Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy is a campus degree program and a specialized, research-oriented degree. 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. 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, beyond the master’s degree, including dissertation research and 18 hours of research methods. Without the master’s degree, one must complete a minimum of 96 semester hours.

Students pursuing the PhD may choose to complete a maximum of 12 hours of coursework in supporting areas closely aligned to their research interests and professional goals. While a majority of the courses must be completed on campus, students are eligible to apply up to seven online courses toward the degree program.

Core Curriculum Content Examination

While students are allowed the flexibility to select support courses to tailor their graduate program to match their academic interests and career aspirations, each program requires the completion of four core curriculum courses to gain content knowledge and skills:

  • ALEC 610 Principles of Adult Education
  • ALEC 615 History and Philosophy of Agricultural Education
  • ALEC 640 Methods of Technological Change
  • ALEC 695 Frontiers in Research

All students must demonstrate content knowledge in each core course. A core curriculum content exam is administered after the completion of all core courses.

For more information to apply to one of our degree programs, visit the HOW TO APPLY page.

Graduate School Steps to Fulfill Doctoral Degree Requirements

Steps to Fulfill Preliminary Examination

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Current Students:

A students’ degree program will be developed with a graduate committee according to the degree program admitted to. However, should circumstances occur that there is a need to change the current degree program, contact the program coordinator. Some degree program changes require additional specific departmental requirements and administrative approvals.  

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