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Ashford University Catalog

Online Doctoral Programs

Overview

The following doctoral programs are offered through Ashford University’s College of Doctoral Studies.

Academic Policies and Procedures - Non-Term Format

This section includes academic policies related to non-term format degree programs at Ashford University.

The Academic Calendar for Ashford University Doctoral programs is continuous (also known as non-term), rather than defined by semester dates. Students typically take one course at a time and move on to the next course without a break. Courses are 6 weeks or 9 weeks in length with an annual two-week Winter Break when courses are not scheduled. The Winter Break for 2019-2020 occurs from December 24, 2019 to January 6, 2020.

Admissions Policies and Procedures for Doctoral Programs

Conditional Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to any Doctoral program must meet the following admission requirements prior to the start of the first course at Ashford University:

  1. Have a Master’s degree from a regionally or approved nationally accredited institution with a graduate-level cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, or an earned Doctoral degree from a regionally or approved nationally accredited institution;
    • Students who have completed 12 credits or more of doctoral-level coursework may have their GPA calculated for doctoral coursework to meet the 3.0 graduate GPA requirement. 
  2. Have access to a computer with an Internet connection and meet the minimum technology requirements and minimum computer skills, abilities, features, system configurations, hardware, and software outlined in the General Academic Information & Policies section of this Catalog;
  3. Have the ability to study in English indicated by one of the following:
  • Earned a Bachelor's or Master's degree in which the primary language of instruction was English; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination taken within the past two (2) years. For the TOEFL, a minimum score of 550 paper-based or 79 internet-based is required. For the IELTS, a minimum score of 6.5 is required. Copies of unofficial scores must be submitted prior to provisional enrollment, and official scores must be submitted prior to full admission.

Master’s degrees from nationally accredited institutions granted accreditation by the following accreditation agencies may be considered for admission:

  • Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools, Accreditation Commission (AARTS);
  •  Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE, formerly known as AABC);
  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC, formerly known as ACCSCT, NATTS or CCA-ACICS)
  • Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS, formerly known as AICS or CCAACICS)*;
  • Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, (ATS);
  • Council on Occupational Education (COE, formerly known as SACS-COEI);
  • Distance Education and Training Council, Accrediting Commission (DETC, formerly known as NHSC);
  • Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission (TRACS); and
  • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

*Credits earned from Colleges and Schools with this accreditation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine if the accrediting body was approved and in good standing when credits were earned.

Students with Master's degrees accredited by the aforementioned institutions may be required to submit unofficial documentation to the Registrar’s Office at the time of provisional admissions.

Ashford University reserves the right to deny admission or re-admission to any applicant. Ashford University recognizes the importance of protecting student privacy and reserves the right to request documentation to establish or verify any student’s identity at any time, for administrative or compliance purposes. Students are expected to provide such documentation, and failure to do so may be considered a violation of the Student Community Standards. The University may deny or rescind admission to any student for failure to authenticate his or her identity.

Applicants are conditionally admitted to a Doctoral degree program when they submit a completed application indicating that they meet admission requirements outlined for that program and are approved by the Registrar’s Office. Applicants in a conditional admission status are not eligible for Title IV funds and are not considered regular students until granted provisional or full admission.

Appeal Procedure for a Third Consecutive Conditional Admission Period or Ashford Promise

Provisional admission status must be attained by the end of the second (2nd) attempt of the Ashford Promise, while a student is in conditional standing. Students who fail to attain provisional admission by the end of their second (2nd) attempt of the Ashford Promise must wait six months from the date they were denied admission to re-apply, or they may appeal the University’s decision using the process outlined subsequently to request a third (3rd) consecutive attempt of conditional admission in the Ashford Promise. Students that fail their third (3rd) consecutive attempt of conditional admission in the Ashford Promise will not be provided a fourth (4th) attempt. 

Disagreements over academic quality will not be considered as an appropriate basis for such appeals. In cases of appropriate cause, the Ashford University Admission Appeals Committee reviews the appeals and renders a decision to the student. The decision will be communicated to the student via email from the Registrar's Office. Appeals must include an explanation of the event that occurred, which caused the student to not attain provisional admission to the University after two attempts.

Students must appeal in writing to the University Registrar. The appeal must be submitted to [email protected] and approved prior to enrollment in any future courses. Additionally, the student’s appeal letter must include:

  • A reasonable explanation for the student’s academic performance to date, which includes mitigating circumstances such as student injury/illness, death of a student’s family member, or other reasons resulting in the undue hardship to the student;
  • Compelling evidence that they have the ability to succeed in an academic program due to changed circumstances, experience, and/or successful completion of college level credits during their period of absence; and,
  • A plan for completion of the coursework required to meet basic academic requirements during their coursework at Ashford University.

Appeal decisions will be communicated from the Registrar’s Office to students via email.

Provisional Admission Requirements

Students must attend beyond Week 3 of their first course in order to be provisionally admitted to a Doctoral degree program at Ashford University.

Attendance beyond Week 3 constitutes a student’s confirmation of their intention to continue in the program as a regular student. Upon attendance beyond Week 3 of their first course, students are considered matriculated, regular students in their degree program. Students who meet the requirements for Full Admission will be fully admitted into the degree program.

Transfer Credit Evaluation for Doctoral Degree Programs

Records Management staff will begin requesting official transcripts from schools where any graduate-level credit was earned, using the signed Transcript Request form.

This includes:

  • College or university transcripts from institutions where graduate credit was earned
  • Military credits evaluated for equivalency to graduate-level college credits.

Once these transcripts have been received, the Registrar’s Office staff will complete the student’s transfer credit evaluation.

At the conclusion of the third (3rd) attempted Ashford University course in a degree-seeking program, if any transcripts from institutions where graduate credit was earned have not yet been received, the Registrar’s Office staff will proceed with the transfer credit evaluation of any transcripts received to date. Additional transcripts may be submitted for evaluation at a later date, should they become available.

If it is determined prior to the conclusion of the third (3rd) attempted Ashford University course that certain transcripts where graduate credit was earned are unable to be provided, students may sign and submit an Authorization to Close File form thereby waiving potential transfer credits from previously attended schools, to expedite the transfer credit evaluation process. These transcripts may be submitted for evaluation at a later date, should they become available.

