Ph.D. Dissertation Handbook

Northcentral University


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Version: May 2005

0.1 - Copyright Page
0.2 - Preface
0.3 - Table of Contents
1.1 - Key Definitions
1.1.1 - Advancement to Candidacy
1.1.2 - Comprehensive Examination
1.1.3 - Concept Paper
1.1.4 - Continuous Enrollment
1.1.5 - Departmental Review
1.1.6 - Dissertation Committee
1.1.7 - Dissertation Proposal
1.1.8 - Electronic Learning Resource Center (ELRC)
1.1.9 - Ethics Committee /Institutional Review Board (IRB)
1.1.10 - Methodology
1.1.11 - Oral Defense
1.1.12 - Research Area
1.1.13 - Research Topic
1.1.14 - Satisfactory Academic Progress
1.2 - Understanding Dissertations
1.2.1 - What a Ph.D. Dissertation Is (and Isnít)
1.2.2 - Selecting a Research Topic
1.3 - Understanding NCUís Dissertation Process
1.3.1 - Macro- level Process Map
1.3.2 - Overview of Process Activities
1.3.3 - Detailed Process Map
1.4 - Dissertation Committees: Organization and Roles
1.4.1 - Establishing the Dissertation Committee
1.4.2 - Committee Communications
1.4.3 - Role of the Dissertation Committee Chair
1.4.4 - Working with the Dissertation Committee Chair
1.4.5 - Role of the Dissertation Committee Members
1.4.6 - Role of the External Reviewer
1.4.7 - Payment of Dissertation Committee Members
1.4.8 - Expected Review Cyclesí Durations
2.0.1 - Department Course Numbers and Suffixes
2.1 - Research Course Descriptions and Objectives
2.1.1 - RSH8951 - Research Questions, Constructs, and Design
2.1.2 - RSH8952 - Measurement of Constructs and Concept Paper
2.1.3 - RSH8953 Ė Design, Statistics, and Data Analysis
2.1.4 - RSH8954 Ė Research Ethics and Proposal
2.1.5 - DIS9007 - Doctoral Dissertation Proposal - Continuation of
2.1.6 - DIS9017 - Doctoral Dissertation Data - Continuation of DIS9007
2.1.7 - DIS9027 - Doctoral Dissertation Defense
3.1 - Introduction
3.2 - Statement of the Research Problem
3.3 - Definition of Key Terms
3.4 - Brief Overview of Related Literature
3.5 - Methodology
3.6 - Annotated Bibliography
4.1 - Introduction or Overview
4.1.1 - Statement of Problem
4.1.2 - Definition of Key Terms
4.1.3 - Brief Review of Related Literature
4.1.4 - Highlights and Limitations of Methodology
4.1.5 - Research Expectations
4.2 - Review of Related Literature
4.3 - Methodology
4.3.1 - Overview
4.3.2 - Restatement of the Problem
4.3.3 - Statement of Hypotheses
4.3.4 - Description of Research Design
4.3.5 - Operational Definition of Constructs and Key Variables
4.3.6 - Description of Materials and Instruments
4.3.7 - Selection of Subjects
4.3.8 - Procedures
4.3.9 - Discussion of Data Processing
4.3.10 - Methodological Assumptions and Limitations
4.3.11 - Ethical Assurances
4.4 - References
4.5 - Appendices
5.1 - Overview
5.2 - Findings
5.3 - Analysis and Evaluation of Findings
5.4 - Summary
6.1 - Summary
6.2 - Conclusions
6.3 - Recommendations
6.4 - References
6.5 - Appendices
9.1 - Construction
9.10 - Dissertations
9.11 - Electronic Sources
9.11.1 - Article on a web page.
9.11.2 - Article retrieved from a database.
9.11.3 - Web page
9.12 - Common Mistakes on References
