The PUAD Ph.D. has eight required core courses and three required research courses. The eight core courses address the social sciences and public administration literatures critical to the integrative approach of the program. A student can expect to complete these courses in no more than two academic years. Upon completing them, students sit for their written comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination is an integrative exam that blends public policy issues with public administration.
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Required Research Courses:
Upon successful completion of the written comprehensive exam a student commences taking the three required research courses. In addition, a students will form a dissertation committee and, given the research topic and preparedness of the student, take courses that contribute to the student writing a dissertation. The student will, working with the dissertation committee, develop a dissertation proposal and present the proposal to the committee. During the dissertation proposal presentation the student must demonstrate extensive knowledge of the literature on which the work is to be based as well as a thorough understanding of the research methodology.
A successful completion of the dissertation proposal advances the student to the status of candidacy. Work continues with the dissertation committee to the completion of the dissertation. The student then defends the completed research to the committee.
For more information, see Dissertation.
Enhanced Graduate Teaching Assistantship and Doctoral Teaching Fellowship packages are available on a competitive basis to students beginning their first semester of study in UT Arlington doctoral or doctoral-bound programs. These five-year packages may consist of some combination of Enhanced Graduate Teaching Assistantships (EGTAs) with full tuition fellowships and grant-funded research assistantships that may include some tuition coverage. Requirements include 50% graduate teaching assistantship, full-time enrollment, and unconditional admission. Interested students should contact David Coursey for more information.