Students are responsible for reviewing their transfer credit evaluation as well as their scheduled courses with their Academic Advisor and informing them of any courses that they feel are duplicative or equivalent in content to previously completed coursework.

Students may submit official transcripts to Ashford University for review of transfer credits at any time.

Full Admission Requirements

The following requirements must be met prior to the conclusion of the third (3rd) attempted Ashford University course in a degree-seeking program. To start the fourth (4th) course, students must complete all the requirements subsequently outlined and must meet all admissions requirements applicable to their specific degree program. Students who do not complete all requirements will not be fully admitted and will be withdrawn from the program.

  • Submission of an official transcript from the regionally accredited or approved nationally accredited institution that awarded the Master’s degree indicating a minimum GPA of 3.0 or an official transcript from a regionally or approved nationally accredited institution that awarded a Doctoral degree, with a degree conferral date prior to the start of the first course at Ashford University.
    • Students who have completed 12 credits or more of doctoral-level coursework may have their GPA calculated for doctoral coursework to meet the 3.0 graduate GPA requirement. 
  • Students must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores, if required for admission.

Additional Admission Requirements for International Applicants

The following requirements are applicable to international applicants and applicants relying on academic credentials earned outside the United States for admission to Doctoral programs. Please note that visa services are not provided for enrollment in online programs and that the University will not vouch for a nonimmigrant alien student’s status or associated charges.

Provisional Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements for provisional admission outlined in the admission policy for doctoral programs, copies of documentation indicating that the student meets the following admission requirements are required for provisional admission:

  • Submit copies of an official evaluation from an approved evaluation service indicating that the student has met the following requirements:
    • The equivalent of a regionally or approved nationally accredited Master’s degree from the United States.
  • All academic records from countries other than the United States must have been evaluated by one of the following evaluation services:
    • Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE); OR
    • World Education Services (WES)

Note: Students who have already had their international credentials evaluated prior to applying to Ashford University may petition the Office of the Registrar for acceptance of evaluations from other credible agencies.

Full Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements for full admission outlined in the admission policy for Doctoral programs, international students must submit an official evaluation sent directly from an approved evaluation service indicating that the student meets full admission requirement (student copies are not accepted) prior to the conclusion of three (3) Ashford University courses (equivalent to one academic term) if that institution is where their Master’s degree was earned. To begin the fourth (4th) Ashford University course, international students must complete the requirement or they will be withdrawn from the program at the conclusion of the third (3rd) attempted Ashford University course.

Doctor of Psychology, Respecialization

Ashford University does not provide a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Respecialization course of study. Students wishing to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology who already have an advanced degree in psychology should consult with an Enrollment Services Advisor to determine the recommended program of study at Ashford University.

Program Enrollment

Initial enrollment in non-term programs is arranged through an Enrollment Services Advisor. Prospective online students should contact an Enrollment Services Advisor to register. It is the student’s responsibility to officially register for the program course of study. After initial enrollment, students will work with their Academic Advisor to register, add courses, or change their course schedule. Students must communicate any change in the original registration to their Academic Advisor. Major changes in a student’s schedule may necessitate completion of a new admissions application and enrollment agreement.

Registration

Initial registration and student scheduling is a one-time process based upon the information provided to Ashford University in the admission application. The student’s initial schedule is based upon the student’s desired start date and program of study in conjunction with previous education. Initial registration occurs in consultation with an Enrollment Services Advisor. Upon completion of initial registration, students have access to their individual course schedules and the dates of each course for which they are registered via the Student Portal. A student’s course schedule may not reflect the exact order in which the courses appear on the website, in the Enrollment Agreement, and in this Catalog. Course sequencing may vary by student according to academic needs and course availability.

Academic Advisors adjust student schedules, in consultation with the student, to accommodate courses applied in transfer once the admission file is completed and the student receives full admission to the University. It is the student’s responsibility to review his or her schedule regularly through the Student Portal and to notify their advisor to initiate any schedule changes.

Cohort Size Management

Ashford University reserves the right to make adjustments to student schedules, courses, and programs, including but not limited to cancellation, postponement, course dates, sequence, and modality as deemed necessary by University administration. The University may postpone the scheduled starting date or the class schedule due to insufficient cohort size based on projected or actual enrollment in the course. The delay period will be determined by the time necessary to secure sufficient enrollment in the course, but will not exceed one year in length. Students unable to register for a particular course will receive a full refund for any tuition paid for that course. Registration in a particular course section or with a specific instructor is not guaranteed. Students are classified as full time while enrolled.

Course Delivery

Online Courses

In general, online courses are six (6) weeks in length. Doctoral Capstone Seminar and Dissertation/Applied Doctoral Project courses are nine (9) weeks in length. Specific weekly log-in requirements are built into the design of each course and monitored over the Internet through the online learning platform. The course structure allows students to take the initiative to learn weekly content on their own time and provides carefully developed learning activities that allow students to optimize their knowledge processing/application efforts. Course outcomes are clearly stated and assessed through multiple measures.

Online Course Attendance Policy

Students taking classes in an accelerated format are expected to attend each week. Attendance is defined as participating in an academic activity within the online classroom which includes posting in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment. Postings not related to graded discussion forums or written assignments not related to the actual assignment may be reviewed and disqualified for attendance purposes.

Each instructional week begins on a Tuesday and concludes on the following Monday. A student is recorded either absent or present each day based on participation in an academic activity. All recorded time stamps for assignment submissions, discussion board posts, and attendance records reflect Mountain Time Zone.

Students who do not attend at least once in any seven (7) consecutive day period will be issued an attendance warning. Students who do not attend at least once in any 14 consecutive day period will be dropped from the course and administratively withdrawn from the University retroactive to the last date of recorded attendance. Students who attend on the first day following 14 consecutive days of non-attendance will not be dropped from their course or administratively withdrawn. Students who are enrolled in courses concurrently and are meeting attendance requirements for at least one course will not be administratively withdrawn from the University, but will be dropped from any courses in which attendance requirements are not being met.

Students who participate in an academic activity in a course prior to its official start date will not be dropped from their course during Week 1 for non-attendance as long as they subsequently attend at least once during Week 1 of the course.

Please refer to Course Drop policies for grade implications when not meeting attendance requirements. Students who drop a course or are dropped for not meeting attendance requirements and do not attend within 14 days of their last date of attendance will be administratively withdrawn from the University. A student’s last date of attendance following successful completion of a course is the end date of that course. The University may schedule breaks during which no courses are scheduled. When this occurs, such as during the annual winter break, the non-enrollment period may extend the 14 day limit to include the break.