9.12.1 - Article Titles
9.12.2 - Authorís initials
9.12.3 - City with no state or country
9.12.4 - Editions
9.12.5 - Editors
9.12.6 - Electronic Resources
9.12.7 - Hanging Indent
9.12.8 - Journal Volume Number, Issue, and Page Numbers
9.12.9 - Material Not Dated
9.12.10 - State Name for Publisherís Location
9.12.11 - URL Address
9.13 - Sample Page Formats.
9.13.1 - Sample Title Page
9.13.2 - Sample Copyright Notice
9.13.3 - Sample Copyright Release Agreement
9.13.4 - Sample Dissertation Abstract
9.13.5 - Sample Approval Page
9.13.6 - Sample Table of Contents
9.13.7 - Sample Reference Page
9.2 - Technical Specifications
9.2.1 - Print
9.2.2 - Reproduction
9.2.3 - Paper
9.2.4 - Copying Procedures
9.2.5 - Electronic Submission
9.3 - Format
9.3.1 - Margins
9.3.2 - Text Spacing
9.3.3 - Font Style and Size
9.3.4 - Page Numbers
9.3.5 - Section Headings
9.3.6 - Abstract Specifications
9.3.7 - Table of Contents
9.3.8 - References
9.4 - Tables, Charts & Photographs
9.4.1 - Tables and Charts/Figures
9.4.2 - Photographs
9.5 - Arrangement
9.6 - Publishing Requirements
9.6.1 - Submission
9.6.2 - Copyrighting of Dissertations
9.6.3 - Publishing of Dissertations
9.6.4 - Regulations Regarding Joint Authorship
9.6.5 - Published Articles in Dissertations
9.6.6 - Release Agreement
9.7 - Common Grammatical Mistakes
9.7.1 - Articles within a Paper
9.7.2 - Hyphens
9.7.3 - In-text Citations
9.7.4 - Journals, Books, Etc. within a Paper
9.7.5 - Numbers
9.7.6 - Years
9.8 - Articles
9.8.1 - Articles
9.8.2 - Articles retrieved from a database.
9.9 - Books
9.9.1 - Books
9.9.2 - Book Chapters
9.9.3 - Books that have been edited
11.1 Appendix A - Ethics Committee Approvals and Approval Application Forma
11.1.01 Appendix A Exhibit 1 - Application for Approval for the Non-Use of Animals or Humans
11.1.02 Appendix A Exhibit 2 - Application for Approval for the Use of Animals or Humans
11.1.03 Appendix A Exhibit 3 - Informed Consent Guidelines
11.1.04 Appendix A Exhibit 4 - Example I: Sample Informed Consent Form for Research Project
11.1.05 Appendix A Exhibit 5 - Example II: Sample Informed Consent Form for Interview Project
11.2 Appendix B - Checklists for Evaluating Proposals and Dissertations
11.2. 04 Appendix B Exhibit 4 - Assessment of Oral Defense
11.2.01 Appendix B Exhibit 1 - Guidelines for Proposal and Dissertations Evaluations
11.2.02 Appendix B Exhibit 2 - Dissertation Proposal Assessment and Review Form
11.2.03 Appendix B Exhibit 3 - Assessment of Dissertation
11.2.05 Appendix B Exhibit 5 - Acceptance of Dissertation
11.3 Appendix C - Dissertation Content Checklist
11.4 Appendix D - External Reviewer Agreement of Participation Form
12.1 - Appendix E: Pre-Dissertation Review Form
12.2 - Appendix F: Doctoral Candidacy Letter
12.3 - Appendix G: Evaluating Proposals and Dissertations
12.3.1 - Guidelines for Evaluation
12.3.2 - Dissertation Proposal Assessment and Review Form
12.3.3 - Assessment of Dissertation and Oral Defense
12.4 - Appendix H: Dissertation Content Checklist
12.5 - Appendix I: External Reviewer Forms
12.6 - Appendix J: Oral Defense Proctor Form

