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Loyola University Chicago

School of Education


Ph.D. in Research Methodology

Degree Requirements

Total Hours: 60
Practicum: Required
Comprehensive: Research Portfolio
Dissertation: Required

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. (See GA&S Policy: Time Limit for Completion of Degree Requirements)

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. (See GA&S Policy: Academic Standing – Continuous Registration) This means that during each semester of each academic year (excluding Summer Sessions), each student must do one of the following:

Responsible conduct in research and scholarship

Required Courses (21 semester hours)

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.

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


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:

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.


School of Education
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