For information regarding the determination of withdrawal date, please see the Withdrawal from the University policy in the General Academic Policies and Information section in this Catalog.

Note: New students who do not meet attendance requirements for the first week of their first course, or do not complete their first course, will be administratively withdrawn from the University and must work with their Enrollment Services Advisor to reschedule their enrollment in the program.

Dissertation & Applied Doctoral Project Courses

Dissertation and Applied Doctoral Project courses for students enrolled online are supplemented by an online classroom environment where students are expected to actively participate. The standard Online Course Attendance Policy applies for Dissertation and Applied Doctoral Project courses.

Academic Participation

In addition to meeting attendance requirements, students attending online courses are expected to participate in their courses by actively engaging in weekly discussion forums with substantial posts and completing the required assignments for each week. A list of all assignments can be found in the course calendar within the Course Guide/Syllabus and in the online course. Assignment instructions are detailed in the weekly instructional units. Failure to meet academic participation requirements may negatively impact an assignment and/or course grade. Failure to complete the introductory posting on the first day of each course may result in a grade deduction on the assignment. All recorded time stamps for assignment submissions, discussion board posts and attendance records will reflect Mountain Time Zone. Students who anticipate being absent for an entire week of a course should contact the instructor in advance and make arrangements to complete the required assignments. Acceptance of late work is at the discretion of the instructor and does not waive attendance requirements.

Academic Leave

Students who plan to take a break in attendance of greater than 14 days but no more than 30 days from their last date of attendance, who provide a written confirmation of their intent to return, will not be administratively withdrawn, provided they return as scheduled. Written confirmations must be provided via the Academic Leave Request form in the Student Portal, and should be submitted within 14 days of the last date of attendance. Academic Leave Requests allow students to postpone the start date of their next scheduled course and maintain an active status with the University. To gain access to the Academic Leave Request form, students must speak with an Academic Advisor. New students must complete their first course in order to be eligible for an Academic Leave.

Students who do not return on their scheduled return date or do not attend within the first seven days of the course they are scheduled for when returning from an approved Academic Leave will be administratively withdrawn. Please note that administrative withdrawal may occur at any point in a student’s enrollment when 14 consecutive days of non-attendance occur, whether within an active course or between the last date of attendance in a prior course and the first date of attendance in a subsequent course. Students who attend on the first day following 14 consecutive days of non-attendance will not be dropped from their course or administratively withdrawn.

Exceptions to submitting an Academic Leave Request through the Student Portal may be made in instances where extreme extenuating circumstances exist for students unable to access the Student Portal. Students must contact an Academic Advisor for assistance with this exception.

The University can make exceptions in which a 45-day break in attendance may be granted on a case-by-case basis.

In-Residence Workshop Requirement

Doctoral students have an In-Residence Workshop Series requirement as part of the Doctoral programs, excluding Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Specialization. The In-Residence Workshop Series prepares students for their Dissertation or Applied Doctoral Project and post-doctoral experiences. These interactive sessions offer students an opportunity to meet and collaborate with colleagues and faculty. The workshops help to ensure student success in the completion of their program. Students will work with their Academic Advisor to schedule their workshop.

In-Residence Workshops

Students who attend the In-Residence Workshop are expected to actively participate for the full sixteen hours of instructional time. Failure to actively participate 90% or greater (at least fourteen hours) of instructional time during the In-Residence Workshop will result in the student being withdrawn from the workshop, and he or she will be required to repeat the workshop. Students will be enrolled in an online classroom at least three days before the In-Residence Workshop starts.

  • RES 8001 In-Residence Workshop 1 (0 credits)
  • RES 8002 In-Residence Workshop 2 (0 credits)
  • RES 8003 In-Residence Workshop 3 (0 credits)

Virtual In-Residence Workshop Request

Students experiencing hardship or who are unable to travel to attend an In-Residence Workshop may be approved to attend a Virtual In-Residence Workshop. The Virtual In-Residence Workshop Request may be approved for the following documented reasons that directly impact the student’s ability to attend the workshop in-person:

  • Documented military duty that resulted in an inability to continue in the course or program^;
  • Documented personal or immediate family medical emergency*;
  • Documented disability related impacts;
  • Documented act of nature;
  • Documented death in the immediate family*;
  • Documented temporary severe economic hardship; Or
  • Documented international residence

^ For information regarding Readmission of Students after Military Service under the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, please see the General Academic Policies and Information section of this Catalog.

*Immediate family is defined as including husband, wife, domestic partner, grandparent, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, (step/adoptive) mother, (step/adoptive) father, (step/adoptive) brother, (step/adoptive) sister, and (step/adoptive) child. Additional considerations can be made on a case-by-case basis as determined by the University. Please contact the appropriate Dean for specific consideration. Approval to attend Virtual In-Residence Workshop RES 8104 is not required. Virtual In-Residence Workshop Requests may be submitted to the Office of Student Access and Wellness. Please contact the Office of Student Access and Wellness at [email protected] to initiate the request.

Virtual In-Residence Workshop

The workshop will take place over four (4) scheduled days. Students can expect to complete asynchronous activities, in an online classroom, throughout the four (4) days. In addition, they will be expected to participate in synchronous meetings during two (2) of the four (4) days. These scheduled meetings will be facilitated via a web-based video conference tool, and each meeting will last about four (4) hours. During the synchronous meetings, students are expected to connect via phone and computer for the entire length of each meeting.

  • RES 8101 Virtual In-Residence Workshop 1 (0 credits)
  • RES 8102 Virtual In-Residence Workshop 2 (0 credits)
  • RES 8103 Virtual In-Residence Workshop 3 (0 credits)

Doctoral Research

As a requirement for graduation from Ashford University with a degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), each student must complete and successfully defend a Dissertation. As a requirement for graduation from Ashford University with a degree of Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), each student must complete and successfully defend either an Applied Doctoral Project or a Dissertation. The Doctoral Research phase begins after successful completion of the Doctoral Capstone Seminar and includes: Dissertation Planning I/II, Applied Doctoral Project Planning I/II, Dissertation, Dissertation Extension, Applied Doctoral Project, and Applied Doctoral Project Extension courses.

