Reach your interdisciplinary educational goals your way.
If you're an experienced professional who wants to make a contribution to your field of interest and gain an advanced degree, this flexible program allows you to meet that goal. Working with your faculty advisor and doctoral committee, you’ll have a key role in designing a program of study that fits your needs exactly.
This program encourages you to draw from your own life experiences to inform your work. You'll also join a collegial cohort community that allows you to learn from your classmates and PhD faculty and staff.
During the program, you’ll learn qualitative and quantitative research methods. You'll examine the nature of inquiry. Explore the forces that shape roles of professionals in institutions of social change, and interact with experts in the field. And you can choose elective courses from across the university and at neighboring institutions.
Your coursework allows you to develop a scholarly voice informed by a critical review of knowledge that brought you to doctoral study. You'll examine your sociocultural perspective, and gain insights from disciplines relevant to your program of study and research interests.
The program comprises three phases. In Phase I, you’ll take courses in research methods and interdisciplinary inquiry. In Phase II, you'll complete chosen elective courses and write a qualifying paper. In Phase III, you'll conduct research and write your dissertation.