PHLT 9025 - Dissertation Final Study
A doctoral capstone (e.g., dissertation, project study, etc.) is required in the final phase of a student’s doctoral journey, after meeting the requirements for doctoral candidacy. During the capstone course sequence, students integrate their program of study into an in-depth exploration culminating in the completion of a doctoral research study. Students complete the study independently, with the guidance of a capstone committee, and following the process guidance in the Doctoral Degree Coach.
The last stage of capstone development is the final study. After the IRB application has been approved, students conduct their research, collect and analyze data, report findings, and draw conclusions. With the guidance of the committee, students write the remaining chapters or sections of the capstone as well as the document abstract. The final study is evaluated to ensure doctoral-level work (e.g., accurate results, alignment, etc.) by the committee chair, second committee member, and a university research reviewer. Students complete the form and style review process and an oral defense. The final study stage culminates in the chief academic officer (CAO) designee review process and CAO approval is required for capstone completion.
- Dissertation proposal (PHLT 9015)
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