Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. degree is granted chiefly in recognition of the candidate’s achievements and knowledge in a specific field. Written and oral preliminary examinations and preparation of the doctoral dissertation are the principal measures of achievement.

Students typically complete 40-50 credits to develop competency in their field of interest, and must complete 12 credits in a minor program. Appropriate graduate level courses taken at another university may be considered for transfer to a University of Minnesota program. Course work completed under an M.S. program can be counted towards the Ph.D. degree. The program requires that students maintain a 3.0 or better average. 

Ph.D. students are required to register for 6 semesters of the graduate seminar class and are expected to present one seminar per academic year.  Students are also required to take an ethics course during their program.  In addition to meeting course work and research requirements, graduate students pursuing a Ph.D. degree are required to gain 40 hours teaching experience. This might include lecture, laboratory instruction, extension activities, or completion of an approved course in education. This requirement must be met before taking the written preliminary examination. 

Degree Completion Steps for Ph.D. Students


Forms for Ph.D. Students