The Ph.D. program is based on the student's grasp of recreation subject matter, competency to plan and conduct research, and the ability to effectively and professionally use written and oral communication.
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.
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.
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:
Total 60 hours
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.
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.
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.
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:
Approval of dissertation by the Graduate School
Coordinator of Graduate Studies
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