Degree Requirements | Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum & Instruction (Ph.D.)

All programs must include a minimum of 96 hours beyond the Bachelor's degree, including:

  • 18 hours in the research sequence.
  • A minimum of 33 hours of coursework offered through the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UNO must be included in the program.

The required doctoral courses are:

EDCI 6900, EDCI 6902 or 6904, EDCI 6905, EDCI 6990, EDCI 6992 or 6994,
and nine hours of EDCI 7050.

Students become eligible for EDCI 6905, EDCI 6990, EDCI 6992 or 6994, and nine hours of EDCI 7050 and the optional doctoral seminars (EDCI 6492, 6910, 6920, 6940, 6950, 6970) after filing their program of study. A minimum of 18 hours of EDCI courses must be taken after this document is filed.

RESEARCH SEQUENCE:
All doctoral students must complete 18 hours in the research sequence. The courses must include an introduction to educational research for doctoral students, a quantitative methods course (EDFR 6710) and a qualitative research methods course (EDFR 6715). Nine additional hours of research courses which prepare a student to conduct a dissertation must be selected with guidance of the major professor.

MINOR/RELATED FIELDS: Students seeking the Ph.D. must complete a minimum of 18 hours in one area of study. The major professor and the student must design this minor to include a coherent focus in one discipline or a multidisciplinary area (e.g., multicultural studies).

TRANSFER CREDIT: Acceptance of transfer credit is determined by the student's major professor. Transfer credit beyond the master's degree may be accepted from regionally accredited institutions that offer doctoral work (maximum of 12 hours). Limits on total master's level and post-master's level coursework are as follows: 45 graduate hours. Only courses in which the student obtained a grade of "A" or "B" may be accepted for transfer credit.

RETENTION STANDARDS: A student in a doctoral program in Curriculum and Instruction may accumulate no more than two grades of "C" or lower at the University of New Orleans. A student receiving a third grade of "C" or lower will be subject to dismissal from the doctoral program. Students must maintain a 3.0 on all coursework.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS:
A doctoral student must earn two consecutive semesters of a minimum of nine hours of residence. The doctoral residence requirement may be met alternatively by three semesters of enrollment at six or more hours, which may be non-consecutive.

Students who are in residence for the purpose of the above requirement are expected to devote all of their energies to graduate study under the direct supervision of a major professor and/or advisory committee.