Program Summary

Pedagogy inspired by Bernard Lonergan
*individualized program of study complemented by intensive mentorship model

Pathways/Credits (cr)
BS to PhD – 73 cr
MS to PhD – 57 cr

Class Format
In person only; three semesters required each year

Class Dates

2 electives required ; 1 must be an advanced method elective and 1 essential content or teaching skills  preparation

Comprehensive/Qualifying Examination
Written comprehensive exam required after completion of ALL course work/ 3 essay questions linked directly with program objectives; 1 week to complete the exam; 6 faculty review exam; offered in August, October and January

Hybrid format: traditional proposal, executive summary and PPT presentation; student required to complete and submit dissertation findings as a publishable manuscript prior to graduation

Dissertation Committee
3 committee members, Chair must be from GSN, most have interdisciplinary committee member- often one member outside UMass system

Number of PhD Students in the Program over the past 5 years

Time to graduation over the past 5 years
MS to PhD 4.2 years
BS to PhD 5.7 years