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Ph.D Degree

All graduate assistants must have additional work assignments that are outside their primary assistantship cleared with the Assistantship Supervisor. Please fill out the Graduate Assistantship Additional Work Clearance Form.

Ph.D Course Worksheet

Curriculum Requirements:

Graduate study at the Ph.D. level must maintain flexibility. The study program for each candidate is directed by that Candidate's Advisory Committee. It is anticipated that a program of study would approximate the following example.

Minimum Course Requirements:

Since the program is designed to maintain flexibility, course requirements will vary based on student needs. However, it is anticipated that a program of study will approximate at least the following:

  • Research/Methods 3/2 Combination (selected with advisor approval) 15 hours
  • PRTM 910 Research Seminar 2 hours
  • PRTM 911 Teaching/Professional Development 1 hour
  • PRTM 801 or PHIL 821 (see below) 3 hours
  • PRTM 808 Behavioral Aspects of PRTM 3 hours
  • Collateral area (focused study area selected in consultation with student's committee) 18 hours
  • Dissertation Research credits 18 hours

Total 60 hours

PHIL 825:

Advanced Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 3 credits (3 and 0) F. Inquiry into the conceptual foundations of empirical science, in particular, the often tacit presuppositions of substantive and methodological assumptions shared by a scientific community.


The student's committee must consist of at least four (4) members and the majority of the advisory committee, including the major advisor, must be comprised of Clemson University faculty from the program offering the particular degree and who hold full-time tenure-track positions. Part-time and visiting faculty employed by Clemson may serve on this committee but not serve as Chair. Persons not employed by Clemson University may serve if they have been appointed to an adjunct faculty status.

Comprehensive Exam:

An exam is required and may be oral and/or written, as determined by the student's committee. It should be designed to ascertain the general knowledge of the candidate, with particular reference to the major and collateral subjects, and the student's area of research. The comprehensive examination usually is given during a student's final semester of classes or soon thereafter.

Final Doctoral Oral Examination:

The student must pass a final dissertation defense at least three weeks prior to the commencement at which the student plans to graduate.


To receive the Doctor of Philosophy degree, the student must complete at least 15 semester hours of graduate credit including research credit (991) on the Clemson University campus in a continuous 12-month period.

Time Limit:

The time limit for this degree is determined by the dates by which essential ingredients of the degree are completed. The following must be passed in the five-year period prior to graduation:

  • Comprehensive examination
  • Defense of dissertation
  • Approval of dissertation by the Graduate School

For Further Information Contact:

Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
Clemson University
128 McGinty Court
263 Lehotsky Hall
Clemson, SC 29634-0735