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Curriculum of the MOR Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. program is designed to take four to five years, with the first two years emphasizing coursework and initiating a research program; the remaining years emphasize research, conference presentations and publishing, and in particular the development of a Ph.D. dissertation. For more information, please see the degree requirements on the Marhall Ph.D. program website.

Faculty Mentors and Research

Perhaps the most important feature of the MOR program curriculum is that all Ph.D. students must have a faculty mentor. The Ph.D. coordinator will match mentors to incoming students based on stated research interests; students can switch to a mentor of their own choosing at any time thereafter. The Ph.D. program coordinator needs to know at the beginning of each year each student?s mentor. The faculty mentor is central to the early research experience, which is an integral part of learning to become a competent scholar. The model we follow in MOR is that of the apprenticeship, where students work closely with faculty to learn how to design, carry out, and write up research. This provides an essential foundation for students to undertake their own research projects, especially during the dissertation stage of the program. At the dissertation stage, the faculty mentor is the dissertation committee chair. Prior to the selection of a dissertation chair, it is each student's responsibility to find someone who agrees to serve as a mentor.