degree should I pursue?
Types of Master's and Doctoral Degrees
Characteristics and Motivations in Seeking an Advanced Degree
Which Master's Degree is Best--MBA, MPH, MHA?
What Value Will a Doctorate Offer?
Consider Your Career Goals
Doctor of Philosophy
degree should I pursue?
Considerations for those contemplating a master's or doctoral
A question that comes up frequently is what degree is best
for a career? Answering is a challenge because there are many
facets to consider.
Types of Master's and Doctoral Degrees
First, there are different types of master's degrees and doctorates.
There are MHAs (Master of Health Administration), MBAs (Master
of Business Administration), MPAs (Master of Public Administration),
and MPHs (Master of Public Health) to identify just the more
recognizable "three letter" administrative degrees.
Likewise, there are PhDs (Doctor of Philosophy), DBAs (Doctor
of Business Administration), DHAs (Doctor of Health Administration),
DrPHs (Doctor of Public Health) and ScDs (Doctors of Science)
at the more advanced level. These degrees differ in name mainly
based on the school or unit of the college or university where
the health administration program is located. But, they will
differ also in terms of academic content of the curriculum
based on differences associated with being in a business school,
a school of public health or in another setting.
Then there are distinctions among academic programs and degrees
based on whether students attend full-time or part-time and
whether the learning is delivered in a traditional or non-traditional
mode. Traditional learning involves being on campus in face-to-face
learning situations. Non-traditional learning may involve
learning via the Internet and/or a program that requires spending
limited time on campus. Non-traditional learning may also
be totally individualized or involve working with cohorts
as happens with most executive programs.
Individuals' Characteristics and Motivations in Seeking
an Advanced Degree
Finally, there are distinctions in the characteristics and
intentions among the individuals contemplating pursuing one
of the varieties of healthcare management graduate degrees.
Two key factors to take into account are a person's prior
education and professional experience. If, for example, one
already possesses a bachelor's degree in health administration,
earning a new MHA may leave potential employers with the impression
that you are presenting redundant credentials. Perhaps a better
investment would be a MBA with a concentration in finance.
If one has already established a solid administrative career
leading healthcare organizations, perhaps fulfillment will
come from adding a limited role teaching at the university
level. In that case, a non-research-focused doctorate such
as a DHA may be ideal. However, should that same seasoned
executive wish to exit practice completely and enter academia,
then following a classic research-oriented PhD curriculum
would make more sense.
Now that those context-setting facets are on the table, here
are some subsidiary issues that also come up.
Which Master's Degree is Best--MBA, MPH, MHA?
The influence of individual characteristics, program accreditation
The answer depends in part on the individual's prior education
and experience and in part on the unique identity aspects
of the graduate program. If one has a bachelor's degree in
business with a major in accounting or finance, odds are the
value-added by completing a "generic" versus a "differentiated"
MBA (more on generic vs. differentiated in a moment) will
be marginal. For such people attending an accredited MHA or
MPH program may make more sense. The relevant accreditation
to look for is from the Accrediting Commission on Education
for Health Services Administration (ACEHSA). ACEHSA accredits
master's level programs that offer MBAs, MHAs, MPAs, MPHs
and other degrees such as MHSAs (Master of Health Services
Administration). ACEHSA accredits the program, not the college,
university or the school of public health in which a program
resides. All ACEHSA-accredited programs must meet clear criteria
related to curriculum content and design, faculty and university
resources, and career development and progress of a program's
"Generic" and "differentiated" academic
Now, what about generic? All degree-granting programs are
not regarded as equals in the employment marketplace. Graduates
of positively differentiated programs generally receive a
more ready and welcome reception from potential employers
than do graduates of more generic programs. Factors that distinguish
like programs (MBA vs. MBA, MHA vs. MHA) include the prominence
of their faculty members and the professional reputation of
their graduates. Positively differentiated programs have preeminent
faculties who are widely recognized because they publish and
consult. Some faculty members are "stars" so widely
acknowledged as the leaders of their disciplines that the
entire MBA program comes to share their reputation. One may
find a certain MBA program that is recognized for its contributions
in marketing, another for finance, and others for energy or
for information technology. Also, such programs often produce
highly successful and visible graduates who lead top firms
or organizations in an industry.
