PhD DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
PhD COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
A student passing the Ph.D. comprehensive examination is formally admitted as a doctoral candidate. Doctoral candidates must continually register in Dissertation course till they fulfill the PhD degree requirements.
PhD Proposal Defense
A student working towards the doctoral degree has to defend his/her research proposal. The proposal defense is conducted at the completion of student’s course work. Advancement to candidacy is contingent on clearing the proposal defense. The GSSE permits only one re-examination.
The dissertation has to be a significant contribution to knowledge based on the candidate’s own investigations. It must show a mastery of the literature of the subject and be written in creditable literary form. The preparation of an acceptable dissertation will require at least one full-time academic year.
OPEN DEFENSE OF PhD Dissertation
On successful completion of doctoral research and fulfillment of publication requirement, the PhD candidate will appear in an Open Defense in which he / she is asked to present his Dissertation to the Doctoral Committee in which outside researchers and experts are invited for an independent evaluation. The dissertation defense is open to all.
With the approval of the Doctoral Committee, the candidate may submit the final draft of the PhD Dissertation on prescribed format to the Doctoral Committee members.
The examining committee consists of the student’s doctoral advisory committee and any additional members, including professors from other institutions, whom the office of the BASR may recommend.
The residence requirement for the Doctoral Degree is 30 credit hours, which must appear on his/her doctoral Program. Deviation from the residence requirement requires a petition to the GSSE.
All requirements for a Doctoral degree must be completed within six years.