Dissertation

The purpose of the Dissertation is to ensure that the student has mastered the ability to pursue a systematic investigation, which examines significant issues or problems in applied psychology. The Dissertation requirement is also designed to contribute to the student’s knowledge, skills, and research expertise in psychology. Students choose a topic that addresses carefully chosen research questions that the student then investigates with quantitative or qualitative research, with a meta-analysis, or with a program design or program evaluation.

Students are enrolled in Dissertation for five credits. Students not completing their dissertation during that period and not enrolled in any other course or internship (for PsyD, Clinical Specialization students) will register in Dissertation Extension to remain in the program.

Prerequisites, timelines for completion, and attendance requirements for Dissertation, as well as a detailed explanation of each step in the process, are described in the Dissertation Handbook.

While it is not required, Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) students may choose to complete a Dissertation instead of an Applied Doctoral Project. Students interested in completing a Dissertation must submit a change request to the Registrar’s Office.

Applied Doctoral Project

Consistent with the philosophy and purpose of a PsyD degree, the Applied Doctoral Project (ADP) will demonstrate a student’s mastery of a particular topic of relevance and the application of scholarly knowledge and skills. Given the broad diversity of topics, fields, methodologies, settings, and applications relevant to students’ chosen careers within the University’s PsyD programs, the nature and format of the ADP is by necessity flexible, including quantitative and qualitative approaches, action research, historical analysis, observational studies, theoretical inquiries, case studies, program evaluations, and other research methodologies.

Students are enrolled in Applied Doctoral Project for a minimum of five credits (RES 8981-8985). Students satisfactorily progressing through the ADP course requirements, but not meeting the required milestones in the designated timeframe, will be required to reenroll in the corresponding ADP course. Students needing more than two reenrollments in any of the ADP courses will need to appeal to enroll in the Applied Doctoral Project Extension, RES 8986/8987 to remain in the program and complete the designated milestone(s).

Prerequisites, timelines for completion, and attendance requirements for Applied Doctoral Project, as well as a detailed explanation of each step in the process, are described in the Applied Doctoral Project Handbook.

Student Portfolio

Students are encouraged to create portfolios during the course of their program to showcase their best work and to have a document to utilize and submit when applying for internships, post-doctoral programs, or for employment.

Doctoral Candidacy

Students in all Doctoral Programs, except PsyD, Clinical Specialization*, will be conferred Doctoral Candidacy following their Doctoral Research committee approval of:

  1. For Dissertation: Letter of Intent, or
  2. For Applied Doctoral Project (ADP): Project Justification Template

Candidacy is officially conferred by the Registrar following confirmation of progress by the student’s Dissertation Specialist. Prior to Doctoral Candidacy being conferred, the student should be referred to as a doctoral student; following being conferred, the students can be referred to as a doctoral candidate.

*Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Clinical Specialization has a separate candidacy policy. 

Doctoral Candidacy – PsyD Clinical

Students will be eligible to apply for doctoral candidacy in Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Clinical Specialization after they have completed the following:

  1. Passed the Doctoral Qualifying Exam,
  2. Completed 300 hours of practicum experience, and
  3. Had an acceptable annual review of student progress.

Candidacy is officially conferred by the President of the University Faculty Senate upon recommendation by the student’s Faculty Mentor. An appeal of the candidacy decision may be made to the Provost, or designee.

Program Time Limits

Doctoral Programs

All Doctoral programs have an eight (8) year time limit from the time a student enters the first term of any Doctoral program at Ashford University. Students who do not complete their degree program within the required time limits may be academically dismissed from the University.

In some circumstances, it may take longer for an individual student to earn his or her Doctoral degree. For instance, not maintaining full-time status, taking an academic leave from the program, retaking a course, or failing to pass the Dissertation or Applied Doctoral Project defense, can delay a student’s completion of the program.

If unable to complete the program requirements on time for any reason, the student may appeal to the Dean of Doctoral Studies, or designee, for a one year extension. If unable to complete the program requirements on time for any reason after the first appeal, the student may appeal one additional time to the Dean of Doctoral Studies, or designee, for a final one year extension. Students must complete all degree requirements within ten (10) years maximum.

Doctoral program completion time limits do not supersede the obligation to maintain satisfactory academic progress throughout the student’s program of study. Program completion deadlines are calculated based on the first date of attendance in the student’s program. In extenuating circumstances, with accompanying documentation, Deans may approve an extension to the maximum time to completion. Approved extensions may not exceed the requirements to maintain satisfactory academic progress.

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Clinical Specialization

In keeping with some licensing board regulatory statutes, students cannot complete a Clinical Doctoral program at Ashford University in less than three (3) years. To satisfy the residency requirement, the University requires students to complete full-time enrollment of six (6) semester credits or more of regular coursework for five (5) consecutive terms (one academic year). Students should be aware that this is a requirement for graduation. In addition, The PsyD, Clinical Specialization program has a seven (7) year time limit from the term that the student was admitted to the PsyD, Clinical Specialization program. Students can except to complete the PsyD, Clinical Specialization program in four and one half years to five years of continuous full-time study from their beginning term.

In some circumstances, it may take longer for an individual student to earn his or her Doctoral degree. For instance, not maintaining full-time status, taking an academic leave from the program, retaking a course, failing to advance to the next stage of the program at an annual review, or failing to pass the Comprehensive Examinations or the Dissertation defense, can delay a student’s completion of the program. From the time a student enters the first term of the PsyD, Clinical Specialization program, he or she has a maximum of seven (7) years to complete the program requirements, except in exceptional cases approved by the Dean for the program level.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Organizational Development and Leadership

Degree Focus

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Organizational Development and Leadership program is designed for students with career aspirations in applying the principles of psychology of human performance in organizations to improve organizational operations and strategic execution. The PhD in Organizational Development and Leadership resembles the traditional scientist-practitioner model for the student who desires more preparation in the application of research, statistics, assessment, and related methodologies in organizational psychology.

