A doctoral plan of study will be designed for each student under the guidance of the Doctoral Advisory Committee and approved by the Associate Chair. For additional information refer to the Graduate Catalog, Policies and Regulations, "The Doctor's Degree" (see Graduate Advisor for handbook). The following guidelines apply:
75 hours beyond the Baccalaureate (minimum) exclusive of thesis and dissertation.
45 hours beyond the Master's exclusive of the dissertation (minimum).
Dissertation hours to be taken per semester are determined by Chair of Dissertation Committee. Each committee member will receive one hour of credit during enrollment periods requiring their input.
The number of hours for which a student must enroll in each semester depends upon the level of involvement in research and the use of University facilities and faculty time. Students in residence and devoting full time to thesis or dissertation research may be permitted to enroll for a lower number of hours, depending on the level of activity and the judgment of the Committee Chair or the Graduate Advisor. However, in the semester in which students expect to complete their work and conduct the defense, enrollment will be above the minimum, to cover the more intense reading and processing time involved by committee members.
A student may apply up to 24 hours (maximum) taken in a completed Master's program toward the Ph.D. degree, provided the courses meet the statutes of time limitations and are considered equivalent to existing Texas Tech courses that would normally fit within the student's doctoral program of study (does not include thesis hours). Leveling work may be required.
A maximum of six (6) semester hours credit completed beyond the Master's prior to admission to the program will be evaluated for credit toward a degree. No more than 12 semester hours (taken as a special student) earned prior to admission to a degree program will be counted toward degree requirements.