Credit hours required for this degree: 54.0
The doctoral program in COMD is mentor-based with the student and mentor designing a program of study that meets the student’s goals within the general guidelines of the program.
Students entering with a Master’s Degree are required to complete a minimum of 54 semester credit hours.
Students entering with a Bachelor’s degree are required to earn an additional 30 semester credit hours, for a total of 84 semester credit hours.
A set of core classes are required from all PhD students to ensure the quality of their training: COMD 8392, Advanced research Methods; COMD 8x91, COMD Research; COMD 8x93 COMD Proseminar; COMD 8397 Selected Topics in COMD; 8x99 Dissertation. In addition, six credits outside the major in related fields (e.g. Psychology, Health and Human Performance, Bioengineering), one or more three-credit courses on advanced statistics, and a three-credit elective course on teaching are required.
Students will successfully complete an initial research project in the area of concentration that includes a written manuscript and an oral presentation of the project. Nearing the completion of the course work (typically after 4 full terms or about 40 credit hours), a Comprehensive Examination, the format of which will be determined by the student’s committee, must be successfully passed before commencing dissertation work and admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree.
Both full time and part-time students will be accepted into the program. Full-time enrollment constitutes 9 credit hours per term, and students taking 6 or fewer credit hours are considered part-time. Students can complete the program as part-time as long as their plan of study fits within the 10-year timeframe allowed by the university.
In accordance with UH policies, up to 9 credits of graduate coursework may be transferred from other accredited institutions and counted towards the minimum hours required to complete the program, subject to the approval of the primary mentor and the University of Houston.