Special Terms and Conditions: Successful completion of this program by itself does not lead to licensure or certification in any state, regardless of concentration or specialization. Students seeking licensure or certification in a particular profession are strongly encouraged to carefully research the requirements prior to enrollment. Requirements may vary by state. Ashford University does not guarantee that any professional organization will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any exam for the purpose of professional certification.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the PhD in Organizational Development and Leadership program will be able to:

  1. Design research applicable to individuals, teams and organizations using evidence-based methods and principles of ethical psychological research;
  2. Assess the influence and impact of social, emotional, and cultural dynamics on organizational strategy, innovation, learning, growth, and competitive advantage;
  3. Create evidence-based systems and strategies associated with organizational performance, structure, and development, human performance, behavior and learning, and growth and innovation;
  4. Evaluate concepts, skills, and initiatives that are fundamental to the ethical practice of diverse and multicultural organizations and organizational leaders;
  5. Appraise the complexity of organizational systems and functions as an effective change agent through implementation of evidence-based interventions and psychological research in complex, multicultural teams and organizations;
  6. Assess the impact of organizational policies, practices, strategic initiatives, innovation, and change processes in teams and organizations;
  7. Design appropriate organizational learning and development solutions influenced by principles of human performance technology and industrial and organizational psychology; and
  8. Apply leadership skills appropriate for a variety of complex, multicultural team and organizational settings.

Program-Specific Requirements

Dissertation

Students writing a Dissertation must complete a total of 5 credits by registering for five terms of Dissertation credit, one credit per term.

Please refer to Dissertation in this section of this Catalog for more information on Dissertation requirements.

In-Residence Workshop

Students in this program have an In-Residence Workshop requirement. These workshops are a graduation requirement. The In-Residence Workshop Series prepares students for their Dissertation and post-doctoral experiences.

Please refer to the In-Residence Workshop Requirement in this section of this Catalog for more information on the In-Residence Workshop requirements.

Major Course Requirements (44 credits)

  • PSY 7512 Psychology of Leadership (3 credits)
  • ORG 8511 Advanced Topics in Performance Management (3 credits)
  • RES 7105 Scholarly Argument I (3 credits)
  • ORG 8510 Advanced Seminar: Leading Organizational Change (3 credits)
  • RES 7400 Research Design & Methods – Quantitative (3 credits)
  • RES 7410 Research Design & Methods – Qualitative (3 credits)
  • ORG 8518 Professional & Business Ethics in Organizational Leadership (3 credits)
  • RES 7402 Advanced Tests & Measurements (3 credits)
  • ORG 7101 Assessment Tools for Organizational Leadership (3 credits)
  • RES 7110 Scholarly Argument II (3 credits)

Research Course Requirement (3 credits - students will choose one of the following courses)

  • RES 7415 Advanced Statistics (3 credits)
  • RES 7440 Advanced Study in Qualitative Research (3 credits)

Capstone and Dissertation Courses

  • DOC 8770 Doctoral Capstone Seminar (4 credits)
  • RES 8910 Dissertation Planning I (1 credit)
  • RES 8912 Dissertation Planning II (1 credit)
  • RES 8990/8992 Dissertation* (5 credits)

*Students writing a Dissertation must complete a total of 5 credits by registering for five terms of Dissertation credit, one credit per term. Students will be registered for RES 8990 upon beginning Dissertation until successfully passing the Preliminary Oral Defense. Students will be registered for RES 8992 once the Preliminary Oral Defense has been successfully passed. In RES 8992 the Dissertation Support Fee will no longer be charged.

Specializations (18 credits)

Standard Program of Study

  • EDU 8240 Theories & Models of Instructional Systems Design (3 credits)
  • ORG 8512 Leadership & Organizational Cultures (3 credits)
  • ORG 8532 Advanced Seminar: The Leader as Coach (3 credits)
  • ORG 8615 Advanced Topics in Organizational Development & Leadership (3 credits)
  • ORG 8619 Current & Global Issues in Industrial & Organizational Psychology (3 credits)
  • ORG 8534 Advanced Seminar: Human Resources Business Strategy (3 credits)

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • ORG 8801 Organization Design for Innovation (3 credits)
  • ORG 8805 Managing for Agility (3 credits)
  • ORG 8855 Advanced Social Networking for Organizations (3 credits)
  • ORG 8803 Creating a Culture of Innovation (3 credits)
  • ORG 7525 Issues & Methods in Market Research (3 credits)
  • ORG 8815 Global Issues in Innovation & Entrepreneurship (3 credits)

Organizational Diversity

  • ORG 7701 Theoretical Foundations for Diversity Work (3 credits)
  • ORG 8855 Advanced Social Networking for Organizations (3 credits)
  • ORG 8270 Diversity & Inclusion – Research in Action (3 credits)
  • ORG 7705 Advanced Topics in Cross-Cultural Communications (3 credits)
  • ORG 8532 Advanced Seminar: The Leader as Coach (3 credits)
  • ORG 7710 Cross-Functional Diversity Alignment (3 credits)

Training and E-Learning

  • ORG 8201 Learning Strategies in Organizations (3 credits)
  • EDU 8240 Theories & Models of Instructional Systems Design (3 credits)
  • ORG 8205 Training Needs Assessment Models & Methods (3 credits)
  • ORG 8210 Training Evaluation Models & Methods (3 credits)
  • ORG 8213 Strategic Talent Development (3 credits)
  • ORG 8619 Current & Global Issues in Industrial & Organizational Psychology (3 credits)

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for the PhD in Organizational Development and Leadership, a student must successfully complete the following:

  • The approved program consisting of 62 credits;
  • Dissertation requirements;
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 in all coursework attempted at the University; and
  • Three non-credit In-Residence Workshops.

The degree will be noted on the transcript as a Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Development and Leadership with specialization as applicable.

Note: The date of degree conferral recorded on the student’s transcript and diploma will reflect the end of the term in which the student completes all degree requirements. However, release of transcripts, diplomas, and verifications for degrees awarded are contingent upon submission of an electronic version of the Dissertation for binding, the Petition to Graduate form, payment of the graduation fee, and payment of any outstanding balances with the University.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education

Degree Focus

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education is designed for students who have a Master’s degree in any academic discipline and who have career aspirations and research interests related to education. Students will develop doctoral research, practical skills, critical thinking skills, and the knowledge needed to become an innovative, ethical contributor to the field. The advanced curriculum in this program focuses on providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to approach complex and varied challenges with education-based solutions. The program also focuses on applied research intended to optimize learning opportunities using creative, innovative and resourceful educational leadership and change theories, methods and strategies. The curriculum in this program focuses on the foundational theories, current research, emerging trends, and a personalized opportunity for students to pursue a chosen area of interest and contribute to their chosen field. Students will investigate the historical, theoretical, and philosophical foundations in the field of education to identify a problem, propose a solution, implement the solution, and effectively communicate the results of their findings. Research is critical to the advancement of knowledge in this profession. In addition to course-related research activities, students in this PhD program will complete a dissertation, which is a major piece of original research.

Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions: An online degree from Ashford University does not lead to immediate teacher licensure in any state. If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are CAEP, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student’s criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study. All prospective students are advised to visit the Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD) and to contact the licensing body of the state where they are licensed or intend to obtain licensure to verify that these courses qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits in that state prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state’s policies and procedures relating to licensure as those policies are subject to change.

*The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the resulting entity from the merger of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Alabama Residents: State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at a non-Alabama institution must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at www.alsde.edu.

Hawaii Residents: An education degree offered through Ashford University's online modality does not lead to teacher licensure in the state of Hawaii. In Hawaii, an alternative route to certification is not available.

Iowa Residents: An education degree offered through Ashford University’s online modality does not lead to teacher licensure in the state of Iowa.

Kentucky Residents: Please be advised that although Ashford University College of Education offers a variety of programs aimed at preparing potential educators in diverse settings, our K-12 educator preparation programs are NOT accredited in Kentucky by the Education Professional Standards Board and are NOT recognized for initial, additional, or renewal of certification or salary enhancement (rank change) for K-12 educators in Kentucky. For more information, please visit the Education Professional Standards Board’s website at http://www.epsb.ky.gov/mod/page/view.php?id=220.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the PhD in Education program will be able to:

  1. Evaluate theories, practices, issues, and trends in designing and implementing educational strategies;
  2. Develop strategies for leveraging social and cultural diversity in offering education in organizations;
  3. Design policies and initiatives that adhere to ethical and legal practices in educational settings and learning communities;
  4. Propose solutions to societal problems through evidence-based application of educational research; and
  5. Apply diverse methods and principles of inquiry, discovery, evaluation, and original scholarship to educational research questions and practices.

Program-Specific Requirements

Dissertation

Students writing a Dissertation must complete a total of 5 credits by registering for five terms of Dissertation credit, one credit per term. Please refer to Dissertation in this section of this Catalog for more information on Dissertation requirements.

In-Residence Workshop

Students in this program have an In-Residence Workshop requirement. These workshops are a graduation requirement. The In-Residence Workshop Series prepares students for their Dissertation and post-doctoral experiences. Please refer to the In-Residence Workshop Requirement in this section of this Catalog for more information on the In-Residence Workshop requirements.

Major Course Requirements (59 credits)

  • EDU 7000 Learning & Cognition (3 credits)
  • EDU 7100 History of Education & Social Change (3 credits)
  • RES 7105 Scholarly Argument I (3 credits)
  • EDU 7120 Transformative Issues & Trends in Education (3 credits)
  • EDU 7240 Diversity in Education (3 credits)
  • RES 7400 Research Design & Methods – Quantitative (3 credits)
  • EDU 7130 Educational Leadership Theories & Strategies (3 credits)
  • EDU 8250 Curriculum, Assessment, Design, & Evaluation (3 credits)
  • RES 7410 Research Design & Methods – Qualitative (3 credits)
  • EDU 8300 Governance & Politics of Education (3 credits)
  • EDU 7220 Educational Leadership: Challenges & Opportunities (3 credits)
  • EDU 8225 Culture, Curriculum & Learning (3 credits)
  • EDU 8260 Integrating Technology (3 credits)
  • EDU 8320 Change in People, Society, Bureaucracies & Institutions (3 credits)
  • RES 7110 Scholarly Argument II (3 credits)

Research Course Requirement (3 credits - students will choose one of the following courses)

  • RES 7415 Advanced Statistics (3 credits)
  • RES 7440 Advanced Study in Qualitative Research (3 credits)

Capstone and Dissertation Courses

  • DOC 8770 Doctoral Capstone Seminar (4 credits)
  • RES 8910 Dissertation Planning I (1 credit)
  • RES 8912 Dissertation Planning II (1 credit)
  • RES 8990/8992 Dissertation* (5 credits)

*Students writing a Dissertation must complete a total of 5 credits by registering for five terms of Dissertation credit, one credit per term. Students will be registered for RES 8990 upon beginning Dissertation until successfully passing the Preliminary Oral Defense. Students will be registered for RES 8992 once the Preliminary Oral Defense has been successfully passed. In RES 8992 the Dissertation Support Fee will no longer be charged.

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for the PhD in Education, a student must successfully complete the following:

  • The approved program consisting of 59 credits;
  • Dissertation requirements;
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 in all coursework attempted at the University; and
  • Three non-credit In-Residence Workshops.

The degree will be noted on the transcript as a Doctor of Philosophy in Education.

Note: The date of degree conferral recorded on the student’s transcript and diploma will reflect the date the student completes all academic degree requirements. However, release of transcripts, diplomas, and verifications for degrees awarded are contingent upon submission of the Petition to Graduate form, payment of the graduation fee, and payment of any outstanding balances with the University.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Human Services

Degree Focus

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Human Services program is designed for students with career aspirations and research interests related to guiding the policies and practices needed to address the needs of diverse and underserved populations, including those struggling with addiction, illness, poverty and violence. The advanced curriculum in this specialization is designed to provide opportunities for increasing both depth and breadth of knowledge in the field of human services. Research is critical to the advancement of knowledge in this profession. In addition to course-related research activities, students in this PhD program will complete a dissertation, which is a major piece of original research.

Special Terms and Conditions: Successful completion of this program by itself does not lead to licensure or certification in any state, regardless of concentration or specialization. Students seeking licensure or certification in a particular profession are strongly encouraged to carefully research the requirements prior to enrollment. Requirements may vary by state. Ashford University does not guarantee that any professional organization will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any exam for the purpose of professional certification.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the PhD in Human Services program will be able to:

  1. Design research related to human services theories and systems;
  2. Critique incorporation of social justice matters in human services organizations;
  3. Assess human services performance structures, capacity building, and talent development implementation strategies;
  4. Evaluate concepts, skills, and policies and initiatives that are fundamental to ethical and legal practice in the human services settings;
  5. Formulate strategies to navigate the complexities of human services systems based on best practices; and
  6. Advocate for specific strategies, standards, policies, practices, and service delivery methods using multiple communication methods.

