Wayne State University

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Doctor of Philosophy requires a dissertation which makes an original contribution to the science of evaluation and research. Therefore, the Ph.D. dissertation conforms to the rigors of scientific inquiry on theoretical issues, with empirical demonstrations for illustrative purposes.

Admission Requirements

See Wayne State University Graduate Catalog. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and a Master’s GPA of 3.5 are required for admission to the Ph.D. program in most circumstances. All undergraduate and Master’s majors are acceptable for the Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs.

Plan of Work

30 credits of post baccalaureate work (e.g., Master’s degree) are credited toward the minimum post bachelor credit requirements. Students must earn 10 in the cognate chosen in consultation with the advisor, 6 credits in doctoral seminar courses, 10 credits in core courses, and 30 credits in doctoral dissertation (ED 9999). The minimum credits required in course work in the area of concentration for the Quantitative, Qualitative, or Measurement track is 21. The total minimum credits required for the Ph.D. is 107 for students who did not do a Master’s thesis during their Master’s program. If the student completed a Master’s thesis, the total minimum credits required for the Ph.D. is 100.

Doctoral students must complete and submit a Plan of Work in consultation with their advisors prior to the completion of eighteen credits. Failure to file a Plan of Work will preclude further registration.

Required Core Courses for all Ph.D. EER Majors

EER 7630 Fundamentals of Statistics 3 Cr.
EER 7650 Computer Use in Research 3 Cr.
EER 8800 Variance and Covariance Analysis 4 Cr.
Total Credits in Core Courses: 10 Cr.

Quantitative Track

EER 7610 Evaluation and Measurement 3 Cr.
EER 8720 Advanced Quantitative Program Evaluation 3 Cr.
EER 8820 Multivariate Analysis 4 Cr.
EER 8840 Structural Equations 4 Cr.
EER 8860 Nonparametric, Permutation, Exact, and Robust Methods 4 Cr.
EER 8992 Research and Experimental Design 3 Cr.
Total Credits in Quantitative Track: 21 Cr.

Measurement Track

EER 8720 Advanced Quantitative Program Evaluation 3 Cr.
EER 8760 Advanced Measurement I 3 Cr.
EER 8770 Advanced Measurement II 4 Cr.
EER 8820 Multivariate Analysis 4 Cr.
EER 8840 Structural Equations 4 Cr.
EER 8992 Research and Experimental Design 3 Cr.
Total Credits in Measurement Track: 21 Cr.

Qualitative Track

EER 7610 Evaluation and Measurement 3 Cr.
EER 7640 Fundamentals of Quantitative Research 3 Cr.
EER 7870 Fundamentals of Qualitative Research 3 Cr.
EER 7880 Fundamentals of Ethnographic Research 3 Cr.
EER 8700 Advanced Qualitative Research 4 Cr.
EER 8710 Advanced Qualitative Research 4 Cr.
EER 8900 Qualitative Design for School Research 3 Cr.
EER 8910 Practicum in Evaluation 5 Cr.
Total Credits in Qualitative Track: 21 Cr.