01 - Introduction

A dissertation has been defined by Merriam-Webster as an extended written treatment of a subject. For Doctor of Philosophy Learners, the questions then become "What subject?" and "What treatment?" This handbook has been developed to focus primarily on the second issue.

Dissertation topics exhibit as much diversity and individuality as do Learners themselves. But, to ensure academic rigor, their treatment must be governed by rather formal guidelines, and a well-defined process. We might think of the doctoral dissertation as a genre of writing unto itself. It is neither a book nor a research report, neither wholly technical nor wholly literary, neither entirely original nor entirely derived. Because of its specialized nature, dissertation writing may seem intimidating. The purpose of this handbook is to demystify the subject by examining each step of NCUís dissertation completion process, from drafting a concept paper through preparing for, and presenting the final dissertation defense. Many of its guidelines are intended as suggestions or catalysts for facilitating decisions on how to best proceed. Other guidelines define procedural and technical requirements for completing the dissertation process at Northcentral University.

01.01 - Key Definitions

01.1.01 - Advancement to Candidacy

The point of transition from Ph.D. Program Learners to colleague. Learners become doctoral candidates when they have passed all required course work, and their research proposal is approved (RSH8954) and passed the Comprehensive Examination (CMP8091).

01.1.02 - Comprehensive Examination

A review to assure that the Learner has a comprehensive knowledge of the discipline before beginning doctoral research. The review is taken after all regular coursework is completed, but before the dissertation is initiated.

01.1.03 - Concept Paper

An initial description of the proposed dissertation topic. The concept paper includes a statement of the research problem, a brief review of related research, and a broad description of the methods to be used. Concept papers are generally 15-25 typed double-spaced pages in length.

01.1.04 - Continuous Enrollment

All Learners in the Ph.D. degree program must be continuously enrolled. If additional time is required to complete any of the dissertation courses, Learners must reenroll and pay the tuition for that course. Continuous enrollment will only be permitted when Learners demonstrate satisfactory academic progress toward completing dissertation requirements. The dissertation committee determines satisfactory academic progress.

01.1.05 - Departmental Review

Quality Assurance reviews conducted by the department chair after Learnersí concept papers, proposals, and dissertations that have been approved by Learnersí mentors or committee members.

01.1.06 - Dissertation Committee

The dissertation committee consists of at least three NCU faculty members and an External Reviewer. Committee chairs guide Learners through the dissertation completion process and consults with Learners on their work. Chairs are the "project managers" who have the primary responsibility for guiding Learners research and writing. The two (or more) additional NCU faculty members serve as "consultants" who typically provide insights and suggestions from the perspectives of their areas of specialization that are related to the Learnerís topic. The role of the External Reviewer is to provide the Learner and committee with the insights and perspectives that complement or enhance the expertise of the other committee members.

01.1.07 - Dissertation Proposal

The proposal constitutes the first three chapters of the dissertation; I - Introduction, II - Review of the literature, and III - Methods. A list of references and relevant appendices is also included in proposal.

01.1.08 - Electronic Learning Resource Center (ELRC)

NCUís "virtual library" provides access to dissertation resources online. Links to academic reference tools, databases, research guides, library catalogs, and search engines assure that NCUís Learners have access to the most up-to-date information for conducting their dissertation research.

01.1.09 - Ethics Committee /Institutional Review Board (IRB)

A committee comprised of NCU faculty members with responsibility for assuring Learnersí proposed research contains sufficient assurances and evidence that the research will be conducted in both an ethical and safe manner.

01.1.10 - Methodology

The description of how the research will be conducted to develop and analyze the data and information required to test research hypotheses and answer the research questions. Methodologies can be quantitative, qualitative, or a mixture of both.

01.1.11 - Oral Defense

This is a forum in which the Ph.D. candidate reviews their completed dissertationís purpose, methodology, and conclusions. The Learner also addresses questions from their committee members. The oral defense usually takes place via teleconferencing, or if the Learner wishes, at NCU, and may include other NCU faculty, staff, the External Reviewer, Learners, alumni, community members, and invited guests.

01.1.12 - Research Area

The discipline/field of study in which research is to be conducted, e.g. Leadership

01.1.13 - Research Topic

The specific issue within the research area to be addressed by the dissertation, e.g. Commonalties Found among Psychological Profiles of Successful Leaders at General Electric, or Key Characteristics of Successful Public High School Principals Assigned to Underachieving Schools in East St. Louis, Illinois.

01.1.14 - Satisfactory Academic Progress

Characterized by the rate of progress in completing the Learnerís dissertation being reviewed by the Learnerís Dissertation Committee and determined to be satisfactory.

01.2 - Understanding Dissertations

The objective of this section is to provide Learnersí with further insights into the nature of doctoral dissertations and associated concepts.

01.2.1 - What a Ph.D. Dissertation Is (and Isnít)

A good dissertation will indeed make a meaningful contribution to the field--but within a fairly specific research and narrow topic areas. It will contain some original thoughts and approaches, but will be built largely upon the work of other scholars. Many Ph.D. Learners find dissertation writing challenging; however, anyone who has successfully completed difficult graduate course work has already demonstrated the ability and tenacity required to meet this challenge. A dissertation may be compared to the final piece of work, which artisans produce before being admitted to their guilds. No one expects the work to change all of history, but it is expected to demonstrate a high degree of proficiency in the artisanís field and serves as a well-earned passport into professional life.