There are some other subtle but important differentiations
among MBA programs for those seeking graduate education in
healthcare administration. The totally generic MBA program
offers no unique health administration courses. If you enter
with an already established track record of success in healthcare,
such a program may serve you nicely. Partially differentiated
MBA programs offer a concentration in healthcare management
(perhaps 20 percent of all courses required for the degree)
and so may allow those with no healthcare background to start
on a new career. Fully differentiated MBA-based health administration
programs offer a concentration in healthcare bolstered by
a long history of prominent faculty, successful graduates
and loyal alumni. Some of these programs may have only recently
become part of their universities' business schools after
an earlier period when they were independent units or were
in another academic setting. A handful always belonged to
the business school.
Program selection factors
A common set of characteristics can help distinguish among
programs offering a master's in health administration whether
the degree is a MBA, MPH or a MHA. Even though you may be
considering a half-dozen or more ACEHSA-accredited programs,
you should try differentiating them. Factors to consider include:
1) who is on the faculty, 2) what they publish, 3) how much
they serve or consult with healthcare organizations, 4) and
whether there is a large and distinguished alumni body that
supports the program by hiring students and graduates for
internships and for full-time jobs.
Finally, you may want to consider whether a program offers
a joint degree option such as an MHA/MBA or an MHA/J.D. Although
completing such programs may require longer and cost more,
some students will seek the greater career flexibility that
completing such programs can offer.
What Value Will a Doctorate Offer?
The relationship between individual motivation and type of
Whether it will be worthwhile to earn a doctoral-level credential
now or in the future depends on two factors. One is your reasons
for seeking the degree and the second is how others regard
the degree once you have obtained it. If you feel it is a
personal challenge you must overcome, then simply obtaining
the degree may be valuable enough for to you to invest the
time, money and effort.
If you intend to do something with the degree, something not
having it bars you from, then it becomes important how others
regard your new credential. You must be clear on what it is
you want to do and select a program that grants the degree
associated with your goal.
Different doctorates for doing different things
Basically there are two types of doctoral degrees. There are
degrees more closely identified with scholarly research, such
as the Ph.D. and Sc.D.. Then there are degrees more closely
associated with administration or service such as the DHA,
DBA, some Dr.P.H., and in a neighboring field, the Ed.D. (Doctor
Typically, Ph.D.'s do research, teach and write. If you have
a passion to do those things, getting the degree will move
you closer to being qualified to do that in a good college
or university. Writing is only a first step toward getting
published, and that's where others' opinions really enter
the picture. Peer review is not necessarily something executives
are comfortable with, especially not as carried out by serious
Research is another challenge. Universities often expect faculty
to do research, but may be reluctant to support it unless
it is funded by an outside source. Outside sources have their
own agendas on topics that they feel are relevant. That fact
suggests that unless you have a knack for capturing resources
so you can research what you feel is important, you may end
up doing that "ivory tower" stuff practicing executives
can't understand, or if they do understand it, which they
Perceived limitations on the value of doctoral degrees
This state of affairs is often indicative of why there is
so often a gap between the town and gown communities (or between
academe and practice). And that gap is why having a doctoral
degree, especially a Ph.D., can make you less attractive to
some employers than when you were purely an administrator
with the expected master's degree.
Conventional wisdom tells us that with a doctoral degree after
your name others often feel you stop being "one of us"
and become "one of them." That suggests that if
you consider getting a doctorate can be a way to use an academic
credential to substitute for "time in the trenches"
that won't be a successful strategy. (Getting a doctorate
in an applied and technical discipline, however, may be an
exception to this conventional wisdom. In fact, admission
to such programs often requires "time in the trenches"
as an admission requirement!)