Program-Specific Requirements

Dissertation

Students writing a Dissertation must complete a total of 5 credits by registering for five terms of Dissertation credit, one credit per term. Please refer to Dissertation in this section of this Catalog for more information on Dissertation requirements.

In-Residence Workshop

Students in this program have an In-Residence Workshop requirement. These workshops are a graduation requirement. The In-Residence Workshop Series prepares students for their Dissertation and post-doctoral experiences. Please refer to the In-Residence Workshop Requirement in this section of this Catalog for more information on the In-Residence Workshop requirements.

Major Course Requirements (47 credits)

  • HUM 7100 History & Systems of Human Services (3 credits)
  • HUM 8105 Applied Human Services Policy (3 credits)
  • RES 7105 Scholarly Argument I (3 credits)
  • HUM 7160 Organizational Operations & Human Services Administration (3 credits)
  • HUM 8115 Theories & Strategies of Community Development & Advocacy (3 credits)
  • RES 7400 Research Design & Methods – Quantitative (3 credits)
  • RES 7410 Research Design & Methods – Qualitative (3 credits)
  • ORG 8518 Professional & Business Ethics in Organizational Leadership (3 credits)
  • RES 7480 Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)
  • HUM 7175 Program Review & Evaluation (3 credits)
  • RES 7110 Scholarly Argument II (3 credits)

Research Course Requirement (3 credits - students will choose one of the following courses)

  • RES 7415 Advanced Statistics (3 credits)
  • RES 7440 Advanced Study in Qualitative Research (3 credits)

Capstone and Dissertation Courses

  • DOC 8770 Doctoral Capstone Seminar (4 credits)
  • RES 8910 Dissertation Planning I (1 credit)
  • RES 8912 Dissertation Planning II (1 credit)
  • RES 8990/8992 Dissertation* (5 credits)

*Students writing a Dissertation must complete a total of 5 credits by registering for five terms of Dissertation credit, one credit per term. Students will be registered for RES 8990 upon beginning Dissertation until successfully passing the Preliminary Oral Defense. Students will be registered for RES 8992 once the Preliminary Oral Defense has been successfully passed. In RES 8992 the Dissertation Support Fee will no longer be charged.

Specializations (15 credits)

Standard Program of Study

  • HUM 7140 Socio-Cultural Determinants in Society (3 credits)
  • HUM 7170 Financial & Grant Management (3 credits)
  • HUM 8125 Performance & Quality Management (3 credits)
  • HUM 8215 Special, Vulnerable, & Underserved Populations in Human Services (3 credits)
  • HUM 8225 Human Services Information Technology (3 credits)

Mental Health Administration

  • ORG 7272 Group Process & Group Leadership in Organizations (3 credits)
  • ORG 8061 Administration of Grants & Contracts: Governmental & Community Funding (3 credits)
  • ORG 8650 Strategies & Policies to Advance Mental Health Care (3 credits)
  • ORG 8160 Mental Health Programs & Services for Special Populations (3 credits)
  • ORG 8165 Mental Health in the Context of Community Wellness (3 credits)

Nonprofit Management

  • HUM 7170 Financial & Grant Management (3 credits)
  • HUM 8519 Advanced Seminar: Ethical Issues in Non-Profit Management (3 credits)
  • HUM 8060 The Non-Profit Executive as Fund Raiser (3 credits)
  • ORG 8061 Administration of Grants & Contracts: Government & Community Funding (3 credits)
  • HUM 8070 Advanced Seminar: Volunteers & Non-Profit Governance (3 credits)

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for the PhD in Human Services, a student must successfully complete the following:

  • The approved program consisting of 62 credits;
  • Dissertation requirements;
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 in all coursework attempted at the University; and
  • Three non-credit In-Residence Workshops.

The degree will be noted on the transcript as a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services with specialization as applicable.

Note: The date of degree conferral recorded on the student’s transcript and diploma will reflect the date the student completes all academic degree requirements. However, release of transcripts, diplomas, and verifications for degrees awarded are contingent upon submission of the Petition to Graduate form, payment of the graduation fee, and payment of any outstanding balances with the University.

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Degree Focus

The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), program is designed for students who are, or desire to be, practitioners in particular disciplines such as Criminal Justice, Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Sport and Performance Psychology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, and others that have in common a desire to demonstrate service to the community through improving the emotional and mental health of clients. PsyD students become practitioner-scholars by becoming knowledgeable of the theory, research, and evidence-based practice in their specializations. The culminating Applied Doctoral Project becomes a personal contribution to the field of practice and of scholarship.

Special Terms and Conditions: The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional. Ashford University does not guarantee that any professional organization will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any exam for the purpose of professional certification or licensure. Students seeking licensure or certification in the field of psychology should carefully research the requirements prior to enrollment. Requirements vary by state. Further, a criminal record may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure, certification, or employment in this field of study.

California Students: This program does not lead to licensure. According to the California Board of Psychology, candidates for licensure must have a doctorate degree in clinical or counseling psychology. The Board of Behavioral Sciences which governs licensure for LMFT, LPC, LPCC, and LCSW, requires candidates to meet didactic requirements and rigorous practicum/supervised professional hours that range between 500 to 2000 hours depending on the type of license. Coursework in the MAPSY may partially meet didactic requirements for CA licensure but that evaluation is done by the respective boards, and the purpose of the program is not designed to prepare students for licensure of any type. A criminal history background check by fingerprint via a Live Scan service must be passed that may include an investigation into felony and misdemeanor convictions. For additional details regarding the CA requirements for obtaining licensure, please visit: http://www.psychology.ca.gov/licensees/.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the PsyD program will be able to:

  1. Apply best practices in the field regarding professional values, ethics, attitudes, and behaviors;
  2. Exhibit culturally diverse standards in working professionally with individuals, groups, and communities who represent various cultural and personal backgrounds;
  3. Utilize a comprehensive knowledge base grounded in theoretical models, evidence-based methods, and research in the discipline;
  4. Integrate leadership skills appropriate in the field of psychology; and
  5. Critically evaluate applied research methods, trends, and concepts.

