2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022) 
    Feb 02, 2023  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022)
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PSYC 9000 - Dissertation

(5 credits per quarter for a minimum of 4 quarters until completion)
Doctoral students are provided with the opportunity to integrate their program of study into a research study through which they explore a specific area of interest in this course. Students complete the dissertation with the guidance of a chair and committee members through a learning platform classroom in which weekly participation is required. Students work with their dissertation chair to write the prospectus, complete an approved proposal (the first three chapters of the dissertation), complete an application for Institutional Review Board approval, collect and analyze data, and complete the dissertation. During the final quarter, students prepare the dissertation for final review by the university and conclude with an oral defense of their dissertation. Once students register for PSYC 9000, they are registered each term until successful completion of the dissertation for a minimum of four terms.

Students take this course for a minimum of four quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their dissertation with final chief academic officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the chief academic officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

  • Foundation courses
  • Core courses
  • Designation of an approved dissertation committee chairperson
  • Students engaging in a qualitative or mixed-methods dissertation study must also complete PSYC 8310.
  • Students completing a mixed-methods dissertation study are strongly encouraged to also complete PSYC 8320

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