As for credibility with physicians, don't bet on it. You will
find yourself explaining "No, not that kind of doctor"
so you don't have to hear a M.D. or D.O. explain for you.
Ultimately, the value of the credential will be in the eyes
of the degree holder. The doctorate can be a costly ornament
or it can be a new kind of "union card."
Consider Your Career Goals
When you decide which degree to pursue, be sure to keep your
personal career goals in mind. Then use the above considerations
to help determine which type of program will help you achieve
The Ph.D. degree in the United States was modeled after the
German university model. The theoretical distinction between
the two degrees has always been that the Ph.D. is “research
oriented,”.Generally, Ph.D. dissertations in the socialsciences
(including education) tend to be experimental and quasi-experimental
studies, and use multivariate statistics, have somewhat wider
generalizability, and are more concentrated in some areas—educational
psychology, for example.Ph.D. dissertations in the social
sciences often, but not always, use college students as “proxies”
for other populations.
The Ed.D. has been directed towards educational practice and
the application of theory and research.The first Ed.D. degree
was granted at—where else?—Harvard University
in 1920. It was awarded in response to an expressed need for
more educators to have the doctorate.The Ed.D. was originally
conceived of as “equal in rigor, but different in substance”
to the Ph.D. In the academic world.Ed.D. dissertations, on
the other hand, containmore descriptive research, such as
surveys. Most Ed.D. dissertations concern local and regional
populations such as area schools and institutions, and the
subjects of study tend to be students and/or teachers.
degree of Doctor of Philosophy, introduced to this country
by Yale in 1861, is the highest degree offered in American
education. It is conferred in recognition of, first, marked
ability and scholarship in a broad field of learning and,
second, distinguished critical or creative achievement within
a special area of the general field, the special area being
the subject of the doctoral dissertation. The Ph.D. is therefore
granted on the basis of evidence that the candidate has achieved
a high level of scholarship and proficiency in research rather
than solely on the basis of successful completion of a prescribed
amount of coursework. Competence and ability to work independently
and to write creatively are established by qualifying and
comprehensive examinations and the quality of a dissertation
submitted as an account of the original research.
The Doctor of Philosophy degree is awarded in recognition
of the highest degree of creative scholarship and research
in a field of study. The recipient of this degree must have
demonstrated proficiency in a broad area of learning and the
ability to critically evaluate work in the discipline. The
degree is not awarded solely for completing a prescribed number
of courses, but for having undertaken and completed independent
work in the discipline leading to an original contribution
Ph.D. degree requires the completion of a program of 90 semester
credits beyond the baccalaureate degree and the submission
of an acceptable dissertation. A substantial portion of the
credits for the program must be devoted to independent research,
the results of which are to be incorporated in the dissertation.
It is expected that all or part of a Ph.D. dissertation will
be publishable in the literature of the discipline and normally
will be published. The program will include enrollment in
courses and/or seminars which are designed to (a) advance
the student’s knowledge in the discipline, (b) provide
competence in the scholarly tools (languages, mathematics,
etc.) required for study and research in the discipline, and
(c) provide competence in the research methods of the discipline
(e.g., courses in bibliography or historiography, a research
minor in education, courses dealing with current research
Requirements. Generally, students may undertake
work that will lead to a Doctor of Philosophy degree only
after they have received a master’s degree, usually
in the same academic discipline, from this or another accredited
institution; however, in some disciplines it is possible to
be admitted directly to the Ph.D. program. In certain disciplines
students who have completed the equivalent of the course work
for the master’s degree may be readmitted to work toward
the Ph.D. directly, thereby bypassing the master’s degree.
Each student must have: (1) attained an overall GPA of at
least 3.50 for all graduate work, (2) completed the necessary
undergraduate preparation, (3) completed any departmental
examination(s) or other requirements, (4) presented scores
on tests required by the department, and (5) been recommended
for doctoral work by the department. Acceptance of a student
for doctoral work on the basis of the above criteria does
not imply or guarantee advancement of the student to candidacy
for the degree.
Requirements. The Ph.D. degree requires the completion
of a program of 90 semester credits of graduate work beyond
the bachelor’s degree, including acceptable master’s
degree work, and the submission of an acceptable dissertation.
With the approval of the student’s Faculty Advisory
Committee, up to one-half of the work beyond the master’s
degree may be transferred from another institution. The program
will include work in one major department and should include
work in one or more related departments, but at least one-half
of the work must be in the major field. The credits for the
dissertation (typically 6-18 credits), and the research on
which it is based, should comprise a substantial portion of
the 90 credits for the degree and should be included in the
major part of the program.
Requirements. Since the Ph.D. is a research degree, the
majority of the academic work must be conducted in an academic
research environment. Accordingly, the program normally will
include provision for two consecutive years of full-time academic
work. In most instances this requirement will be met by two
consecutive years of residence on the University of their
choice. With prior written approval by the dean, one of the
two years of residence may be completed by one year of full-time
academic work and/or research at another institution or location.
Tools. Candidates for the Ph.D. degree may have to demonstrate
competence in scholarly tools required for study and research
in the discipline. Each department offering the Ph.D. degree
has specified the nature of these tools (languages, mathematics,
statistics, computer programming, etc.).
required to demonstrate a reading knowledge of a foreign language
may do so by one of two procedures: Standardized tests (Graduate
Student Foreign Languages Tests—GSFLT) prepared by the
Educational Testing Service are available in French, German,
Russian, and Spanish and are given by the Counseling Center
upon student request. The Languages Department will administer
a Reading Test in French, German, Russian, or Spanish. This
test is offered three times a year: on Reading and Review
day at the end of the fall and spring semesters, and on registration
day for the fall semester. Students must sign up for the examination
with the department secretary, no later than one week before
the examination date. Students may take the examination a
maximum of three times at the Languages Department. Students
needing to demonstrate a reading knowledge in a language other
than those mentioned above should, together with their Advisory
Committee, petition the dean for approval of the use of the
language and the proposed examination mechanism.
A dissertation is required in partial fulfillment of the requirements
for the Ph.D. degree. It must represent an original and independent
investigation in the major field of study. Through the dissertation,
and the research leading to it, each candidate clearly must
have made a significant contribution to the advancement of
knowledge in the field. Credit is given for the dissertation
and for the research on which it is based, the amount being
determined in advance by the student’s Faculty Advisory
Committee in accord with the limits established by the major
dissertation is prepared with the guidance and advice of the
student’s faculty advisor and the Committee. However,
all dissertations must be prepared in accord with the Style
and Policy Manual for Theses and Dissertations, a copy of
which will be provided each candidate upon approval of the
program of study. Additional copies may be purchased at the
topic for the dissertation must be approved in advance by
the student’s Faculty Advisory Committee. Approval is
effected by the student’s completing a form titled Proposal
of Dissertation, available with instructions from the Graduate
School, then submitting the proposal to the committee for
approval. The approved proposal is then filed in the Graduate
School. The proposal should be approved at least six months
before the degree is expected, but it must be approved before
advancement to candidacy.
draft of the dissertation should be presented to the Faculty
Advisory Committee sufficiently in advance of the Preliminary
Approval deadline that a thorough evaluation may be effected
by each committee member. The Committee must be able to read
the draft, suggest corrections and changes, and the student
must be able to make the corrections, in time for the Committee
to approve the dissertation and sign a form titled Preliminary
Approval of Dissertation. The student must deposit the Approval
Form in the Graduate School by the deadline specified in the
academic calendar (usually four weeks prior to commencement).
Unless this deadline is met, the student will not be permitted
to graduate at the upcoming graduation. The Preliminary Approval
assures the student that no major changes will be required
in the final copy of the dissertation.
of the dissertation in its final form must be presented to
the Faculty Advisory Committee in time that they may thoroughly
read the dissertation prior to the final examination. When
the final version of the dissertation has been approved by
the committee, a copy must be deposited in the Graduate School
in time to receive the approval of the dean by the deadline
specified in the Academic Calendar (usually two weeks prior
to graduation). The advisor and the major department must
each be presented one copy of the dissertation. One copy of
a special abstract of the dissertation (in a 350 word format
described in the Style and Policy Manual for These and Dissertations)
also must be submitted. The abstract is published in Dissertation
Abstracts by University Microfilms International, and the
dissertation is microfilmed by the same organization. The
Graduate School has the final copy of the dissertation bound
and cataloged in the University Library.
Examination. All students seeking a Doctor of Philosophy
degree must take a written comprehensive examination after
a substantial portion of the course work has been completed.
At the option of the department, an oral examination may also
be given. The content of the examination will be determined
by the Graduate Faculty of the departments concerned, and
the examination will be given at times announced by the departments.
The examination must be extensive and searching and must cover
in depth the field or fields of knowledge in which the degree
is taken. This examination must be completed before advancement
to candidacy but cannot be undertaken until the scholarly
tool requirements have been completed. Comprehensive examinations
which are failed may be repeated only with the prior approval
of the Faculty Advisory Committee, the department, and the
dean, but in no event earlier than at the next regularly scheduled
must apply for permission to take the comprehensive examination
on a form available at the Graduate School. After checking
the record to ensure that the student is eligible for the
examination (most of the work completed, Approved Status attained,
Program of Study approved, scholarly tool requirements completed),
the Graduate School will certify eligibility and will forward
an examination report form to the chairperson of the student’s
Faculty Advisory Committee. The student may not take the examination
until such certification has been provided.
lieu of the comprehensive examination, students in Chemistry
will take cumulative examinations which begin in the second
semester of graduate school. Chemistry students will not be
required to apply for permission to take the comprehensive.
for the Degree. Advancement to candidacy is granted only
after the completion of specified academic requirements and
upon the recommendation of the Faculty Advisory Committee.
Candidates for a doctor’s degree will not be allowed
to graduate in the same semester or summer session in which
they become a candidate for the degree.
in Approved Status may be advanced to candidacy when the following
requirements have been fulfilled:
1. A five-member Faculty Advisory Committee has been appointed.
Four committee members are appointed by the dean upon the
written recommendation of the chairperson of the student’s
major department to represent the major and any minor areas
of study. The fifth member is appointed by the dean and represents
the Graduate Faculty. Until the appointment of the committee,
the department chairperson, or designate, acts as the student’s
temporary advisor. The chairperson of the Committee, who serves
as the student’s major and dissertation advisor, must
be a Full member of the Graduate Faculty.
2. A Program of Study, outlining the requirements for the
degree as developed by the student and the Committee, has
been approved by the student, the Committee, and the dean
of the Graduate School. The program, executed on a form available
from the Graduate School, should be developed no later than
the beginning of the second semester of work.
Departmental examination requirements have been completed.
A substantial portion of the course work for the degree has
been completed with a GPA of no less than 3.00 for all work
The scholarly tool requirement has been completed.
The comprehensive examination has been successfully completed.
A dissertation topic has been approved as evidenced by filing
an approved Proposal of Dissertation on a form available from
the Graduate School.
8. Advancement to candidacy has been recommended by the student’s
Faculty Advisory Committee.
The student and the advisor will be notified in writing of
advancement to candidacy.
Examination. The final examination must be scheduled two
weeks in advance by the Committee through the Graduate School
and must be completed and the results reported by the deadline
specified in the Academic Calendar.
final examination for the doctoral degree is conducted by
the candidate’s full Faculty Advisory Committee in the
presence of the dean of the Graduate School and such other
members of the Graduate Faculty as elect to attend. The final
examination must include an oral examination but also may
include written portions. The examination must cover the dissertation
but need not be limited thereto. Committee members must have
had adequate opportunity to examine the final copy prior to
the examination and will indicate their approval by signing
the “Approval Page’’ of the dissertation
and the Final Report on Candidate. Final examinations which
are failed may be repeated only with the prior approval of
the Advisory Committee and the dean.
student may pass the Doctoral Comprehensive and/or Final Examination
with one dissenting vote. The dissenter must submit a written
report on his/her decision to the Graduate School. Four signatures
will be accepted on the final copy of the dissertation.
candidates will be required to complete a National Research
Council demographic survey form and an agreement with University
Microfilms International before graduation.
