|The Ph.D. preliminary exam (dissertation proposal) must be passed as a partial requirement for completion of the degree. The student must have completed or must expect to complete the research requirements during the semester in which the preliminary exam is taken. The student’s program plan, research requirement plan, and minor option plan must have been approved by the Department prior to taking the preliminary examination. The preliminary examination is an oral examination based on the departmentally approved program requirements and the dissertation proposal. The Examination Committee is composed of three faculty members, two of which must be from the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis.