Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

Curriculum

PhD in Research Methodology

Completion of the PhD degree program requires 60 semester hours of graduate credit, the completion of a research portfolio, and a dissertation. In addition, all students will participate in a one-semester consulting experience or in an external placement in the field. Students are expected to participate in conducting a research study and to provide consulting assistance. Up to 30 semester hours may be accepted for previously completed work.

Required Courses (21 semester hours)

  • RMTD 420: Educational Research I: Building a Body of Evidence Using Qualitative Methods
  • RMTD 421: Educational Research II: Building a Body of Evidence Using Quantitative Methods
  • RMTD 403: Design of Survey Research
  • RMTD 406: Evaluation Research
  • RMTD 482: Introduction to Linear Models
  • RMTD 483: Multivariate Statistics
  • RMTD xxx: one advanced qualitative research course

Minor Research Area (9 semester hours)
Courses must be taken in a substantive area of interest, with approval from the student's advisor.

Electives (30 semester hours) 
Students can choose from offerings within or outside of the program with the approval of the advisor.

Length of Program: Students typically take up to two or three courses each term and up to two courses during the summer. Completion time for the dissertation depends on the topic selected and the diligence of the student. Time for degree completion, including the dissertation, is six years.

Curriculum Plan: Completion of the Ph.D. degree program requires 60 semester hours of graduate credit, the completion of a research portfolio, and a dissertation. In addition, all students will participate in a one-semester consulting experience or in an external placement in the field. Students are expected to participate in conducting a research study and to provide consulting assistance. Up to 30 semester hours may be accepted for previously completed work.

Continuous Enrollments: Doctoral students in Research Methodology are required to maintain the status of continuous enrollment during their program of studies. This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must do one of the following:

  • Enroll in one of the following:
    • At least one course OR
    • RMTD 610 - Doctoral Studies (maximum enrollment two semesters) OR
    • RMTD 600 - Dissertation Supervision
  • A formal leave of absence may be granted upon request and the approval of the Graduate School’s Associate Dean.

Responsible conduct in research and scholarship

Comprehensive Assessment: A Comprehensive Research Portfolio is required.  Directions (PDF)

Dissertation: A dissertation, as well as an oral defense of the dissertation, is required. Please see the Forms page for related documents. 

Degree Conferral: While the commencement ceremony is every May, degrees can be conferred May, August, and December. Students must apply for graduation/degree conferral. Students should apply for graduation in the semester they anticipate completing all degree requirements. Failure to meet application deadlines may result in a delay of the conferral of the degree to the following semester. Applications for Degree Conferral are due:

  • August 1 for December conferral
  • December 1 for May conferral
  • February 1 for August conferral

Please note the degree conferral application is valid for only one semester. If the degree is not conferred for the semester requested, a new application is required for a subsequent semester.

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