2018-2019 Graduate Catalog


PhD Program Requirements

Degree Requirements:

54 credit hours of graduate course work must be taken at TCU. Up to 3 graduate-level courses may be transferred from another school or internally from a pre-PhD graduate degree program allowing a student to meet specific programmatic requirements.

  1. 19 credit hours of basic research skills (of which at least nine credit hours include research analysis coursework such as Experimental Design, Mixed Methods, Ethnography, Qualitative Techniques, Regression Analysis, and so on).
  2. 18 credit hours in emphasis courses
  3. Two years of pre-dissertation research
  4. Written and oral qualifying exam
  5. 12 hours minimum in dissertation
  6. Teaching experience
  7. PhD dissertation

Curriculum Sequence

Research Sequencing within the Curriculum Summary:

Year 1: Exposure to different basic research skills obtained through six HCHS courses (exposure to different research labs, writing styles, research methods, statistical designs, faculty from different disciplines within the chosen track). These research courses are bolded on the curriculum sequencing chart below.

Year 2: One research seminar course per semester with the purpose of aligning the student's research interests developed in year 1 with a faculty mentor, if not already established. This year will include heavy involvement in all areas of a faculty mentor's research. The student will also be developing ideas for the dissertation topic.

Year 3: 12 hours of dissertation – minimum to complete degree

Year 1

Fall

HCHS 70112Philosophy of Science

2

HCHS 60712Learning and Instruction

2

HCHS 60021Research Seminar: Responsible Conduct in Research

1

HCHS Emphasis Course

TBD

Spring

HCHS 60783Teaching Practicum

3

HCHS 60260Research Seminar: Skills and Techniques

1.00-2.00

HCHS Quantitative/Qualitative Methods

3

HCHS Emphasis Course

TBD

Summer

HCHS Research Design and Analysis

3

HCHS 70233Scientific & Grant Writing in the Health Sciences

3

HCHS Emphasis Course

TBD

Year 2

Fall

HCHS Research Design and Analysis II

3

HCHS 60260Research Seminar: Skills and Techniques

1.00-2.00

HCHS Emphasis Course

TBD

Spring

HCHS Emphasis Course

TBD

HCHS Emphasis Course

TBD

HCHS 60260Research Seminar: Skills and Techniques

1.00-2.00

Summer

HCHS 60260Research Seminar: Skills and Techniques

1.00-2.00

HCHS Comp Exams

Year 3

Fall

HCHS 90980Dissertation

1.00-20.00

Spring

HCHS 90990Dissertation

1.00-20.00

Grade Requirements

  1. A student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to remain in good standing in the Ph.D. program. A student whose cumulative GPA falls below a 3.0 goes on academic warning and will have the next long semester, or subsequent summer enrollment, to raise their GPA to a 3.0.
  2. A student who has earned a grade of “B-“ or lower in two Ph.D. courses at the graduate level or who has earned a grade of “B-“ or lower twice in the same graduate level course will be removed from the program. For the purpose of removal, a grade of “B-“ or lower is counted in the student’s academic record, even if the course has been successfully repeated with a grade of “B” or better.
  3. A student who receives an “F” in any course, he/she will be dismissed from the program.
  4. A student who is admitted to the doctoral program provisionally, based on a low GPA, he/she must complete the first 8 semester credit hours of coursework with a grade of “B” or better in each course. A provisionally admitted student will be dismissed from the program if a grade of “B-“ or lower is made in any course during the probationary period.
  5. Valid grades are "C" or higher. A grade of “C-“ and “D” are not valid grades in this program. Plus/minus grading is at the discretion of the instructor of record for “C” or higher grading.
     

Teaching Requirements

Teaching undergraduate courses is considered an important part of the graduate training program. Each student is required to participate in four semesters of teaching (equivalent of 3 credit hours of undergraduate coursework per semester). In order to teach in years 2 and 3 of the PhD program, each student must successfully meet the pedagogy I and II course requirements and pass each of those courses with a B or better before moving into the teaching phase. If the teaching requirements are not met, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Residency Requirements

Students are expected to complete a minimum of five consecutive semesters (first two years) of full-time graduate study at Texas Christian University prior to comprehensive exams. Doctoral students holding appointments as teaching fellows or research assistants are considered full-time students for purposes of the residency requirement, provided that the time beyond that required by their appointments is devoted fully to their graduate program. In order to graduate, students must be registered in at least one hour of dissertation during the semester in which they complete degree requirements, and demonstrated enrollment in the semester prior to degree completion as well.

For those accepting a TCU assistantship, the 54 hours as outlined in the curriculum sequence table above must be completed in three consecutive years. If this requirement is not met, a student may continue toward completion of the 54 hours; however, he/she will be required to cover the cost of tuition.

Candidacy Requirements

Upon successful completion of the written and oral comprehensive examinations, a student is accepted to candidacy. The maximum period allowable between matriculation and acceptance to candidacy will be three years. Once in candidacy, a student will have three years to complete the dissertation requirements successfully; this period can be extended only if approved by the Oversight Committee, Major Adviser and the Harris College Associate Dean of Research.

Written and Oral Comprehensive Examinations

After the 42 hours as stipulated in the curriculum sequence chart of non-dissertation courses are completed, each student must pass a written and oral comprehensive examination with a Comprehensive Examination Committee (CEC) composed of faculty involved in the student's coursework to be evaluated. The Associate Dean of Research appoints the Board in consultation with the Department Chair or delegate. These examinations will be written with an oral examination follow up and will be scheduled for the summer after completion of the coursework. Ordinarily, the written and oral comprehensive exams should be completed within one academic semester (including summer) of completing course work. If either exam is failed a second time, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Dissertation Requirements

The dissertation is based upon the successful completion of an original research project. Each student defends his/her dissertation in an oral examination before his/her dissertation chair and committee. Faculty and students are permitted to attend the dissertation defense. Twelve hours of credit is required minimally before the oral exam may commence or be presented/scheduled/defended?

* The PhD in Health Sciences program will be led in each discipline by the following professors:

Kathy Baker, PhD, Nursing (www.nursing.tcu.edu)

James Petrovich, PhD, Social Work (www.socialwork.tcu.edu)

Kay Sanders, PhD, Nurse Anesthesia (www.crna.tcu.edu)
Meena Shah, PhD, Kinesiology (www.kinesiology.tcu.edu)
Chris Watts, PhD, Communication Sciences and Disorders (www.csd.tcu.edu)