2017-2018 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 activating each student into a specific research lab or field setting, working with a specific mentor for research, developing ideas generated from year 1. This year will be spent heavily involved in all areas of a faculty member’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 HCHS Emphasis Area

3

Spring

HCHS 60783Teaching Practicum

3

HCHS 60260Research Seminar: Skills and Techniques

1

HCHS HCHS Emphasis Area

3

Summer

HCHS Research Analysis 1

3

HCHS 70233Scientific & Grant Writing in the Health Sciences

3

HCHS HCHS Emphasis Area

3

Year 2

Fall

HCHS Research Analysis II

3

HCHS 60260Research Seminar: Skills and Techniques

1

HCHS HCHS Emphasis Area

3

Spring

HCHS HCHS Emphasis Area

3

HCHS HCHS Emphasis Area

3

HCHS 60260Research Seminar: Skills and Techniques

1

Summer

HCHS 60260Research Seminar: Skills and Techniques

1

HCHS Comp Exams

Year 3

Fall

HCHS 90980Dissertation

6

HCHS 90980Dissertation

6

Spring

HCHS 90990Dissertation

6

HCHS 90990Dissertation

6

Grade Requirements

  1. Grade of B or better is required in all Ph.D. coursework. A grade of F in any course will be dismissed from the program. 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 as a grade of B- or lower even if the course has been successfully repeated.
  2. If a student is admitted to the doctoral program provisionally, based on low GPA, 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.

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 1 and II class requirements and pass each of those courses with a B or better before moving into the teaching phase.

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 comp exams. Full-time study in this context is full-time commitment to the discipline as determined by the department. 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.

Candidacy Requirements

Upon successful completion of the written and oral comprehensive examinations, a student is accepted to PhD candidacy. The maximum period allowable between matriculation and acceptance to PhD candidacy will be 3 years. Once in PhD candidacy, a student will have 3 years to complete the dissertation requirements successfully; this period can be extended only if approved by the doctoral committee, program director 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 an Examination Board comprised of faculty. 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, they will be dismissed from the program.

Dissertation Requirements

The dissertation is based upon the successful completion of an original research project. Each student presents a Harris College seminar on the dissertation research and defends the dissertation in an oral examination before the student's Advisory committee. 12 hours of credit is required minimally before the oral exam may commence or be presented/scheduled/defended?

Although the graduate program leads to a Ph.D. in Health Sciences, the student is expected to pursue a specialized area of research within one of these disciplines listed below. For information about areas of research interests of the faculty, contact the Associate Dean of Research (www.harrisresearch.tcu.edu) or the department of interest website listed below.

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

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

Monica Jenschke, PhD, Nurse Anesthesia (www.crna.tcu.edu)
Joel Mitchell, PhD, Kinesiology (www.kinesiology.tcu.edu)
Chris Watts, PhD, Communication Sciences and Disorders (www.csd.tcu.edu)
James Petrovich, PhD, Social Work (www.socialwork.tcu.edu)