On the other hand, a dissertation is not a corporate report or a "white paper." It must build a bridge from a specific example to a generalized value in your field.

Remembering the following three main purposes of a dissertation can help correct an unrealistic or pessimistic attitude towards the task ahead. A dissertation should:

1. Summarize and integrate pertinent research and theory in its topic area. It is suggested you concentrate primarily on work accomplished within the last five years, although some topics may require more in-depth historical development.

2. Make a contribution of knowledge to the research area and the defined research topic. This can be accomplished in several ways, such as conceptualizing an issue or problem in a novel and useful manner, collecting new data through quantitative or qualitative research, demonstrating the applicability of a method or treatment, synthesizing and interpreting existing data to gain new insights, or expanding the application of a theory or previous research conclusions to a new area.

3. Clearly demonstrate how a topic area is illuminated, expanded, or changed by the new and significant perspective brought to it.

01.2.2 - Selecting a Research Topic

The University encourages dissertations that extend the work of the Learnerís professional expertise and into areas of interest associated with emerging fields of inquiry. Learners are encouraged to select a topic that addresses contemporary issues in their fields and which melds with their own career objectives. Learners are also encouraged to use term papers or other course work, where appropriate, as preliminary investigations of topics that may later become facets of their research. NCU mentors will provide assistance and provide feedback on the suitability of such topics.

Learners typically select and reject several topics before the right one finally "gels." Initial ideas are often too broad in scope to be handled in a dissertation format. As additional information resources are reviewed, the topic will narrow. The background material on the topic is a rich source for developing an annotated bibliography. The intent of an annotated bibliography is to keep a formal listing of the information that may become an entry in the reference section of the dissertation that also serves as a repository for key notes, summaries, short quotations, or other parts of the reference, to facilitate remembering the relevance of it later.

Reading several dissertations written in the research area will provide a better understanding of the style and tone of dissertation material. Time is well spent by researching and ultimately rejecting a topic. This process creates a solid foundation for the subject that is finally chosen. Often efforts devoted to those abandoned topics have a way of resurfacing for consideration in future projects.

Good dissertation topics often reflect common characteristics:

  • The topic represents an area of enduring interest to the researcher. Some of the best dissertations focus on topics that are of deep personal interest to the Learner. Since Learners will be living with their topic through many months of work, the topic should be of keen intellectual and ideally professional value. Research that feels like "busy work" will drain intellectual energy. In order to be sustainable, a topic should carry academic, personal, and social meaning.
  • The topic has been explored in the literature to some degree, but has not been overworked. Learners may encounter difficulties adopting topics that are so new or unusual that no author has written about them. How does one write a review of the literature when there is no literature? Conversely, selecting a topic that is over-published (such as "Freud and Psychoanalysis," "Scientific Management," or "Assessing K-12 Studentsí Achievement") will create the opposite challenge. [Ultimately, it is not what others have written, but what the Learner writes that determines the quality of a dissertation.]
  • The topic should be stated in the form of one (or more) clear questions. Until the topic is translated into a clear question of inquiry, a Concept Paper cannot emerge. The research question(s) of inquiry will ultimately drive the selection of the appropriate methodology.
  • The methodology for the topic must be achievable. Learners must have access to the data and information needed to answer the research question(s).

Northcentral University policy is that no data gathering may begin until the research proposal has been approved. Any data taken prior to the approval of the proposal may be used as historical data, background data, or a pilot study. However its use will be allowed only if it is commensurate with the approved methodology and it meets the requirements of both the dissertation committee and NCUís Ethics Committee.

01.3 - Understanding NCUís Dissertation Process

Travelers starting on a journey to a new destination are more likely to complete it successfully if they have, and frequently use, a good road map. Analogously, Learners seeking to successfully complete their doctorates are well advised to understand the dissertation completion process.

01.3.1 - Macro- level Process Map

Figure 1-1 provides a high-level process flow diagram of NCUís Dissertation Completion Process.

Figure 1-1. NCU's dissertation completion process   5-20-05.

