distance is offered with the Department of Agricultural Education and Communications at Texas Tech University. Mid-career professionals enter as members of a cohort and advance through the program over four years. Admission review takes place every two years; our next cohort begins Fall 2017. We will begin accepting applications for this cohort January 2 through April 1, 2017. This cohort will begin registering for courses Fall 2017. If you are interested in applying, please review the Doc@Distance (D@D) program page for information and view the D@D Brochure.     

Steps to Fulfill Doctoral Degree Requirements

Steps to Fulfill Preliminary Examination (Campus PhD and EdD)

Steps to Complete Qualifying Examination (D@D)

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Planning Your Steps to Graduation

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