The graduate committee of your department will assign an advisor
and an advisory committee who must approve the proposed program
of study for the degree. Graduate work completed at another
university will be considered by the departmental graduate
committee and your advisory committee in the development of
your program of study.
when the dissertation proposal is nearing approval, the departmental
graduate committee will forward to the office of the dean
of the college in which you are enrolled a recommendation
for appointment of a dean's representative, together with
the names of other dissertation committee members and the
title of your dissertation. The committee shall consist of
at least three members representing the range of content in
your program of study, in addition to the representative from
the dean's office.
coursework is virtually completed, and upon the recommendation
of the advisory committee, you take a comprehensive examination,
which is given to establish your mastery of the fields of
specialization and readiness for advanced research. The results
of the examination must be reported within one week to the
office of the dean of the college in which you are enrolled,
on a form provided by the dean's office.
copy of this form should be sent to the Office of Graduate
Student Services to be included in your official academic
Scholarly Discipline Requirement
Ph.D. degree by definition is research-oriented, and each
department shall determine the auxiliary research competencies
needed by candidates for the Ph.D. degree. Competence will
be determined by standards and methods established by the
individual departments. If you expect to demonstrate proficiency
in one of the scholarly disciplines in which examinations
are arranged by your dean's office (e.g., statistics, computer
science, foreign language, etc.), you must file an appropriate
Intent Form. These forms are available from and should be
filed with the office of the dean of the college in which
you are enrolled. You must be registered for a minimum of
two hours in the quarter in which you take the examination.
French, German, Russian, and Spanish proficiency examinations
of the Educational Testing Service are given at InterAmerican
University several times during the year. Information and
application forms may be obtained at the office of your dean,
where you will pay a $5 nonrefundable registration fee.
Academic Residency Requirement
at least three academic quarters of the doctoral program shall
be in continuous residence in an institutional full-time status
(registration for 15 graduate credits). If you receive stipend
support, you are considered to have instructional full-time
status by registering for nine or more graduate credits. For
some programs, the residency requirement can be fulfilled
a third way: if you are not receiving stipend or scholarship
support, you may be granted the option of completing residency
requirements for the Ph.D. by enrolling in nine quarter hours
of coursework per quarter for three consecutive quarters if
concurrently employed in a full-time professional position,
defined as one in which the experience contributes directly
to your program. This option must be approved by your advisor,
the department or school graduate committee, and the department
chair or school director. A written justification of how the
experience gained in the position is directly and educationally
related to your professional goals and the goals of the program,
and why this experience (alone or combined with other planned
experiences) should be used to satisfy residency, is required.
must submit the written justification to your advisor before
the request will be considered. The continuous residence requirement
applies to the period of graduate study following the completion
of the master's degree or the completion of at least 45 graduate
Admission to Candidacy
to candidacy is achieved after you have completed the following
steps: (1) formation of the dissertation committee (including
the dean's representative), which may be the same as your
advisory committee; (2) approval of the research proposal
by this committee; (3) successful completion of the comprehensive
examination; and (4) satisfaction of all required scholarly
for indicating completion of the above are available from
and are filed in the office of the dean of the college in
which you are enrolled. You will not be permitted to schedule
the oral examination of the dissertation until you have met
all requirements for admission to candidacy.
copy of your admission-to-candidacy letter should be sent
to the Office of Graduate Student Services for inclusion in
your official file.
