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EDP Program Policies


Program Prerequisite

Applicants to the Education Doctoral Programs who have not completed an introductory course in educational statistics equivalent to EDUC 702 within the past five years may be conditionally admitted to the program and be required to successfully complete EDUC 702 prior to being fully admitted. The credits earned in EDUC 702 will not count toward the EDP credit requirements but may be counted in the 30 transfer credit hours.

Transfer of Credit

The candidate's supervisory committee is responsible for approving the plan of study and for certifying that the candidate has met the academic requirements for the doctoral degree. This may require more than the minimum number of credits listed in the degree plan depending upon the student's background and goals. The student's supervisory committee has the authority to approve up to a maximum of 30 (semester) credit hours from a Master's degree or its equivalent.

Students with prior coursework toward a doctoral degree may petition the EDP faculty for an additional 10 credits of doctoral-level coursework to be counted toward the plan of study if it can be demonstrated that the coursework is equivalent to courses included in the EDP curriculum. It is the student's responsibility to initiate a course transfer petition. The petition must be submitted to the EDP faculty prior to the end of the first semester of attendance, specify the transfer courses to be considered, be accompanied by course syllabi and other documentation indicating the relationship of the course to the EDP curriculum, and provide a rationale for how the course(s) support the EDP goals and the student's plan of study. Petitions must be submitted to the EDP Program Coordinator with the signature of the student's advisor. The petition will be considered at a regular meeting of the program faculty.

Supervisory Committee

The student's supervisory committee should be formed according to the policies policies established by the NDSU Graduate School. Students in the Education Doctoral Programs must have two core faculty members on their supervisory committee, one of whom must serve as the chair or co-chair of the committee. A core faculty member is defined as any faculty member whose workload assignment is 100% in the Education Doctoral Programs.

The supervisory committee should typically be formed by the end of the second semester of enrollment to discuss and approve the student's plan of study. Failure to complete a plan of study in a timely manner may impact eligibility for financial support. Upon selection of your committee and determination of your intended coursework, you are expected to schedule an initial committee meeting, attended by the majority of your committee, to discuss your proposed coursework. Any changes to the plan of study must be made with the approval of the committee.

Students should meet with the supervisory committee periodically as they progress through the degree program. Such meetings include, but are not limited to, the plan of study meeting, the oral comprehensive exam, the dissertation proposal meeting, the dissertation chapter 4 meeting, and the final oral exam (dissertation defense).

Additional NDSU Graduate School Policies

In addition to the program-specific policies listed above, students in the Education Doctoral Programs are expected to adhere to policies established for all NDSU doctoral students. The current list of Graduate School policies relevant to doctoral students is available on the Graduate School website at

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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 3:52:13 PM