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Doctorate of Education in Higher Education

Orientation meeting for HIED Fall, 2013 Doctoral Qualifying Exams

The Orientation meeting for the HIED Fall, 2013 Doctoral Qualifying Examinations will be held on Friday, June 28th from 3-5pm in Dickinson Hall, Room 408.

Doctoral students must successfully complete all *required* courses before sitting for Qualifying Exams, however, students can sit for the exams before all *elective* courses are completed.  In addition, all elective courses must be completed before or during the last semester of coursework when students enroll in HIED 8399: Dissertation Seminar.

If you’re planning to sit for Qualifying Exams in the Fall (scheduled for Saturday, September 14 from 1-5pm, Friday, September 20 from 1-5pm, and Saturday, September 21 during 9am-12noon and 1-4pm, location TBA), or if you’d like to gain insights into the process for a future exam administration, I strongly recommend that you attend this meeting.  It will address the scope, nature, and direction of the Written and Oral Qualifying Exams, and general expectations for student performance.

In order to sit for Quals in the Fall, you will need to submit both the ‘Application for Qualifying Examination’ form and ‘’Appointment of Supervisory or Examining Committee’ form for review and approval.  I have attached these forms in PDF format for your reference.  The ‘Application for Doctoral Qualifying Examination’ form should be printed and completed, while the ‘Appointment of Supervisory or Examining Committee’ form contains interactive text boxes that should be completed prior to printing.  The spaces on the ‘Appointment’ form to list the dissertation chair and committee members are interactive text boxes for names to be typed in, rather than for hard copy signatures to be obtained.  Completed forms are due by 5pm, Friday, June 28th. If you plan to attend the organizational meeting, it is most convenient for you to submit the forms at the meeting.  After the meeting, information letters will be mailed to all students who have been approved to sit for Quals in September.

Doctoral students can sit for Qualifying Exams and enroll in HIED 8399: Dissertation Seminar simultaneously, or complete them consecutively with Qualifying Exams taken before HIED 8399.  If you intend to enroll in HIED 8399: Dissertation Seminar in the Fall, please note that your chair’s approval of a dissertation prospectus is a condition of obtaining permission to enroll in the course.  You should submit a first draft prospectus to your chair as soon as possible, and no later than Friday, June 14th.  I’ve appended the text of the Dissertation Proposal Prospectus handout that should be used as a guide for writing, and I strongly recommend talking with your chair now to shape the development of the prospectus.

If you have questions about the Quals process, please attend the organizational meeting.  If you would like to receive a copy of the 2013-2014 Student Guide to Qualifying Exams when it is finished, please e-mail me individually at <>.

Updated 6.24.2013