dissertation, the scholarly account of research in the new
area of knowledge, is submitted by each candidate.* Each department
will prescribe the specific style manual to be followed by
its students. A pamphlet, "Format for the Presentation
of Theses and Dissertations," is available in the deans'
offices. This booklet contains regulations regarding type,
margins, quality of paper, abstract, and other aspects, as
well as detailed directions for submitting the finished dissertation
to the office of the dean of the college in which you are
enrolled. You must obtain from your dean's office the current
"Format" and the list of quarterly deadlines for
the dissertation has been approved by your dissertation committee,
dissertation director, and dean, two copies are forwarded
to the Registry. In addition, one copy is retained in your
department, and another is submitted to University Microfilms
International for microfilming and entry into Dissertation
Abstracts International. Upon the return of the copy from
University Microfilms International, both copies are bound
and cataloged, then one copy is placed in Archives and the
other in the stacks. The dissertation is considered a public
document and will be made available to the public in the same
manner as any other document cataloged within the university
copy of the dissertation abstract should be sent to the Office
of Graduate Student Services for inclusion in your official
can be copyrighted at the time the manuscripts are sent to
University Microfilms International. Arrangements can be made
through the library for this service. Under current copyright
procedures, microfilming by University Microfilms International
constitutes publication. You may lose the ability to obtain
a copyright if your dissertation is not copyrighted at the
time of submission to your dean's office.
Oral Dissertation Examination
oral dissertation examination is required of all candidates
for the Ph.D. degree. The examining committee shall be composed
of your entire dissertation committee (including the representative
of the dean of the college in which you are enrolled), unless
otherwise specified by the associate provost for Graduate
and Research Programs. You must present final copies of the
dissertation to members of the examining committee at least
two weeks before the date of your oral examination to allow
adequate time for review. The final arrangements for the examination
shall be completed through the office of the dean of the college
in which you are enrolled at least 10 days prior to the examination.
Details of the examination, including time and place, will
be sent by the dean's office to you and the examiners.
Office of Graduate Student Services should be notified of
the date that you passed the oral examination for inclusion
in your official file.
Time Limit for Ph.D. Program
must complete the doctoral program of study within seven calendar
years of the date of its initiation as determined by the individual
department and recorded in the Office of Graduate Student
you do not complete requirements for the degree within the
given period, you may be permitted to continue in graduate
study only if exceptional circumstances are associated with
the delay in progress.
dean of your college may grant a one-quarter, onetime extension.
If circumstances require an extension beyond the one-quarter
dean's extension, you must apply for readmission to the program.
The application for readmission must be reviewed by the graduate
committee of the program and the dean of the college. The
criteria for readmission should be the currency of your (1)
knowledge of the required work, (2) research literature, and
(3) research methods and techniques. The program may require
additional coursework, retaking the oral/written comprehensive
examination, changing or updating the dissertation, or fulfilling
any degree requirements that may have been added to the program
since the initiation of your program. If you are approved
for readmission, the specifications for readmission must be
presented to you in writing with a copy of those specifications
placed on file in the Office of Graduate Student Services.
Restricted Publication of Theses or Dissertations
university does not accept theses or dissertations containing
material developed as part of a research project if the thesis
or dissertation is restricted from publication. Publication,
for this purpose, includes the cataloging and placement of
the approved manuscript in certain Libraries and, for dissertations,
microfilming by University Microfilms International. (NOTE:
University Microfilms International allows authors to restrict
the distribution of dissertations and theses.)
upon written request to your dean's office, you may delay
publication up to a maximum of 12 months if, in the judgment
of the office, the data upon which your thesis or dissertation
is based are proprietary and not available in the public domain.
You must submit the request for delay with the formal approval
of your advisor at least one academic quarter before the normal
date of publication of the thesis or dissertation.
only times a thesis or dissertation completed at InterAmerican
University will be withheld from the public will be if it
has been approved for delayed publication following the procedures
outlined above or if a question of plagiarism, libelous or
abusive statements, or falsification or misrepresentation
of data is raised. If a question regarding one of these issues
is raised, then the manuscript will be withheld until the
issue has been reviewed and resolved.