2011–2012 Policies

  • Candidacy Exam
    In departments which require it, the candidacy examination is administered by the department in the student’s field of specialization. 
    Comprehensive Exam
    This examination is given to determine the student’s progress in the degree field and fields related to it and the student’s likelihood of success in his her research dissertation phase.
    Credit Requirement
    A minimum of 60 graduate semester credits, exclusive of dissertation credits, must be earned beyond the bachelor’s degree for any of the doctorates offered at IUP.
    Degree Candidacy
    Each student admitted to a doctoral program must receive doctoral degree candidacy after completing a specified number of credits.
    Dissertation
    A dissertation is required of all doctoral candidates and must demonstrate the candidate’s mastery of his her research and reflect the results of an original investigation in the principal field of study.
    Dissertation Approval Process
    Procedures followed to obtain dissertation approval. 
    Dissertation Committee
    The dissertation committee may supervise several aspects of the student’s degree program from doctoral degree candidacy through defense of the dissertation.
    Dissertation, MFA Credit, Extended Credit Registration
    Information about doctoral and M.F.A. students enrolling in dissertation or thesis credits each semester (Fall/Spring).
    Publication of the Dissertation
    Information about dissertation approval and electronic submission to ProQuest Information and Learning.
    Reexamination Policy Candidacy Examination: Comprehensive Examination
    Guidelines for requesting reexamination of candidacy and comprehensive exams.