Doctoral Program of Study (Prior to Fall 2016)

An OILS PhD candidate must complete an approved Program of Study, exclusive of the dissertation, of no less than 78 graduate credit hours. All candidates complete the required core courses (18 credit hours), concentration courses (15 credit hours), interdisciplinary supporting area courses (30 credit hours) and research courses (15 credit hours).

Candidates for the PhD are required to demonstrate inquiry skills appropriate to conducting scholarly research. The identification and certification of the inquiry skills are completed by the student's Program of Study Committee prior to the candidate'€™s starting work on a dissertation.

The dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy must demonstrate an ability to conduct independent research and competence in scholarly exposition. It should present original investigation at an advanced level, of a significant problem and should provide the basis for a publishable contribution to the research literature of the major field.

The PhD degree in Organization, Information and Learning Sciences includes a minimum 78 course work credit hours plus 18 dissertation hours.

Doctoral Core (18 credit hours)

Prerequisites: OILS 543, OILS 541, and OILS 570 or equivalent courses. Prerequisites are not applied to the 78 credit hours required.

Course Name Course Title Credit Hours
OILS 600 Science, Technology, and Society 3
OILS 601 Advanced Instructional Design 3
OILS 690 Dissertation Proposal Seminar 3
OILS 696 Internship 3
  Plus 6 credit hours of doctoral level seminar courses to be selected from the following 3 credit hour seminars:  
OILS 608 Advanced Seminar in Organizational and Program Evaluation 3
OILS 635 Research in Distance Education 3
OILS 639 Advanced Technology Seminar 3
OILS 641 Advanced Seminar in Organizational Development and Consulting 3
OILS 661 Transformational Learning 3

Doctoral Concentration (15 credit hours)

These credit hours are chosen from the OILS 500- and 600-level courses. The courses selected are chosen in concert with the student'€™s advisor and reflect the student's particular programmatic interest. For example, if students are particularly interested in the use of multimedia and distance learning technologies, they choose a set of courses that help them develop these areas of expertise. Likewise, if students are interested in training and organization development knowledge and skills, they choose courses that develop these areas of expertise.

It is recommended that students select doctoral-level (600-level) courses for the concentration.

Students must seek advisor approval, if they want to take any of these 15 credits hours outside of OILS.

Research Requirement (15 credit hours)

Course Name Course Title Credit Hours
LLSS 502 Naturalistic Inquiry or equivalent 3
EDPY 505 Conducting Quantitative Educational Research or equivalent 3
EDPY 511 Introductory Educational Statistics or equivalent 3
EDPY 603 Applied Statistical Design and Analysis or equivalent 3
  Plus an additional 600-level research course 3

For a Qualitative Dissertation, take one additional qualitative course (e.g., LEAD/LLSS 605 or equivalent).

For a Quantitative Dissertation, take one additional quantitative course (e.g., EDPY 604 or 606 or equivalent).

Interdisciplinary Supporting Area (30 credit hours)

Courses should be selected in consultation with the student's Program of Study Committee Chairperson to support an interdisciplinary course of study. Courses may include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • Educational Psychology
  • Educational Leadership
  • Communication
  • Public Administration
  • Organization and Management
  • Foreign Languages
  • Computer Science
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • Psychology
  • Health Education

At least 24 credit hours of the interdisciplinary supporting area must be outside of OILS. (For students who obtained a Master's degree in OILS, only 6 OILS credit hours may be used for the supporting area).