01.3.2 - Overview of Process Activities

The dissertation process starts with Ph.D. Learners enrolling in the first Dissertation- track course, RSH8951, Research Questions, Constructs, and Design. In RSH8951 which, for example, requires the Learner to:

  • Define a research area and research topic

  • Describe the potential significance of the research

  • Formulate research questions

  • Conduct a thorough literature review

  • Differentiate the major categories of research methods

  • Produce an initial annotated bibliography

After completing RSH8951, the Learner enrolls and completes the second dissertation-track course is RSH8952, Measurement of Constructs and Concept Paper which requires the Learner to:

  • Identify component variables of the constructs

  • Determine how to assess the measurement reliability of variables

  • Create a dissertation Concept Paper

  • Obtain approval of the Concept Paper by the department chair

  • Identify the members of their Dissertation Committee

Completion in the third dissertation-track course is RSH8953, Design, Statistics and Data Analysis, requires the Learner to:

  • Develop the design options for the research

  • Survey statistical tests appropriate to the proposed research

  • Align statistical tests with dissertation design options

  • Ensure the use of conventional guidelines and "best practices" for collecting data

  • Learn about available statistical software

  • Use statistical software to analyze simulated data

  • Interpret and, as needed, incorporate the results of the statistical analysis into the evolving research design

Completing the fourth dissertation-track course is RSH8954 Ė Research Ethics and Proposal requires the Learner to:

  • Ensure that ethical principles and practices are used in their proposed research

  • Draft the dissertation research proposal

  • Submit the dissertation research proposal final draft to the dissertation committee for review and comments.

After completing RSH8954, the Learner enrolls and completes DIS9007 - Doctoral Dissertation Proposal in which they:

  • Finalize the draft of the Dissertation Research Proposal

  • Submit the Proposal to the Department Chair and the Universityís IRB/Ethics

  • Committee for approvals to proceed with data collection

After completing DIS9007, the Learner enrolls and completes DIS9017 - Doctoral Dissertation Data in which they:

  • Collect and analyze the dissertation data

  • Provide periodic progress updates to the DIS9017 mentor and the dissertation committee

After completing DIS9017, the Learner enrolls and completes DIS9027 in which they:

  • Complete the dissertation document

  • Submit the completed dissertation document for approval from the Dissertation Committee and Department Chair

  • Schedule and prepare for the oral defense

[1] A comprehensive discussion of each dissertation-track course is contained in Chapter 2.

01.3.3 - Detailed Process Map

Figure 1-2 is a detailed flow diagram of NCUís Dissertation Completion Process, e.g. it shows responsibilities for key activities. It is suggested that Learners review and use it to gain a more in-depth understanding of the process only after they are comfortable with their understanding of the high-level process flow in Figure 1-1.

 Process Map 1

 Process Map 2

 Process Map 3

 Process Map 4

01.4 - Dissertation Committees: Organization and Roles

This section of the handbook presents guidelines for establishing the dissertation committee, defines communications, and the key roles and responsibilities of the members.

01.4.1 - Establishing the Dissertation Committee

  1. The dissertation committee is composed of at least three members of the University faculty and an External Reviewer. At the Ph.D. Learnerís request and with the preapproval of the department chair, additional qualified individuals may be appointed to serve on the dissertation committee. (Note that the External Reviewer is not a voting member of the dissertation committee.)

  2. All dissertation committee members are required to have earned doctoral degrees from accredited institutions.

  3. The dissertation committee chair and a majority of the dissertation committee members shall have degrees related to the Ph.D. Learnerís academic area of study.

  4. The members shall have been active in their fields of scholarship or profession within the five year period preceding their participation on the dissertation committee, and have an interest and expertise in the area of the Ph.D. Learnerís dissertation.

01.4.2 - Committee Communications

Once the Concept Paper has been accepted by the department chair, it will be presented to the dissertation committee. Although members of the dissertation committee are required to communicate with each other throughout the dissertation process, the dissertation committee chair may call a formal meeting of the dissertation committee at his or her discretion. When dissertation committee members cannot meet in person, the meeting can be held through a telephone conference call, e-mail, or videoconference. After verifying the need with the committee chair, the Learner may need to contact individual dissertation committee members to discuss detailed aspects of their comments and suggestions. However, it is expected that vast majority of communications to and from the candidate will be through the dissertation committee chair.

01.4.3 - Role of the Dissertation Committee Chair

The dissertation committee chair is an NCU faculty member in the Learnerís department. The dissertation committee chair is responsible for overseeing the Learnerís progress through the dissertation process, and ensuring the integrity of the University's dissertation process, policies, and guidelines. The dissertation committee chair coordinates the activities of the dissertation committee so that the dissertation committee's work proceeds in a timely fashion.

