PhD Milestone

Purpose

PhD programs are designed to guide students through the process of becoming independent researchers and educators.

The goals of PhD students should be:

  • to become scholars by absorbing large bodies of academic literature and critically analyzing the state-of-the-art, including its shortcomings;
  • to become effective communicators by learning how to express ideas clearly in writing, individual meetings, and public seminars; and
  • to become innovators by creating new thought, theories, technologies, or paradigms that advance the state-of-the-art.

By the end of the PhD program, students are expected to be experts in a research field and the intellectual peers of the faculty. Successful students are driven by a passion to develop creative ideas and make an impact through their intellectual contributions. It is the highest calling in academics.

Academic Planning

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Hospitality Administration is designed to be 3-year, full-time, on-campus program. Students enrolled on a part-time basis will necessarily take longer to complete their course of study. Students must actively meet with faculty during their first year to start the process of securing a dissertation committee chair. Students are responsible for securing their dissertation committee chair and completing the Dissertation Committee Chair Agreement form within 18 months of enrolling in the program. Students work closely with their chair research for their dissertation and on the writing of their dissertation.

Students should work closely with the Hospitality Office of Graduate Programs to ensure that coursework requirements are met and the deadlines below are met. This timeline assumes that coursework is being completed during years two years of the program and that research is conducted throughout the duration of the program.  

Full-Time PhD Student
  • First Year
    • Fall Term: Explore potential dissertation committee chairs.
    • Spring Term: Explore potential dissertation committee chairs and complete Qualifying Exam (May).  
  • Second Year
    • Fall Term: Secure dissertation committee chair (December) and submit Dissertation Chair Approval Form.
    • Spring Term: Submit the Graduate College Appointment of Advisory Committee Approval form and the Plan of Study with the Graduate College by May 15.
    • Summer Term: Complete Comprehensive Exam (July). For students who pass this exam, submit the Dissertation Prospectus Form to register for dissertation credits prior to the start of the Fall (or next semester) term.
  • Third Year
    • Fall Term: Complete Dissertation Proposal Defense Exam.
    • Spring Term: Complete Dissertation Final Exam and deposit dissertation.

For a detailed plan to help you keep on track, please click here.

Part-Time PhD Student

Note: Coursework should be completed by end of Fall term of 4th year. Students completing the degree on a part-time basis has 6 years to complete all degree requirements and graduate from the program.

  • First Year
    • Explore potential dissertation committee chairs.
  • Second Year
  • Third Year
    • Work on coursework and dissertation research.
  • Fourth Year
    • Spring Term: Submit the Graduate College Appointment of Advisory Committee Approval form Submit Plan of Study to the Graduate College by May 15.
    • Summer Term: Complete Comprehensive Exam (July). For students who pass this exam, submit the Dissertation Prospectus Form to register for dissertation credits prior to the start of the Fall (or next semester) term.
  • Fifth Year
    • Fall Term: Complete Dissertation Proposal Defense Exam.
    • Spring Term: Complete Final Exam and deposit dissertation.

For a detailed plan to help you keep on track, please click here.

Doctoral Milestones