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Minimum Standards and Progress Toward the Degree – WI Idea Executive PhD

A minimum of seventy five graduate credits must be completed in the Doctor of Philosophy degree program with an overall GGPA of at least 3.00. The student must maintain a minimum overall GGPA of 3.00 in educational administration coursework between admission and the time of the Preliminary Examination.

The qualifying examination may be taken after the completion of 18 credits and shall be taken no later than the completion of 24 credits of coursework in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis and before filing to take the preliminary examination. If failure results, the qualifying examination may be repeated one time. After a failure the student is required to complete a minimum of six (6) additional credits in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis before retaking the examination.

Three professors must agree to serve on the student’s dissertation writing committee.

The preliminary examination must be passed within seven years from the date of admission to the program. The dissertation must be satisfactorily completed within five years of passing the preliminary examination.

The Graduate School requires that after completion of the preliminary examination and all program requirements the student enroll for at least three graduate credits each semester as a “dissertator” until completion of the final oral examination.

Any student who fails to maintain satisfactory progress toward the degree will be declared “inactive.” Students declared “inactive” will be ineligible for any final examination or degree in the Department. “Inactive” students must have a new graduate program approved and must meet the new program and examination requirements in effect at that time.

Students declared “inactive” for three years may be dropped from the Ph.D. program. Students who have been dropped must seek readmission and meet all existing admission, program, and examination requirements.

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