Sep 29, 2023  
2012-2013 Graduate Bulletin 
2012-2013 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education (Adult Education), Ph.D.

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The Adult Education program is designed to prepare students to work with adult learners with varied backgrounds in diverse settings in which planned adult learning takes place. This may include roles as administrators, faculty, consultants, staff developers, training directors, program coordinators and human resources developers. The department offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree.


  Required Criteria Supplementary Criteria*
  GRE official scores interview
  GPA on previous graduate course work other official standardized test scores
  three letters of recommendation writing sample
  letter of interest and professional goals professional experience
  vita or resumé GPA for last two years of undergraduate work
  TOEFL scores, if International  

*Supplemental materials may be submitted at the student’s discretion or may be requested by the admissions committee.

** Letters should be from persons qualified to assess the applicant’s readiness for graduate study.

Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Plan of Study. During the first semester, students will schedule a program planning meeting with their assigned advisor. Students must submit their signed, official Plan of Study form to the Graduate School by the end of the first semester they are enrolled. The Plan of Study forms are available at

Continuous Enrollment Requirement: Students must meet the continuous enrollment and time limitation requirements specified in this Bulletin.


Residency may be met through one of the following:

  • Two consecutive* semesters of 12 hours each (12-12).
  • Three consecutive* semesters of 9 hours each (9-9-9).
  • Four consecutive* semesters of a minimum of 6 hours each, none arranged (6-6-6-6);
  • Two semesters within a three-year period in which a minimum of 12 hours is taken in each of the two semesters and a minimum of 3 hours in each of the intervening semesters.

*Consecutive does not have to include summer term but may, at the student’s discretion.

Responsible Conduct of Research Training

All faculty holding regular or associate graduate faculty status must complete RCR training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments. All graduate students must complete the RCR training modules required by the Graduate School and their departments the first semester they are enrolled in graduate school. The RCR policy and training information are found on the Graduate School web page: Contact the Dean of the Graduate School if you have any questions regarding the policy or training information.

Comprehensive Exam

A comprehensive exam will be given at or near the conclusion of coursework.

The Dissertation

All students must complete twelve (12) hours of ADE 898 - Dissertation . A minimum of three (3) credit hours of ADE 898 must be completed during each of the semesters in which the dissertation is proposed and defended. The student’s doctoral committee will be comprised of at least four faculty members. The student submits three documents to this committee as described in the department dissertation guidelines: pre-proposal, proposal, and completed dissertation. The latter two are also presented orally.


To complete the doctoral degree, students must

  1. maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average,
  2. complete all coursework,
  3. pass the comprehensive examination, and
  4. successfully complete and defend a dissertation.

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