Program-Specific Requirements

Applied Doctoral Project

Students completing an Applied Doctoral Project (ADP) must complete a minimum of 5 credits by registering for five terms of Applied Doctoral Project credit, one credit per term. Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) students may choose to complete a Dissertation instead of an Applied Doctoral Project. Students interested in completing a Dissertation must submit a change request. Please refer to Dissertation & Applied Doctoral Project in this section of this Catalog for more information on Applied Doctoral Project and Dissertation requirements.

In-Residence Workshop

Students in this program have an In-Residence Workshop requirement. These workshops are a graduation requirement. The In-Residence Workshop Series prepares students for their Applied Doctoral Project and post-doctoral experiences. Please refer to the In-Residence Workshop Requirement in this section of this Catalog for more information on the In-Residence Workshop requirements.

Major Course Requirements (41 credits)

  • PSY 7512 Psychology of Leadership (3 credits)
  • RES 7105 Scholarly Argument I (3 credits)
  • PSY 7510 Biological Bases of Behavior (3 credits)
  • PSY 7210 Adult Psychopathology & Treatment I (3 credits)
  • ORG 7272 Group Process & Group Leadership in Organizations (3 credits)
  • RES 7302 Advanced Research Methods (3 credits)
  • RES 7480 Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)
  • RES 7430 Action Research (3 credits)
  • RES 7110 Scholarly Argument II (3 credits)
  • ORG 7101 Assessment Tools for Organizational Leadership (3 credits)

Capstone and Applied Doctoral Project Courses

  • DOC 8770 Doctoral Capstone Seminar (4 credits)
  • RES 8920 Applied Doctoral Project Planning I (1 credit)
  • RES 8922 Applied Doctoral Project Planning II (1 credit)
  • RES 8981-8985 Applied Doctoral Project (5 credits)*

*Students satisfactorily progressing through the ADP experience, but not meeting the required milestones in the designated timeframe, will be required to reenroll in the corresponding ADP experience. Students needing more than two reenrollments in any of the ADP courses will need to appeal to enroll in the Applied Doctoral Project Extension, RES 8986/8987 to remain in the program and complete the designated milestone(s).

Specializations (21 credits)

Criminology and Justice Studies

  • ORG 8571 Contemporary Criminological Theory (3 credits)
  • ORG 8573 Types & Characteristics of Crime (3 credits)
  • ORG 8575 Advanced Analysis of Criminal Justice Processes (3 credits)
  • ORG 8577 Juvenile Justice (3 credits)
  • ORG 8580 Mental Health & Crime (3 credits)
  • ORG 8582 Drugs, Addiction, & Crime (3 credits)
  • ORG 8586 Evaluating Criminal Justice Interventions (3 credits)

Educational Leadership

  • ORG 8530 Influence, Motivation & Persuasion in the Workplace (3 credits)
  • ORG 8512 Leadership & Organizational Cultures (3 credits)
  • ORG 8534 Advanced Seminar: Human Resources Business Strategy (3 credits)
  • EDU 8240 Theories & Models of Instructional Systems Design (3 credits)
  • ORG 8542 Advanced Seminar: Learning Strategies in Organizations (3 credits)
  • ORG 8545 Advanced Seminar: Learning Initiatives & Organizational Change (3 credits)
  • ORG 8550 Organizational Systems Theory (3 credits)

Health and Wellness Psychology

  • ORG 8510 Advanced Seminar: Leading Organizational Change (3 credits)
  • ORG 8300 International Comparison of Health Insurance Systems (3 credits)
  • ORG 7343 Advanced Intervention Strategies in Wellness Programming (3 credits)
  • ORG 8320 Environmental Stress on Mind & Body (3 credits)
  • ORG 8340 Exploring the Self: Increasing the Efficiency of Helping Others (3 credits)
  • ORG 8500 Advanced Topics in Organizational Consulting (3 credits)
  • ORG 7356 Integrative Medicine in Health Promotion Programs (3 credits)

Industrial Organizational Psychology

  • ORG 8530 Influence, Motivation & Persuasion in the Workplace (3 credits)
  • ORG 8518 Professional & Business Ethics in Organizational Leadership (3 credits)
  • ORG 8619 Current & Global Issues in Industrial & Organizational Psychology (3 credits)
  • ORG 8534 Advanced Seminar: Human Resources Business Strategy (3 credits)
  • ORG 8615 Advanced Topics in Organizational Development & Leadership (3 credits)
  • ORG 8500 Advanced Topics in Organizational Consulting (3 credits)
  • ORG 8512 Leadership & Organizational Cultures (3 credits)

Mediation and Conflict Resolution

  • ORG 8500 Advanced Topics in Organizational Consulting (3 credits)
  • ORG 7650 Organizational Systems & Conflict Theories (3 credits)
  • ORG 8518 Professional & Business Ethics in Organizational Leadership (3 credits)
  • ORG 8630 Influencing Leaders to Resolve Conflict (3 credits)
  • ORG 8635 Developing Conflict Resolution Plans & Policies (3 credits)
  • ORG 8510 Advanced Seminar: Leading Organizational Change (3 credits)
  • ORG 8632 Evaluating Conflict Resolution Processes (3 credits)

Sport and Performance Psychology

  • PSY 7301 Advanced Performance Enhancement I: Core Mind-Body Practices (3 credits)
  • PSY 7305 Advanced Psychomotor Development & Kinesiology (3 credits)
  • PSY 7311 Advanced Performance Enhancement II: Integrative Mind-Body Practices (3 credits)
  • PSY 7314 Rehabilitation in Sports & Performance (3 credits)
  • PSY 7330 Sport & Performance Psychology as a Business (3 credits)
  • PSY 7317 Advanced Group Dynamics in Sports & Performance Settings (3 credits)
  • PSY 7321 Advanced Performance Enhancement III: The Psychology of Peak Experience (3 credits)

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for the PsyD, a student must successfully complete the following:

  • The approved program consisting of 62 credits;
  • Applied Doctoral Project or Dissertation requirements;
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 in all coursework attempted at the University; and
  • Three non-credit In-Residence Workshops.

The degree will be noted on the transcript as a Doctor of Psychology with specialization as applicable.

Note: The date of degree conferral recorded on the student’s transcript and diploma will reflect the end of the term in which the student completes all degree requirements. However, release of transcripts, diplomas, and verifications for degrees awarded are contingent upon submission of an electronic version of the Applied Doctoral Project or Dissertation for binding, the Petition to Graduate form, payment of the graduation fee, and payment of any outstanding balances with the University.

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