The dissertation committee chair has the following responsibilities:

  1. Submits copies of the concept paper that has been approved by the department chair to the dissertation committee for review and critique for use in the Learnerís subsequent courses.

  2. Submits a written critique of the dissertation committee membersí evaluation of the concept paper to the Ph.D. Learner.

  3. Submits copies of the Dissertation Proposal to dissertation committee members for comments and suggestions.

  4. Secures the University Ethics Committeeís approval of the Ph.D. Learnerís research design.

  5. Evaluates the dissertation proposal for acceptability and, after noting necessary revisions, submits copies to the dissertation committee for review and critique.

  6. Reviews subsequent drafts of the dissertation proposal and submits required changes to the Candidate in writing. Files the DIS9007 grade and the Dissertation Proposal Assessment and Review forms (see Appendices B/G) with the University Registrar.

  7. Supervises the Candidateís research.

  8. Reviews the dissertation draft and gives approval for the Learner to submit completed revised copies to the dissertation committee for review.

  9. Coordinates any required changes in the dissertation with the Candidate; files the Assessment of Dissertation forms (SEE Appendices B/G) with the University Registrar; and establishes a date for the oral defense. The oral defense must be held while the Candidate is registered in DIS9027.

  10. Participates in the Candidateís oral defense, and files the DIS9027 grade and the final Assessment of Dissertation and Oral Defense forms (see Appendices B/G) with the University Registrar.

  11. Signs the dissertation approval page (minimum of 3 copies) after revisions (if any) have been incorporated in the dissertation manuscript. Assures that all related paper work is completed.

01.4.4 - Working with the Dissertation Committee Chair

Progress through the dissertation process is facilitated when Learners work closely with their dissertation committee chair. Keep in mind that the dissertation committee chair is the "project manager" and is dedicated to the projectís success. He/she supports Learnersí in meeting the goals of producing a quality dissertation and completing their doctoral degrees. Therefore, it is essential that regular communications between Learners and the dissertation committee chairs are conducted at and within every step in the dissertation completion process. For example, upon completing the review of the literature, have it critiqued by your dissertation committee chair. Regular communications will help minimize the chance of unpleasant surprises.

01.4.5 - Role of the Dissertation Committee Members

Dissertation committee members are selected from the University faculty and from qualified individuals external to the University. These individuals will have expertise in your topic of interest, research methodology, APA style, and will be able to evaluate your work from both scholarly and applied knowledge vantage points.

Each NCU dissertation committee member has the following responsibilities:

  1. Evaluates the Ph.D. Learnerís dissertation Concept Paper and submits written comments to the dissertation committee chair.

  2. Evaluates the dissertation proposal and submits a Dissertation Proposal Assessment and Review form to the dissertation committee chair.

  3. Reads the final draft of the dissertation during the last term of the Candidateís anticipated enrollment and submits an Assessment of Dissertation form to the dissertation committee chair.

  4. Participates in the oral defense of the dissertation, either in person or via conference call, and submits an Assessment of Oral Defense form to the dissertation committee chair.

  5. Signs the dissertation approval page after required revisions (if any) are incorporated into the manuscript, and submits the final Assessment of Dissertation and Oral Defense form to the dissertation committee chair.

01.4.6 - Role of the External Reviewer

The External Reviewer has the following responsibilities:

  1. Reviews and provides feedback on the Final Proposal

  2. Reviews and provides feedback on the dissertation

  3. Participates in the oral defense of the dissertation, either in person or via conference call, and submits an Assessment of Oral Defense form to the dissertation committee chair.

01.4.7 - Payment of Dissertation Committee Members

Dissertation committee members who are members of the University faculty are paid a stipend for their work. The stipend varies according to their roles. The Learner is responsible for compensating any committee member who has been appointed by the University at the candidateís request, and who is not a member of the Universityís faculty.

01.4.8 - Expected Review Cyclesí Durations

For each first submission, the Ph.D. Learner may expect work to be reviewed and responses returned from the full dissertation committee, that has addressed the feedback from the department, within the following time periods:


Concept Papers


2 Ė 3 Weeks



2 Ė 3 Weeks

Dissertation Manuscripts


3 Ė 4 Weeks


Subsequent revisions that adequately address the committeeís and departmentís comments to the committee may be expected to have shorter review cycles.